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Crowd Control Issues Pop Up At Potomac Mills, Manassas, Wheaton, Montgomery, Lake Forest Malls; Related To Air Jordan Concord Release

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Air Jordan XI Concord (Nike)

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Police from Virginia and Maryland reported crowd control issues Friday morning as people tried to get a new pair of Air Jordan Concords. One person is in custody for attempting to steal the shoes in Fredericksburg. Another person was injured in Loudoun County.

Arlington County Police told 9 News Now that they began calling in extra officers to help with crowd control at Pentagon City Mall at 5:11 a.m. There are no specific incidents reported yet, but they are calling in units as a preventative measure.

Montgomery County Police say that Wheaton Plaza, Lake Forest Mall and Montgomery Mall are all having crowd control problems because of the release of the new Air Jordan XI Concord shoes. They say they have been busy for at least 2 hours because of the crowds that have formed at each location. Again, they say there have not been any specific incidents.

However, one person is in custody for attempting to steal a pair of shoes at a mall in Spotsylvania County, says Lt. James Bibbens. According to Bibbens, many of the stores that were carrying the shoes are about to run out of them if they haven't already. Bibbens says between 400 and 500 people showed up right after closing time and started pushing on doors around 7 a.m. Officers were requested and posted at Foot Locker, Finish Line and DTLR.

In Loudoun County, Sheriff's Office authorities say more than 250 people were at the entrance of the Dulles Town Center Mall waiting for stores to open at 3 a.m. They say mall security tried to keep people from getting in but some people were able to enter the mall anyway. According to the sheriff's office, "dozens of people" rushed in but were forced back outside the mall. Mall security then called the sheriff's office for help. The deputies that arrived, however, were "pushed and shoved" against alls and doors and couldn't handle the crowds on their own. More deputies were called in, including Virginia State Police.

Loudoun County authorities say that they didn't make any arrests but one woman was injured during the original rush. They say she had a leg injury and was treated and release dat the mall.

Police in Seattle reportedly pepper sprayed shoe buyers who were pushing and shoving to get to the retro Air Jordans early Friday at a mall. Four people were arrested at an Atlanta shopping mall in a mad dash to get the same shoes, report media outlets in Atlanta.

The Air Jordan XI "Concord" was scheduled to be available this morning at retailers. Michael Jordan wore these shoes during his comeback in the 1994-95 NBA Playoffs "and all throughout the following year as the Chicago Bulls rolled off 72 wins and an NBA Championship to match," reports the Examiner.

KICKSONFIRE.COM: Release Dates Of Air Jordans

For those who don't remember these iconic shoes, Kicksonfire.com further describes the shoes: "The Air Jordan 11 (XI) Original (OG) - Concords (White / Black - Dark Concord) were released in November, 1995, and retailed for $125. They are dubbed the Concords, after the official colorway. They feature a white upper with black patent leather around the base, which was the first time patent leather had been used on a basketball shoe. They also feature a clear outsole, which is adored by many, but made many Jordan fanatics disappointed at the fact that they turn yellow after a while. Other specs of the shoe include a carbon fiber spring plate, ballistic nylon uppers, a Huarache inner sleeve, quick lace system, carbon fiber sheath and air sole."

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