1 teenager stabbed in fight at Fashion Fair mall in Fresno, police say
Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include statements from Mayor Jerry Dyer and Fresno City Councilman Tyler Maxwell in response to the knife attack.
FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — A teenager was stabbed after a fight broke out at the Fashion Fair Mall on Saturday night, according to the Fresno Police Department.
At around 6.20pm, officers were called to the mall near Shaw Avenue and First Street after it was reported that someone may have been stabbed.
When officers arrived, they found a teenager suffering from what appeared to be non-life-threatening stab wounds.
The boy was taken to a local hospital to have his injuries treated.
As officers investigated, they reportedly learned that a fight broke out between 12 and 15 people inside the mall near a JCPenney store. Officials say they believe the victim was stabbed at some point during the fight.
Shortly after, officers said they received a call about another teenager being dropped off at the hospital with what appeared to be non-life-threatening stab wounds. Officials say they don’t know if the second teenager was stabbed during the fight at the mall.
Officers say they arrested a man for stabbing him, but are investigating to see if he was the attacker or defending himself.
In a statement, Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer responded to the stabbings, writing in part:
I am extremely disturbed by the increase in violence at the Fashion Fair Mall with this latest stabbing. People should be able to enjoy their shopping experience and not have to worry about such kind of incidents.
Mayor Jerry Dyer
The mayor went on to say that he spoke with Fresno Police Chief Paco Balderrama, who is “taking steps to increase police presence inside and outside the mall.”
Mayor Dyer says he will meet with Chief Balderrama and Fresno City Councilman Tyler Maxwell this week to review security and develop a security plan for the mall.
In his own statement, Councilman Maxwell, who represents the district in which the Fashion Fair mall is located, said he would continue to advocate for the police department to return bicycle patrol units to the mall.
“Serious policy and security changes must be adhered to immediately,” Maxwell wrote. “The safety of our communities remains my top priority and we will continue to work to make families feel safe in the region.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Fresno Police Department at (559) 621-7000.