3 in custody following 3rd Independence Center disturbance in 3 weeks

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Posted at 2:37 PM, Jan 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-10 20:59:00-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Three men were taken into custody on Sunday following a disturbance at Independence Center.

Police responded Sunday afternoon to the mall’s food court for an incident “involving possibly armed subjects,” according to John Syme, Independence Police public information officer.

No shots were fired, and police determined that the men were carrying toy guns, Syme said.

Officers did not locate any real weapons.

A mall spokesperson told 4`1 Action News that one person was charged with "terroristic threats," while Independence police said the three were charged with disorderly conduct.

41 Action News has reached out to the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office regarding the terroristic threat charge and has not yet received a response.

This is the second disturbance at the mall in 2021. On Jan. 5, one person suffered non-life threatening injuries after being shot in the head during an incident in a mall parking lot. The week prior, on New Year’s Eve, a 16-year-old boy was shot in the leg following an altercation.

A curfew was recently instituted in the area surrounding Independence Center, and mall owners told 41 Action News the curfew will be in place seven days per week.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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