It was the Black Friday fight that gave the Roseville Galleria a black eye but as it turns out, it’s what happens five hours later that lead to arrests.
Police say 21-year-old Roberto Volz and 19-year-old Sandy Orellana, along with a 16-year-old from Citrus Heights and a 17-year-old from Turlock, were on one side of the fight.
According to reports, later that morning they showed-up at the Roseville home of a man who was on the other side. Roseville Police say they took hammers and bats to that person’s car, smashing in all four windows, the headlights, and leaving it a dented mess.
Police arrested them on vandalism, conspiracy and perhaps most notably- gang related charges. Investigators believe the Black Friday Mall Brawl was no door-buster donnybrook, but that it actually had been a long time in the making.
Speaking of a long time, watch the video of the fight a second time. It lasts 18 seconds. And witnesses say that two sides had been talking trash to each other for 10 minutes of more prior.
“They were throwing things,” said one man. “I saw a trash can lid almost hit a couple of bystanders.”
So where was mall security? At the Roseville Galleria, security is usually all over the place.
In a statement released today, a mall spokesperson said, “(…)it is truly unfortunately that some people chose to act badly. For obvious reason, we do not talk about security.”
Since the video was posted to YouTube, it’s gained national attention. Even comedian and “Colbert Report” host Stephen Colbert joked about it Monday night, tweeting, “Seeing the footage of people fighting over underwear on Black Friday upsets me. Now their kids know they’re getting underwear for Christmas!” Colbert is referring to how close the fight was to a Victoria’s Secret store.
Ian McDonald contributed to this report.