Mall Brawl Quelled with Help from Off-Duty Cops

An escalating fight at Orland Square Mall on Thursday was stopped with the aid of off-duty law enforcement who were shopping at the time, according to Orland Park Police.



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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George December 28, 2013 at 08:37 AM
Soon Orland Mall will become like Lincoln Mall.
NANCY GRACE December 28, 2013 at 09:04 AM
George I believe when country club hills builds the outlet.mall alot of the drama and problems will stay east....fingers crossed.
George December 28, 2013 at 09:27 AM
Wishful thinking Nancy but I have my doubts.
Christie Becker December 28, 2013 at 10:47 AM
George and Nancy, what are either of you doing other than posting your opinions on the Patch? All of your underhanded comments are not changing anything. Pretty soon you will have to move.....whatever happens anywhere else in Southland YOU live here and TALKING this way only insights bad responses; that's getting old, how about something new?
Rita Ramos December 28, 2013 at 11:50 AM
Hey Christie that's what the comment section is for...duh!!! If u think its so old than why r u responding? If u don't like it don't respond to it and give it life. I believe we live in America and that's what I helped fight for is freedom of speech. So if u don't like something...ignore it, it's that simple!!!
Christie Becker December 28, 2013 at 01:22 PM
Rita, free speech costs. And just like many things, if you use it for GOOD instead of 'not good' it would be that much more powerful. I'm all for free speech, but if your actions don't back it up then it's useless air. If you are happy with the status quo and all the bad results, I don't care to live near that behavior nor people who condone it. BTW I wasn't attempting to suppress their free speech, simply pointing out the tone, what's your angle? And if I should ignore them, then why didn't you ignore me? See how that works....passion drives response doesn't it.
George December 28, 2013 at 05:23 PM
People don't want the Rif Raft coming in their neighborhood which occurs with certain groups. These people are ˈpeople who are not respectable : people who have very low social status.
Mike Fangman December 28, 2013 at 05:43 PM
As opposed to people of high social status who drive drunk and beat their wives.
Christie Becker December 28, 2013 at 06:36 PM
George, I agree nobody wants negativity where we live, but what are some constructive methods to address these issues without being so negative?
George December 28, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Christie unfortunately there is not much that can be done. Public places like Malls and stores such as Walmart draws people of all types. If you have some magic idea to solve this issue let's hear it. I'm open to any ideas from anyone.
George December 28, 2013 at 06:48 PM
I'm wondering what happened to Lincoln Mall? Why did it become abandoned? Was it because certain groups are destructive no matter what they are given. Why was it vibrant and now almost vacant?
Mike Fangman December 28, 2013 at 10:54 PM
George, if you want to blame people of a different skin tone (that seems to be what you're inferring), good on you. I'll blame the companies that owned the steel mills that employed people in the south suburbs shipping jobs overseas to save a buck.
Christie Becker December 29, 2013 at 09:30 AM
Nancy, your husband's color is totally irrelevant (right?). I'm totally confused as to why that makes 'it' (what is 'it'?) Ok? Apparently you feel that having a black husband excuses something...please elaborate; I'd really like to understand.
Michael M. December 29, 2013 at 11:27 AM
Mike-- steel mills didn't send jobs oversees.
George December 29, 2013 at 11:43 AM
Mike Fangman when a certain skin color is the majority they tend to destroy themselves. Why who is to blame? Look St themselves not others for their criminal and anti social behavior. Facts have shown 93% of all crime committed in New York City is from two groups the rest 7% by Whites why?
George December 29, 2013 at 11:48 AM
Don't tell me because of poverty and no jobs. My grandparents lived throuh the Great Depression and didn't resort to criminal behavior. You could walk down the steer at night and not worry about getting mugged or killed. Why? They had no Food Stamps or welfare in those days. Why do people if color destroy their neighborhood? Why is Lincoln Mall Vacant? Give me anwers not excuses.
Chad December 29, 2013 at 03:15 PM
This behavior does not make our society stronger. If you want to live in a community, you can't act like this.
jack hess December 29, 2013 at 09:42 PM
