If they took CTS to the brawl, how'd they return?
Perhaps the most fascinating part of the whole brawl-at-the-mall that caused Charlottesville Fashion Square to shut down for an hour on Friday night, March 5, is the statement released by Simon Malls. The release declares that unsupervised juveniles–- said to number around 100 by NBC29–- arrived via public transportation. The Newsplex doesn't give a total for the crowd, but Charlottesville Transit Service buses appear to hold a little under 50 people.
Albemarle County Police Corporal Ken Richardson says that preliminary reports suggest total involvement of 30 to 50 people, none of whom have yet been detained.
Richardson says that the only possible weapon, and people are not sure it's connected to the incident, is an ordinary kitchen knife found in a trash can near the scene of the brawl. One person was checked by medical personnel, but nobody, according to Richardson, was transported for medical treatment. As for the public transportation allegation, he says that investigators will investigate.
"We have no knowledge of how they got to the Mall," says Richardson, noting that the investigation is being transferred to Sergeant Linda Jenkins, who oversees the Police's school resource officers.
"On Friday night," says CTS chief Bill Watterson, "some youths rode our bus to the Mall. I have no idea if they were involved."
The #5 and 7 buses go to Fashion Square, and Friday and Saturday evening ridership is usually greater than on weekdays, says Watterson.
CTS reports no recent incidents of gangs of troublesome youths–- or any other age group. Says Watterson, "There has not been anything out of the ordinary with riders."
–last updated 3:17pm, March 9