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Teens in court over brawl in Raleigh shopping center

Six teens made their first court appearances Monday to face charges of participating in a mass brawl Saturday night at Triangle Town Center.

A 15-year-old was stabbed, and law officers temporarily closed the mall to restore order.

Raleigh police have described the brawl as a gang-related incident and say some of those involved have known gang associations.

Raleigh Police Spokeswoman Jim Sughrue declined to say whether those arrested were gang members.

Police said the melee involved hundreds of young people. Seven were arrested.

The six teens, all wearing orange and white-striped jail jumpsuits, appeared before Wake County District Court Judge Jennifer Knox on Monday afternoon.

The judge placed each under house arrest, imposed curfews, and ordered them to have no contact with the victim and to not return to Triangle Town Center.

Christopher James Gamble, 17, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury after police accused him of stabbing a 15-year-old in the buttocks with a knife. He was also charged with inciting a riot and jailed under a $35,000 bond.

The victim was taken to WakeMed Raleigh Campus, and his wounds are not life-threatening, police said.

Ricky Ladd Williams, 16, was charged by police with inciting a riot, engaging in an affray and jailed under a $10,000 bail.

Williams was placed on probation last month after he was convicted of conspiracy to commit common law robbery. Knox placed him under electronic house arrest and imposed a 24-hour curfew.

Four off-duty Raleigh officers were working security at the mall Saturday when the fight started around 8 p.m. in the upper-level, above the food court.

As many as 200 to 300 people were associated with the fracas, police said.

Police described a chaotic scene as more officers rushed to the mall to assist with evacuation of shoppers frightened by the uproar.

The fight spilled outside as police worked to disperse the crowd.

A Raleigh police officer received a significant laceration on his knee and had to be taken to Duke Health Raleigh Hospital. Sughrue said the officer's injury occurred while he was chasing a suspect, not as the result of an assault. He is expected to recover.

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