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Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2014 8:00 pm

Three teens have been charged after a large fight at Potomac Mills mall Saturday night.

Police were called to the mall before 7 p.m. Saturday to investigate reports of a large crowd fighting and shots fired. Initial reports of shots fired were not true, police said, but officers encountered a group of about 20 teens “actively fighting,” Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok said in a news release.

Tuesday, detectives from the police department’s gang unit identified three suspects involved in the fight. Police said the fight “stemmed from an ongoing dispute between two rival street gangs.”

Two 15-year-old Woodbridge boys and a 14-year-old Triangle boy were arrested and charged with malicious wounding, assault and battery and two counts of criminal gang participation.

The three teens are being held at the juvenile detention center and information about their next court date was not released.

The fight came 10 days after a 17-year-old was slashed "multiple times" with pocket knives in what police described as a gang attack outside Manassas Mall. Several teens have been charged in that case.

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  • Janet posted at 2:53 pm on Wed, May 7, 2014.

    Janet Posts: 15

    I think names, regardless of age, should be posted along with their addresseses and maybe parents would know where their teenagers are and with whom.

  • John Smith posted at 6:23 pm on Sun, Feb 23, 2014.

    John Smith Posts: 144

    MS-13 or Hispanic gangs probably responsible for the Manassas Mall incident too.

  • John Smith posted at 6:21 pm on Sun, Feb 23, 2014.

    John Smith Posts: 144

    Gang problems have been in PWC for a while since the MS-13 invasion that basically destroyed parts of Manassas. Remains to be seen who are the individuals involved with this incident, why no names?

  • msk779 posted at 5:29 pm on Fri, Feb 21, 2014.

    msk779 Posts: 14

    It's already here. There are known gang members that live in the Lake Ridge area, and consequently multiple break-ins (car and homes) over the past couple years--and 5 of them in one day recently! They are becoming very bold. If there's not a gang task force in PWC, there needs to be. There has to be a hard crack-down or the problem will proliferate quickly. We have a neighborhood watch group in our HOA. But it is the police force that needs to be stepped up.

  • TuefelHunden posted at 5:10 pm on Fri, Feb 21, 2014.

    TuefelHunden Posts: 281

    The parents should be ashamed. This "culture of violence" garbage belongs in DC and Southern MD, I like to hope it stays out of PWC.

  • kl posted at 4:23 pm on Fri, Feb 21, 2014.

    kl Posts: 163

    Good. Residence of PWC are not going to put up with this BS. Parents need to do a better job of raising their kids or turn them over to law enforcement. If your child don’t know how to act in public, stay HOME. [sad]

  • LeRoy posted at 4:19 pm on Fri, Feb 21, 2014.

    LeRoy Posts: 37

    Sometimes it isn't the parents' fault. Can't always blame on the parents, video games or television.

  • flipkey posted at 10:25 am on Fri, Feb 21, 2014.

    flipkey Posts: 180

    Well, they will most likely be useless to society. They will live a life just like this... til they end up killing somebody, and then spend the remainder of their life in jail. Go move to the gangland areas of NY, Cali, or Florida and throw your gang signs up all you want... you are just a joke here in PWC.

  • ItDoesntMatter posted at 8:58 am on Fri, Feb 21, 2014.

    ItDoesntMatter Posts: 15

    Such a disgrace! The parents definitely should be ashamed!

  • InPWCsince69 posted at 8:41 pm on Thu, Feb 20, 2014.

    InPWCsince69 Posts: 146

    The parents should also be arrested for at the very least littering our society with the human garbage they produced.

    Addresses should also be posted!


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