Group of San­tas deny un­ruly be­hav­ior at mall

Dayton Daily News - - LOCAL - By Kristin McAl­lis­ter Staff Writer

MI­AMI TWP., Mont­gomery County — A group of adults dressed as Santa Claus on Satur­day evening at the Day­ton Mall in­sist they were not caus­ing a dis­tur­bance.

But law en­force­ment and mall of­fi­cials say com­plaints from re­tail ten­ants and shop­pers war­ranted po­lice in­ter­ven­tion.

Po­lice ar­rested Jac­que­line S. Sallee, 41, of Day­ton, and Su­san Rudolph, 46, of Washington Twp., af­ter re­spond­ing to a call about a dis­tur­bance by a large group dressed as Santa.

Po­lice said some in the group were in­tox­i­cated and some handed out or showed shop­pers adult-ori­ented ma­te­ri­als.

“Mall se­cu­rity called us to help them deal with an un­ruly group,” said Mi­ami Twp. Deputy Po­lice Chief Maj. John DiPi­etro.

Michael De­nius and Lynn McAleer, par­tic­i­pants Satur­day in an an­nual event known as Santarchy Day­ton, said they were well-re­ceived at the mall. McAleer said the group, which ar­rived at the mall by bus, handed out candy only. Songs with of­f­color lyrics were sung on the bus, but not in pub­lic, as has been sug­gested, she said.

“We gave candy canes and choco­late bars, all wrapped, to kids, and candy coal to the adults,” she said. The Santa-dressed group, which ranged in age from late 20s to late 60s, vis­ited sports bars prior to ar­riv­ing at the mall, but “ev­ery­one paced them­selves, be­cause we knew it was go­ing to be a long night,” McAleer said.

De­nius said the “rough” ar­rest of two of the women in his group was “over the top.”

Mall Gen­eral Man­ager Dave Dueb­ber said the group did not have per­mis­sion to be in the mall.

“We were get­ting all kinds of com­plaints from cus­tomers and ten­ants say­ing that some of the group were act­ing of­fen­sive,” Dueb­ber said.

Po­lice charged both women with crim­i­nal tres­pass­ing, re­sist­ing ar­rest and dis­or­derly con­duct.

Sallee, who al­legedly struck an of­fi­cer, was charged also with as­sault.

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