Two arrested after fight breaks out in line for new iPhone outside Pasadena Apple Store

PASADENA – Police arrested two men who became involved in a fistfight while waiting in line for the release of the new iPhone outside a Pasadena Apple Store, officials said.
George Westbrook, 23, of Compton and Lamar Mitchell, 43, of Pasadena were accused of fighting in public, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
The fisticuffs broke out about 7:30 a.m. in front of the store at 54 W. Colorado Blvd., he said.
Police officers were present when the two men began throwing blows, and both were arrested, he said.
They were taken to the Pasadena Police Department for booking and were expected to be released with misdemeanor citations, the lieutenant said.
No significant injuries were reported.
In another incident outside the Pasadena Apple Store early Friday, police had to escort a man out of the area for his own safety after his plan to purchase iPhones en masse fell apart, officials said.
In line were dozens of people “who appeared to be homeless,” Clawson said.
A man was bragging to others that he had hired the homeless people to stand in line so that he could purchase numerous iPhones, the lieutenant said.
But when the store became wise to the scheme, they stopped selling phones to the hired customers, he said.
The freelance phone-buyers became angry and started to “mob up” on the man when he told them he would not pay them since he did not receive his phones, Clawson said. Officers escorted the man from the area for his safety.

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