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Fight erupts in iPhone line at Calif. Apple store

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An aerial view of the Apple store on 5th Ave. in Manhattan on the day the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C go on sale. An aerial view of the Apple store on 5th Ave. in Manhattan on the day the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C go on sale.
The iPhone 5S, left, and iPhone 5c are displayed. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) The iPhone 5S, left, and iPhone 5c are displayed. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Police detained three people after a fight erupted outside a Pasadena, Calif., Apple Store where a crowd waited overnight for release of the new iPhone.

Police Lt. Jason Clawson says two men were arrested about 7:30 a.m. Friday after getting into a fistfight while in line along Colorado Boulevard. They face misdemeanor citations. It was unclear what the fight was about.

Clawson says a third man was placed on a 72-hour mental health hold after running into the street in an enraged state. Clawson says it appears the man may have been among several homeless men who were hired to buy iPhones for other customers.

Clawson says when the store ran out of the new smartphones, the homeless men didn't get paid and became upset.

No significant injuries were reported.

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