Bieber fever ends in mall mayhem
GARDEN CITY, NY (WABC) -- A planned appearance by a teenage singing sensation at the Roosevelt Field Mall turned into chaos on Friday.
According to a spokeswoman for Roosevelt Field Mall, a store called Justice was having a signing with tween idol Justin Bieber on Friday afternoon.
An estimated three thousand pre-teen girls and their parents had camped out at the mall since 7:00 a.m. for the appearance by the 15-year-old Bieber. The teen singing sensation was going to do a CD signing and performance.
At some point, investigators said the crowd surged toward the location, and aggressive pushing and shoving caused a need for police.
"We saw people getting pushed, moms and dads," one girl said. "We saw 10-year-old girls standing outside by themselves (after getting separated from their parents)."
"One mom broke her arm," said another girl.
NCPD Police units and several Garden City Police units were called to the scene. They cancelled the event and dispersed the crowd.
Jayme Reissman and Driana Eunne told Eyewitness News that the crowd wasn't listening to the police, and fights then broke out. They said at least one girl was tasered and removed by police.
Four to five injuries were reported.
Bieber himself posted on his Twitter that one person among his crew was arrested.
In fact, police made one arrest - James A. Roppo, 44, of Hoboken. He is a senior vice president with Island Def Jam Records.
Nassau Police say Roppo was arrested because he was not helping them disperse the crowd. Police said they asked him numerous times to go online to tell people that the event had been cancelled and to leave. A lot of people in the crowd were using Twitter, so police wanted him to go on there and make the announcement. He refused, so he was arrested, officials said. Eventually Island Def Jam let people know the event was off through Bieber's Twitter page.
Charges against Roppo were pending.
ON THE NET:
long island, garden city, roosevelt field mall, justin bieber, local news
- Man claims football players beat him in Soho club 49 min ago
- AccuWeather: Clear and Cold 25 min ago
- Live: Eyewitness News on 7online streamed live!
- DISH Network signs on for WATCH ABC app
- Fire at Red Carpet Inn in Elmwood Park, New Jersey
- Suspect in Boston rice cooker incident sent to psych hospital 1 min ago
- 6 dead, 290 missing in South Korea ferry disaster 22 min ago
- Rare spring snow coats cars, slicks roads 1 min ago
- Photos: Spring snow around New York area
- Jenny McCarthy announces engagement on "The View"
- Sketch released of suspect in East Village sex assault
- Teen clerk beaten in Astoria deli robbery; $30,000 stolen 25 min ago
- Camera catches Bronx home invaders using victim's card
- College Board provides a glimpse of new SAT
- Rare spring snow coats cars, slicks roads
1 min ago
- AccuWeather: Clear and Cold
25 min ago
- Suspect in Boston rice cooker incident sent...
1 min ago
Most Viewed StoriesMost Viewed Photos