Man Beaten Unconscious While Waiting for iPhone Release

Two arrests, thefts, domestic disputes and trespassing issues took place at the Mall at Rockingham Park in the hours before the iPhone 5s and 5c release.

The Mall at Rockingham Park in Salem, which has an Apple store, was packed the last time a new iPhone was released. [CREDIT: The Mall at Rockingham Park]
The Mall at Rockingham Park in Salem, which has an Apple store, was packed the last time a new iPhone was released. [CREDIT: The Mall at Rockingham Park]
Salem police made two arrests and had to intervene in a variety of incidents in the early morning hours before the new Apple iPhones went on sale Friday at the Mall at Rockingham Park.

Deputy Police Chief Shawn Patten said Mark Young, 24, and Jennifer Young, 22, both of Peabody, Mass., were arrested while police attempted to maintain order in a crowd of about 1,000 people huddled outside the mall, which has an Apple store and has been known for issues during major technology releases in the past.

Mark Young was charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct, while Jennifer Young was charged with trespassing and possession of marijuana, according to Patten, who said both individuals were released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail.

Officers also found a man who was beaten unconscious, and Patten said detectives are still investigating that incident. Patten said the man was found "laying in some brush," although he said in a release that none of the roughly 1,000 people in the area "'witnessed' the assault."

The man was transported to an area hospital by members of the Salem Fire Department.

Patten said there were several other minor incidents over the course of Friday morning, including multiple thefts, domestic disputes and trespassing issues. Officers handled those issues "without incident," according to Patten.

There were no issues at the mall in September 2012 for the release of the iPhone 5. The iPad release in March 2012 had issues similar to those during Friday's release, though, as one man was arrested and numerous others were asked to leave when a crowd waiting in line for the new iPad got out of control.

An estimated crowd of 1,000 people awaiting that iPad release became unruly and caused a crushing issue at the mall entrance doors. At that time, local police said they would work with the mall and Apple to make sure nothing like that would happen again in Salem.

Freeland Matthews September 22, 2013 at 10:26 PM
how stupid and greedy people .I hope the 1000 ass see this
Rooftop Voter September 23, 2013 at 07:55 AM
Wait a week, buy on eBay for less money.
Marcus Aurelius September 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM
I am sure Obama can fix this, just make Apple give free phones to the useless welfare rats that already have 3 or 4 Obama phones.
Southpaw September 23, 2013 at 02:00 PM
So, what happened? Did someone feel the need to beat up someone so he/she could take the person's place in line? Really. People are that selfish and sick today. And I agree with a lot of the comments here. People need to get a life for crying out loud. Yes, Rooftop, they could wait and get it on ebay, but you're talking about a bunch of stupid people who don't have the capacity to think...at all.
Liz September 23, 2013 at 06:35 PM
And Black Friday is coming...more people will get trampled by animals rushing into the Walmarts and Best Buys of the country to get that item they'll probably put away somewhere and forget in a few months, or need to replace because it's outdated before the end of the year. Can't wait for that.


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