New arrests in most recent Crossgates Mall brawl 

GUILDERLAND — The New York State Police have arrested four more minors they say were involved in a brawl at Crossgates Mall on Jan. 26 before fleeing in two stolen U-Haul vehicles. This brings the number of minors arrested in the case to 10. 

The State Police announced Monday that they have determined that the second of the two vehicles — which they stopped after a chase — was stolen, and the three minors in that vehicle have been arrested and charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony. Those three minors had previously been interviewed and released. 

 The other new arrest is of a minor state police say had fled from the other stolen vehicle, after it crashed near St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, also following a chase. That minor had fled the accident scene on foot and was identified with security camera footage, according to a release from State Police. He was also charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony, according to the release. 

All were issued appearance tickets for Albany County Family Court. 

A video was posted to Facebook of the Jan. 26 brawl, which occurred outside lululemon athletica on the second floor. Participants had fled by the time Guilderland Police arrived, and state police located the vehicles nearby; both vehicles sped off when Troopers tried to initiate traffic stops. 

Crossgates was also the scene of a brawl on Christmas Eve, also soon before closing, outside the mall’s Beef Jerky outlet. That fight was posted to Twitter and viewed more than 3.2 million times. 

In addition, The Enterprise reported on a brawl never announced by police, which Guilderland Police confirm occurred on Jan. 11. This fight started at the mall entrance to Burlington Coat Factory and spread throughout the store, with people throwing signs and a stroller. A number of customers hid in a storage closet for what one of them estimated to be about 15 minutes; none of them ever called 9-1-1. Perpetrators were gone when police arrived. 

Guilderland Police say they are close to announcing an agreement with mall management for new, stepped-up patrols at the mall. They have not yet said whether taxpayers or Pyramid Management, which owns Crossgates, will pay for these officers to help keep Crossgates safe.

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