UPDATE: Unruly Kids Disrupt Burien Library Lobby Thursday Afternoon
A Burien Police sergeant responded to a call at the Burien Library late Thursday afternoon after a confrontation involving a large group of young males threatened to escalate in the lobby.
According to Sgt. Henry McLauchlan, the group of young males entered the lobby looking for another kid they knew.
After finding him there, words were exchanged, the one youth was harassed and then, apparently fearing that he would be attacked by the others, allegedly threw a punch at a young male in front of him.
The sergeant who responded to the call observed a young male running from the scene and onlookers pointed him out as being involved in the confrontation. When ordered by the sergeant to stop, the kid then ran and additional police assistance was summoned.
The situation was quickly defused and the running youth was quickly detained. No arrests have been made as of yet but the investigation continues.
One librarian estimated the crowd in the lobby before the police arrived at about 60.
McLauchlan said it is unknown if the incident involved gang members or was influenced by gang activity. That also remains under investigation.
He added that Burien police, who reduced disruptive behavior around the building last summer, will again increase their presence there.
PREVIOUSLY: A mob of about 60 young people reportedly got into a fight in the lobby of the Burien Library/City Hall Building at Town Square late Thursday afternoon.
Several Burien Police officers and King County Sheriff’s deputies responded to incident.
There was no immediate report of arrests or injuries.
More to come.