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The crowds were so big – and so determined – at many Houston malls that HPD officers had to be called in keep things under control.

At Northline Commons on the North Freeway, shoppers said they’d been waiting since 8 a.m. on Wednesday to score a pair of the sought-after shoes.

At Deerbrook Mall, where JuMarcus Bingham started his quest, police said anywhere from 500 to 1,000 people were rushing to buy the Jordans.

That mad rush left a door damaged – and left Bingham working on a “Plan B.”

“This is the first time they’re coming back out in 10 years,” said Bingham.

Even when security at Deerbrook shooed out hundreds shoe-seeking shoppers, Bingham managed to stay inside.

“I was in a trash can hiding in the mall for about an hour, trying to be first in line for the shoes,” Bingham said.

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