There was mayhem at an Humble mall as a crowd got unruly while waiting in line to purchase a high-dollar pair of sneakers. Police were called out to Deerbrook Mall before the sun came up as hundreds converged on the mall, hoping to be among the first to get their hands on the latest Nike Air Jordans.
More than 500 people lined up outside the mall. So many people that a fight broke out when some people were apparently trying to get ahead in line. Some glass doors were even broken.
They were all in line waiting for the most sought after shoe of the season.
"There are Jordans that just came out, the Cool Grays," said eyewitness Trevon Davis.
"Some people didn’t get a chance to get in," said witness Aaron Perkins.
But not everyone was waiting patiently and when the malls planned to open at 6am, it began to go awry.
"They are bomb rushing, running in, and pushing in everybody out the way in line so they can get them or get a chance to get them," said Davis.
"People got pushed down the stairs. I saw it," said another eyewitness.
Multiple Harris County sheriff’s deputies and Precinct 4 deputies, Humble Police officers and Metro Police officers converged on the mall to keep everyone in order.
K-9 units were deployed in the mall along with officers geared in assault gear including helmets, vests and carrying AR-15 weapons.
Just before 6am as officers discovered some people already in the mall who had either broken in or hid in the mall through the night Channel 13’s helicopter made a low pass. That’s when police officers were really surprised at the number of people on the roof of the mall. One officer said the suspects on the roof thought it to be a police helicopter and fled their positions.
Police also praised the wrecker drivers who responded to the officers needing help in a show of force.
At this point officers blocked all entrances to the mall not allowing any access and the opening time was moved from 6am to 9am.
In all over 40 patrol cars from various agencies fortified the police line. Officers on their PA systems warning people to stay in their vehicle or be arrested.
By mid-morning, the crowd was under control and all that waiting was apparently worth it as some walked out with the sought-after $200 Air Jordans.
There was no word of any major injuries.