DUNDALK, MD. (WJZ) — Multiple arrests were made outside the carnival at the Eastpoint Mall after fights broke out Sunday night.

Baltimore County Police said at least 20 people were arrested after the carnival shut down. Police said Monday an additional six had been arrested.

Carnival staff members made the decision to close down the carnival at around 6 p.m. Sunday night because it was too crowded.

“We do believe some people in the crowd were instigators that kind of instigated a larger crowd to do this large disturbance that we ended up having. We did have some fights that were breaking out in the parking lot,” said Cpl. Shawn Vinson, Baltimore County Police spokesman.

Police said at that time, about 1,000 people began to disperse into neighborhoods and the surrounding area, and multiple fights began.

Police said they received several 911 calls about a large disturbance, and they responded with a helicopter and K-9 units, using pepper spray to get people out, and over 50 officers responded to the scene.

“We were aware of the carnival we did have contact with the carnival officials and Eastpoint officials so we did have a plan in place and we believe we executed this plan as best as possible that was able to bring this situation and deescalate it pretty quickly,” Vinson said.

This incident comes less than a month after 9 teens were arrested for fighting inside the Eastpoint Mall during a high school March Madness party.

9 Juveniles Arrested, Several In Multiple Fights, Destruction Of Property At Eastpoint Mall Incident

Police said they are working with mall owners to stop the violence.

The mall doesn’t currently have a curfew in place, but other malls do- including White Marsh who announced a mandatory curfew in early March.

Baltimore County Councilman Todd Crandell posted to Facebook saying in part:

“All the work being done to strengthen and improve our community is being undermined by city residents who somehow think it is okay to run wild, intimate drivers at intersections and come to our community to do nothing more than commit crime or cause chaos,”

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski said they were not aware of the councilman’s concerns when WJZ reached out for comment.

“The County Executive is not interested in pointing fingers. We are working with the mall, the police, and the community to come up with long term sustainable solutions. We had similar concerns at Towson and White Marsh. We hadn’t heard from the Councilman, so we weren’t aware of his concerns,”

Olszewski has said they need to find a solution.

“I know its the second incident in just a few weeks there at a site so we will be engaging in a longer term solution, I’m confident we’ll find like Towson and White Marsh it may even be the same problem,” Olszewski said.

Olszewski tweeted a statement in response that read in part, “While many young people in our communities are doing the right thing, anyone who gathers to fight or cause a disturbance will be held accountable,”

Some neighbors said the mall doesn’t need a curfew.

“It could’ve been shootings stabbings it was none of that, it was just a crowd that got broke up, youth being youth,” said Rocky, a neighbor of the area.

Police said there were no injuries, and that while the carnival was originally scheduled to go until May 4, it is shut down for the remainder of the scheduled days.

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Kelsey Kushner

Comments (9)
  1. One problem guys…i tweeted both you and Baltimore County about this 2 hours ago. You have bus lines constantly going down through Eastern Avenue. WHy wasn’t Dundalk and the community informed of this sooner than 8:30? Why did it take this long to mention? And as someone who lives just about a mile and a half away from there….can someone please share the brilliance in allowing a carnival to be ran on Eater Sunday? What idiot is making these decisions at that mall?

  2. Keep the out of control hoodrats in the city, since they don’t know how to act out in public!
    Hold the PARENTS accountable, fine them! When you start costing the parents money you cant bet it will stop!!

  3. Larry Motley says:

    I have zero faith in the authorities to properly discipline these miscreants.

  4. Tickedoff Person says:

    The animals aren’t in the city anymore. They already transplanted themselves in area’s where it is easy pickings. Nothing left for them in the city. So their targets live in the county. County going to have to learn to start beating the hell out of them on site. Confront them on the corners, harass them on the street. They do back down when confronted. Your going to have to fight to reclaim your neighborhood….or just be victims

  5. WE the hard working HONEST LAW ABIDING citizens who PAY HUGE taxes to use our public roads, we have to be inconvenienced for HOURS while they cage and round up out of control hoodrats! NOT to mention the danger they put everyone else in! STOP THIS OUT OF CONTROL BEHAVIOR NOW AT ALL COST!! Parents must be so proud of the way their little POOKY”S act in public when left to supervise themselves. Sings volumes doesn’t it?? WE ARE FED UP WITH THIS BEHAVIOR FROM THE BLACK JUVENILE COMMUNITY!!! HUGE FINES FOR THE PARENTS IT WILL ALL STOP!! They need to pay the cost for the resources used to cage THEIR children!!

  6. Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski you kidding me!! You better be aware, it’s YOUR JOB!! You need to treat this with the seriousness it deserves, I live in this area and I have to live with the disruption of MY life and risk being mugged or injured over city HOODRATS acting like UNCAGED ANIMALS while you live in your SECURE gated protected community! Boy are you turning out to be a disappointment, first raising our taxes and second the MAYHEM being caused in Eastern Baltimore County your seem oblivious to what’s happening, BTW second incident in two weeks!! SMH!!!! THANK YOU Baltimore County Councilman Todd Crandell for treating with the seriousness and concern for us residents in the area and tax payers!

  7. What is wrong with you Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski?? “The County Executive is not interested in pointing fingers” You need to point fingers and STOP acting like it’s no big deal!! IT”S CALLED ACCOUNTABILITY AND IF WE HAD MORE OF IT WE WOULD NOT BE HAVING THIS PROBLEM!! Go head keep giving them a free pass…When it happens again because of your lack of accountability to the ones creating this ongoing problem, I’ll be asserting my constitutional right and protesting out side your office!

  8. Noobie Rb says:

    And the hoodlum slime comes out of the City to destroy county civilization.

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