Greendale — Two women were taken into custody after a verbal confrontation in a children's clothing store led to an all-out brawl at Southridge Mall.
The incident occurred July 2, but information from Greendale police was only released this week in response to an open records request filed earlier in July.
According to that Greendale police report:
The victim was standing at the checkout counter at The Children's Place with her young child and her sister at about 6:45 p.m. when the suspect, who was also accompanied by her children and several family members, entered the store and confronted the victim, stating they should fight each other.
The victim told the woman she didn't want to fight in front of their children or in a children's clothing store. But the suspect refused to back down, yelling "let's go, let's go, let's fight," even after family members told her to be quiet and leave the store, according to several witnesses and employees.
After the victim repeatedly told the suspect she would not fight her, the suspect lunged at her, punching her in the face several times. The two women then started brawling, pushing, hitting and grabbing each other, knocking over sales displays and merchandise in the process.
Several witnesses told police they grabbed the women's young children to get them out of the harm's way when the fighting broke out, and another patron told police she pulled her own children away from the area because she feared for their safety as well.
The two women were eventually separated by the store manager and mall security and were held at the back of the store until police arrived.
Both the victim and the suspect told police their confrontation stemmed from a prior incident when one of the women was "jumped" by the other woman and several of her friends while they were at a club in Milwaukee earlier this year. The victim and suspect also stated they both have children from the same father, which has also led to other physical confrontations in the past.
The victim received cuts around her eye but refused transport to the hospital.
After police interviewed witnesses and viewed surveillance video of the incident, they arrested the suspect for disorderly conduct and battery.
The victim was also taken into custody after police discovered she had a warrant through the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office for operating a vehicle after license revocation.