MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -
Some shoppers at Wolfchase Galleria say their perceptions of the shopping center changed after a rash of crime there.
Police were called to the mall on Wednesday for an aggravated assault involving Kevin Williams and Marcus Dorris.
According to police, the two men owed each other money and agreed to meet at the mall to discuss the matter. That's when they got into a fight, which led to a car-ramming match in the parking lot. The affidavit also says the men were throwing objects at cars.
Williams and Dorris each face vandalism charges.
This incident comes just months after reports that a large teen fight happened in the mall during the Christmas holiday season. A man was also arrested a month ago, accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint and stealing her purse.
Since October 1, 2014, Memphis Police Department responded to 392 calls at Wolfchase Galleria.
“It's just too much crime over there. It's just too much, and I have two small children, and I'm just not going to go there,” said Leslie Arp.
The recent crime has some people thinking twice about shopping at Wolfchase Galleria.
“That does make me a little bit hesitant to shop there,” said shopper Sarah Bird.
On the other hand, some mall shoppers say crime is everywhere, and you really can't run from it.
“You can live in the best of the best, and there's always crime in some shape, form or fashion,” said shopper Amber Partee.
The general manager at Wolfchase Galleria released the following statement Thursday:
"Wolfchase Galleria does not have a high incidence of crime as is being reported.
Last night's isolated incident is a good example of a situation being blown out of proportion before the investigation was completed by the local police department. Two individuals who knew each other met up in the parking lot after the mall closed and got into a physical altercation. There were no weapons involved and no one was injured.
Crime is low at Wolfchase Galleria, which we attribute to our comprehensive security program. We employ extensive security measures which include working closely with the Memphis Police Department, providing 24 hour interior and exterior security patrols, monitoring our CCTV channels and more. Our top priority remains the safety of our shoppers and employees.”
Police provided the following breakdown of the recent calls to Wolfchase Galleria:
2 - ABNV (abandoned vehicles)
43 - Traffic Crashes
1 - Burglary Alarm
1 - Ambulance Call
4 - Armed Parties
2 - Armed Robberies of an Individual
15 - Auto Thefts
8 - Be on the look outs (BOLO)
2 - Check on the Welfare of an Individual
25 - Complaint
31 - Disturbances
14 - Fights
90 - Holding Prisoners
1 - Prowler to Business
4 - Vehicle Prowler
3 - Shots Fired
19 - Suspicious Calls
32 - Theft calls
The other 95 were for traffic stops and ambulance calls.
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