A family of six was arrested at a Florida mall last week following a melee that cops said was prompted by sagging pants, the Palm Beach Post reported Monday.
It took about 20 deputies, a canine unit and a police helicopter to apprehend the Leger family, who got involved in the fracas on Dec. 27 after Frantz Leger, 20, was arrested for trespassing at The Mall at Wellington Green, the Post reported. Leger had reportedly been banned from the mall over the summer after wearing baggy pants.
The family came to the parking lot of the mall’s food court as Florida State University business sophomore Frantz Leger was being arrested and attempted to stop it. Family members allegedly began pushing, scratching, kicking, screaming and cursing at cops, according to law enforcement records obtained by the Post.
Marthe Leger, Frantz's 50-year-old mother, allegedly pushed two deputies to keep them from arresting and Tasing her nephew, who had allegedly assaulted a deputy during the brawl, according to the arrest report obtained by the paper. She was also accused of kicking and attempting to pull away from a deputy during her arrest.
Frantz’s father Joseph, 52, threatened to kill deputies and later began to scratch and kick during his arrest, according to the Post. Frantz’s sister Samantha, 18, reportedly screamed and cursed at a surrounding crowd and attempted to push past an officer. There was no information available on a 16-year-old juvenile or Frantz Leger’s cousin Alain Odige, 19, who was charged with trespassing, the Post reported.
The Leger family contends that deputies were out of line, the Post reported.
Marthe Leger, who had a bruise on her cheek, told the Post she was punched multiple times in the face by a deputy as she tried to photograph the melee with her cell phone. Joseph Leger told the paper that he was punched in the back of the head.