Posted: Feb 24, 2012 10:38 AM by Russell Jones, James West
Updated: Feb 24, 2012 1:25 PM
BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies arrested one person and broke up an unruly crowd waiting for a limited-edition set of shoes at the Mall of Louisiana this morning.
Casey Hicks with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office said deputies arrested Keenen Andre Poret, 21, of New Orleans for inciting a riot. She said deputies saw him cutting in line and "causing extreme aggravation" to the crowd.
The crowd came out to get their hands on the Nike "Galaxy" Foamposite One. Nike reportedly made a limited number of shoes, putting them in high demand for collectors. Only 12 pairs were available at the Baton Rouge store.
Hicks said the store asked for four extra deputies to handle security when the shoes went on sale at 7 a.m., but wound up needing many more. By 5 a.m., she said the crowd had swelled to 600 people and were pushing on the mall's doors.
Extra sheriff's deputies and Baton Rouge Police officers were called in to handle the crowd, and Hicks said the sale was allowed to continue as scheduled.
Some people at the mall told News 2 they drove all the way in from Memphis for a chance to buy a pair of the shoes, which retailed for $220 but were listed at more than $2,000 on some websites and eBay.
News 2 will have more details coming up at noon.