Wauwatosa mayor hopes for more arrests from Mayfair incident

Published on: 1/12/2011

Wauwatosa Mayor Jill Didier said Wednesday she hoped more arrests will be made in connection with the Jan. 2 incident at Mayfair Mall in which an undetermined number of juveniles rampaged through the mall.

Didier said in an interview that the police investigation was continuing into the incident. A total of nine juveniles were apprehended in the fracas, which broke out first inside the mall and later outside.

"I am certainly hoping for more arrests," Didier said. "The investigation is not over."

Didier said police still were unsure exactly how many juveniles were involved. She added that investigators still could not prove that instigators organized the incident on social-media sites such as Facebook or Twitter.

Mall officials have said they believe the fracas was organized.

"We can't definitively say how many people were involved," Didier said. "I don't know that we will ever have a number."

On Tuesday, Didier and Police Chief Barry Weber went to Chicago to meet with representatives of General Growth Properties, the company that owns and operates the popular mall.

Didier said the meeting was productive. General Growth has a social-media team, she said, that monitors online traffic and discussions that would be of interest to security at Mayfair Mall and the company's other malls around the country.

Didier said General Growth was looking at enhancing some security measures at the mall, though she declined to say what they would be.

"I'm confident they are heading in the right direction," Didier said.

Both Mayfair and Bayshore Town Center in Glendale have imposed tougher teen curfews in response to the Jan. 2 incident at Mayfair. Both centers now will restrict access to the center by teens under 18 on Sunday afternoons, in addition to Friday and Saturday curfews that are already in place at both centers.

Police are still investigating reports of gunfire at the mall on Jan. 2 as well as an attempted armed robbery.

The Wauwatosa Crime Stoppers in conjunction with Mayfair Mall is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect in connection with the armed robbery and the gunshot.