Winston-Salem police have charged two 18-year-olds in connection with an assault that occurred at Hanes Mall on Saturday, and authorities said six juvenile suspects have also been identified.
Shortly after 6:30 p.m. Saturday, police were called to the mall about a fight in the parking lot. A Greensboro man, accompanied by his girlfriend, had come to the mall to pick up his daughter, investigators said. The adults argued with a group of teenagers, then were assaulted by the teens, police said. The woman’s purse was also stolen, police said.
A video showing the man and woman being thrown to the ground and beaten was widely circulated on social media.
Brandon Denard Crosby, 18, of Burton Street in Winston-Salem and Tynaysha Jada Davis, 18, of Ramsgate Court in Winston-Salem were both charged with assault.
Officers arrested Davis on Monday. She is being held on a $2,500 bond.
Crosby was also arrested Monday after a brief foot pursuit, police said. He was subsequently charged with possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia as well as resisting arrest. He is being held on a $3,000 bond.
Police said other suspects in the case include five females and one male and that those suspects will be charged as juveniles.
Winston-Salem police identified the victims in the assault as Greensboro residents LaTina Nicole Melton, 34, and Vincent Antonio Pearsall, 41.
Melton said Monday that the people who were bothering Pearsall's daughter and who assaulted her and her boyfriend claim to be gang members.
"I am publicly humiliated," Melton said. "I am disgusted. I am angry. I am tired of hearing that our kids can't go anywhere and do anything. I want everyone to try to figure out what it is going to take to get these kids some actual help. If one of them has a beef with somebody, they all have a beef. Being part of a gang, they all stand up and fight together. I don't know why they jump people."
In response to the assault, Hanes Mall has said a policy that requires teenagers under 18 to be accompanied by someone over 21 years old has been extended to cover all hours of mall operation from Fridays through Sundays.
The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office said it would coordinate with police to increase patrols around the mall.
Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough Jr. called the assault "a disgusting, deplorable act of violence."
Violent behavior will not be tolerated, Kimbrough said in a statement.
"We are better than this and we deserve better than this," Kimbrough said. "The shoppers who go to Hanes Mall to celebrate the season of love and joy deserve better. The citizens and residents of Forsyth County who call this place home deserve better."