Keenen Poret (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
Twelve shoe enthusiasts were eventually able to get their hands on what some are calling the most anticipated shoe of the year, but problems during a second attempt for the sale resulted in one arrest.
A large crowd of people gathered outside the Mall of Louisiana for the release of the new Nike "Galaxy" Foamposite One at Foot Locker. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office reported the store had hired four extra deputies to work the sale, but they were scheduled to get there at 6 a.m. and the sale was supposed to start at 7 a.m.
However, customers hoping to snag a pair of the new shoe started lining up around 3 a.m. Available units from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and Baton Rouge Police Department were called out to the Mall of Louisiana after a crowd of about 600 started pushing on the doors and getting rowdy around 5 a.m.
Dozens of units responded to the call for assistance and sent everyone home around 5:30 a.m., ending the sale at that time.
Authorities said customers were allowed back on the property around 7 a.m. for the sale. Those looking to buy a pair of shoes were given specific instructions to follow, which most did. However, deputies reported one man caused a problem.
The EBRSO said Keenen Poret, 21, of New Orleans, was removed and eventually arrested after cutting the line and aggravating the rest of the people waiting to get into the mall.
He was charged with inciting a riot and disturbing the peace.
Randy Jones was one of at least two hundred people who returned to the mall.
"I was up at 4 a.m., but got here at 7 a.m. because I heard they shut everything down. So I finally came back at 7 a.m. and still got turned around," Jones said.
Brandon Longs, a self-proclaimed "shoe collector" says there is just something special about the fit of the foams.
"I really can't explain it. It's like a material that forms to your feet when you were it, especially made for you," Longs said.
The colorful kicks also have people seeing green.
"If you can buy them for $220 plus tax and sell them for $800 or $1,000, you are looking at a pretty big profit," Long said.
Hours later the shoes were listed for up to $10,000 on eBay.
"It kind makes me mad because Nike knows people want some and put them out in limited amount and build up the hype and people acting crazy and people get hurt," Longs said.
Jones said there is only one solution.
"Make more pairs so everyone can be satisfied," Jones suggested.
He left empty-handed and disappointed.
"I think that's it. One hit, one wonder," Jones said.
Nike only made 1,200 pairs of the shoes. A manager at the Foot Locker at the Mall of Louisiana told 9News only 12 pairs were shipped to the store.
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