2 arrested after Jackson Square security guard brawl caught on tape
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Two men have been arrested and are facing assault charges after a fight broke out between a group of BMX riders and security at Jackson Square mall in Hamilton, Ont. last week.
A video of part of the incident has been watched over 356,000 times on YouTube.
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According to police, Jackson Square security officers from Intelligarde had dealt with a group of men who were riding their BMX bicycles in the food court and “had been belligerent with the officers and were asked to leave the property.”
The men came back a short time later. Mall security told them to leave, and that’s when the men became “verbally aggressive,” police say.
"Our guys felt they were looking for a fight," Intelligarde chief operating officer Chris Botting told CBC News. BMX rider Tyler Rizzi says things went down very differently, and that the security guards themselves instigated the altercation.
On Monday, police announced that two men were arrested in connection with the fight. A 24-year-old man from Huntsville was charged with assault, and an 18-year-old man was charged with assault level two.
The 18-year-old is facing the stiffer charge because there was a weapon involved, Const. Debbie McGreal-Dinning told CBC Hamilton. “That’s because of the weapon – he was using a shoe,” she said.
Though police were originally looking for three people connected to the case, only two were arrested. “They may have interviewed others, but they didn’t have grounds to charge them,” McGreal-Dinning said, adding that in some cases, police take it into account when someone “helps identify” other people who are wanted in a case.
McGreal-Dinning couldn’t yet say if Rizzi was one of the men arrested, but said that information should be released later Monday.
By his own account, Rizzi has tangled with security guards before. He posted this image on his Instagram account last year:
A second video shot inside the mall was also released on Rizzi’s YouTube account over the weekend:
Anyone who has more information on the case or saw what happened is asked to call police at 905-546-3816 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.