A fight involving eight people was broken up Thursday at Orland Square Mall with the help of off-duty law enforcement officers who were out shopping.
A police officer assigned to patrol at the mall was directed to the first floor about a fight, according the Orland Park Police Department. The officer saw eight people in a verbal and physical altercation. With the help of three off-duty Cook County Sheriff’s deputies and an off-duty Illinois State Police trooper, the fight was broken up shortly thereafter, police said.
“It was good to see four fellow officers came to the aid to calm the situation,” said Orland Park Police Commander John Keating. “It was a very heavy foot traffic day, and they were there just as regular shoppers. It’s not surprising they did that, but we’re grateful nonetheless.”
The fight began with two women who knew each other from high school, and who had prior disagreements, Keating said. Ra’Gene Banks, 19, of Country Club Hills and Shakia Means, 22, of Hazel Crest, were both shopping at the mall when they ran into each other, according to Keating.
During the fight, Means was left with a small cut on her face, but she refused treatment from Orland firefighters who were called to the scene, Keating said.
Banks was charged with battery and disorderly conduct. Means was charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing a peace officer.
Five other people also were charged as a result of the fight:
Granzlee Banks, 20, of Country Club Hills, was charged with disorderly conduct
Shativana Means, 20, of Hazel Crest, was charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing a peace officer
Kenya Robinson, 19, of Hazel Crest, was charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing a peace officer
Dominique McCollum-Smith, 19, of Hazel Crest, was charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing a peace officer and possession of drug paraphernalia
A 17-year-old from Richton Park was charged with battery and disorderly conduct
A marijuana pipe was found on McCollum-Smith, Keating said. Those charged with obstructing a peace officer had resisted arrest in some manor, Keating said.
The adults are scheduled to be in court at Bridgeview on Feb. 24.
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