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Posted on: July 13, 2021

Statement from Millburn Police Department Regarding Incident at Victoria's Secret Store

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STATEMENT FROM MILLBURN POLICE DEPARTMENT REGARDING INCIDENT AT VICTORIA’S SECRET STORE

MILLBURN, NJ -- On Saturday July 10 at about 12:45 pm, two Millburn police officers responded to a call from a woman who was involved in a confrontational dispute with another woman while both were shopping at the Victoria’s Secret store in the Short Hills Mall. The two women apparently did not know each other prior to the incident.

The Millburn Police Department has opened an investigation in this matter and is waiting to receive video footage from the store which is expected very soon. 

Upon arriving, the officers first spoke with the woman who had called the police, which is standard procedure in cases like this.  She was very emotionally distraught and told the officers that she was having a “panic attack” because the other woman was videoing the dispute with her cellphone. She told the officers that she was concerned that she would lose her job if the video was released to the public. 

The officers then spoke to the other woman involved who said that she was videoing the matter to protect herself from false accusations. She told the officers that the first woman had “lunged at her” and attempted to strike her unsuccessfully. She did not allege that she was actually struck at any time.

Several other individuals present, including store employees, said that they did not see anyone being physically struck at any time.

The second woman who was videoing much of the incident asked the officers to remove the first woman from the mall because she felt threatened. The officers explained that they did not have the authority to do that because they had no indication that an arrestable offense or crime had been committed. 

The officers offered to escort the second woman to her car which she said wasn’t necessary. They advised her that she could file a complaint at the Millburn court and police department if she so desired.  On Monday, July 12, the second woman came to the police department and stated that she would be filing a complaint against the officers because she was dissatisfied with how they handled the situation. Although no written complaint has been filed at this time, the Millburn Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division is now investigating the matter to evaluate how the officers conducted themselves.  No disciplinary action has been taken against the officers at this time.

At this time, our department is not aware of any actual complaints that have been filed against either party in this matter. 

Pending further review, the Millburn Police Department believes our officers acted professionally and capably in defusing the situation and restoring calm and order in accordance with their training and our standard procedures.

As stated earlier, the investigation into the incident will continue and appropriate action, if any, will be taken at the conclusion.

For more information, please contact Chris Marx at chris@vmmi.net

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