Five arrested in Highland Mall riots



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Posted on October 28, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 6:40 PM

AUSTIN -- Police say several members of a giant crowd have been arrested for inciting a riot at Highland Mall.

Around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, a crowd of more than 200 people became confrontational outside the House of Torment haunted attraction. Police say people were throwing rocks and ignoring officers' commands to leave. They also reportedly refused to back away from police who were dealing with fights. Those brawls spanned from Highland Mall Boulevard around the parking lot to Airport Boulevard.

Austin-Travis County EMS was called in for assistance. They treated seven people at the scene for assault and crowd-related injuries.

APD says they arrested Tyrie Ockleberry, 17, for resisting arrest. Charles Robertson-Davis, 22, was arrested for participating in a riot. Ahmad Valdez-Carter, 17, was arrested for running from officers. Winzell Washington, 17, was arrested for giving false identification.

Police say a juvenile was also arrested. Three others were given citations for disorderly conduct.

According to one of the arrest affidavits, there were pockets of people fighting in the area. There were also people walking on top of cars and acting "obnoxiously."

The Air One helicopter was called in to monitor the scene from above.

While the incident occurred in the parking lot outside of House of Torment, Vice President Jon Love issued a statement saying the incident did not involve any of its patrons.

See Love's full statement below:


"The incident last night in the Highland Mall parking lot did not involve House of Torment patrons. Safety is of the utmost concern at House of Torment. We always employ a large staff of highly trained security to ensure the safety of our patrons. And we are proud to say that in the 11 years we have been open, we have been without incident. We would also like to thank the Austin Police Department for their help in keeping Halloween safe for everyone this season."