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Man who caused chaotic lockdown at Dolphin Mall arrested

Man arrested by police after fight causes Dolphin Mall evacuation

Cell phone footage captured by Twitter user @abigail39635996 shows Sweetwater Police arresting a suspect after a physical altercation caused Dolphin Mall evacuation on Saturday, April 7, 2018.
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Cell phone footage captured by Twitter user @abigail39635996 shows Sweetwater Police arresting a suspect after a physical altercation caused Dolphin Mall evacuation on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

The man who police say is responsible for a chaotic Saturday night at Dolphin Mall has been arrested, jail records show.

David Smith, 31, was arrested and booked into jail early Sunday on charges of aggravated battery. Police say Smith got into a fight, which somehow birthed rumors of a shooting and caused the mall to evacuate and go on lockdown.

Ultimately, no shots were fired and it was a false alarm, according to Sweetwater police.

The scare — which created mayhem on the ground and on social media — happened just after 9 p.m. Saturday. The outlet mall, located on Northwest 114th Avenue and 12th Street, reopened as scheduled at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Smith was released from Miami-Dade County Jail at around 10 a.m., jail records show. On Sunday night, police would not say what caused the physical altercation.

Twitter user @King28st posted cell phone footage showing heavy police presence outside of Dolphin Mall after reports of a possible shooter spread on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

But it’s not the first time Dolphin Mall was hit with rumors of gunfire. In August, the shopping complex and the surrounding neighborhood turned into a chaotic mess when word began to spread that there was an active shooter on the premises.

In the end, it was determined that it was a rumor, possibly sparked by a loud noise that someone mistook for gunfire.

Monique O. Madan: 305-376-2108, @MoniqueOMadan

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