Fistfight breaks out in Modesto Mall on Thanksgiving night

Black Friday fight
A screen grab of a video taken of a fight that broke out during the night at a Modesto mall.
(CBS Sacramento)

While Southern California shoppers have so far enjoyed a relatively tranquil Thanksgiving and Black Friday, a fight broke out farther north at a mall in Modesto.

The brawl at the Vintage Faire Mall erupted on Thursday night, according to the Modesto Bee. About six men were involved in the fight, which moved quickly into the entrance of the JCPenney store, according to a YouTube video taken of the incident.

Modesto Police Lt. Steve Stanfield said he wasn’t sure if officers were called to the scene. He said any officer who would have responded is probably still asleep. There were no reported victims, however, and no documentation of anyone taken into custody.

“I talked to the graveyard units and they knew nothing about it,” Stanfield said. When he got into work today, “everybody was looking at each other going, ‘Did anybody know there was a fight at the mall?’”


“We’re trying to see if anyone responded,” he added.

Scenes of violence have marred Black Friday in previous years. In 2011, for example, a woman at a Porter Ranch store pepper-sprayed several customers in what authorities described as  a “shopping rage” incident.

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