These type of shitstains have ruin many a good neighborhood. They have no respect for themselves or others. Some of their parents are just as bad. Remember criminals have no race or color. There are shitstains in every race. Don't make excuse for these shitstains behavior. Look at the FACTS. Go to Jackass.com to see who doing all the crime. People all over country are disgusted with the behavior of all shitstains. The Judges of Crook County need to sentence these shitstains to spend time cleaning up trash on the streets or in neighborhoods that look like a garbage dump. People quit making excuses for all these shitstains an start taking action against the shitstains in your neighborhood. You know who they are an what they are up to. Call the Police with information on the shitstains. You don't have to give your name. Give the police a tip so they can start investigating them or you can sit back and do nothing, but complaint. If look think a crime is going to happen no matter where you are at, call the police and give your location and description of the shitstains involved, RACE, Height, weight and what they are wearing. Most important what the shitstains are doing. YOU DON"T HAVE TO GIVE YOUR NAME! If you take a stand against all Shitstains in every neighborhood, fight back. Thank you and God Bless America.
Michael M. December 29, 2013 at 10:06 PM
I think you used "shitstain" way too much.
Christie Becker December 30, 2013 at 08:20 AM
George you speak of an entire group of people about a behavior displayed by a minority. What makes you think that all people of color destroy where they live? It makes no sense for such a blanket statement. How can you say that with validity. If that's true why isn't Nancy living in squalor or even you (since your spouses are people of color)? There are destructive people in every race, I for one don't agree with this behavior from ANY race. When villages (communities raised children and people corrected 'children's' bad behavior then productive children resulted. Now adults are afraid of children and teens and instead of doing something they sit on blogs and complain, name call and point fingers (using great English and spelling - mostly) at one group and think it is productive. Our communities need help not all the posturing and pontificating!
Bob Laird December 30, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Christie. actually step out of the house, pick up the newspaper and read it. particularly on Monday when they give the weekend body count. Or just turn on the news. Even the liberal media can't cover up all the behavior displayed by minorities. blanket statement? sad, but that's the way it is.
George December 31, 2013 at 05:22 PM
I know some people are afraid to go to the Movie Theatre at night. I wonder why. The samething will happen at Orland Marcus eventually. The dark people refuse to go to the Country Club Hills Thestre. They have to ruin our neighborhood.
George December 31, 2013 at 05:27 PM
People are afraid to go to the movies at night in Crestwood. I wonder why.
Hannah January 01, 2014 at 02:05 PM
When people of color do something wrong, people claim it's because of their race. When white people do something wrong, it's either justified in some unreasonable way or just because they are not a good person. I find it sad that it is 2014, and there are still such prejudiced and blind-priveleged people. I'm so sorry. I really hope one day you can all grow and expand from the narrow mindset you live in.
Michael M. January 01, 2014 at 05:23 PM
Hananah, it is not because of their race. It is the culture and the values that are instilled. It just happens that this occurs predominantly in the black race. There are myriad of reasons, one is the absence of Fathers, another is the break up of the black family due to govt. interference. When a group of people are told by govt and community leaders they are owed something because of past wrongs, they begin to believe it. Black people are not born bad or less valuable than any other person on earth and we are allthe same in the eyes of God; but when people who crave power, like politicians and community leaders, proclaim they will save the black community from their ills they remove any incentive for that community to become self reliant. You have to ask why the black population in America had barely any growth from the 2000-2010 census. Because they have been told abortion and abandoning the family is acceptable. It is just another form of enslavement and would happen to any race or group of people that are targeted. Just my opinion.
George January 01, 2014 at 05:38 PM
I'm all for free abortions and birth contol we don't need anymore undesirables collecting food stamps, free cell phone and free section 8 rent, free school, free school lunches, free education paid by the tax payers
Michael M. January 01, 2014 at 05:45 PM
See now George represents the classic misunderstanding of the dichotomy of society. That misunderstanding is the root of racism; but doesn't necessarily mean one is a racist. They get to racism by the same manner as described in my previous post; it is learned.
Mike Fangman January 02, 2014 at 12:12 AM
George, did you know the "free cell phone" program was started by the Republicans?
Michael M. January 02, 2014 at 12:19 AM
Why does it matter who started the program? George was addressing the end user. It doesn't matter who started it; the govt shouldn't be the provider.


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