Wichita teen arrested for trespassing because of sagging pants at Warren Theatre

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A 14-year-old boy says he was arrested at the Warren Theatre in east Wichita because his pants were sagging.

Alonzo Taylor Jr says he went to the East Warren 20 with a group of friends when the manager approached him about his pants.

"A couple of seconds after leaving the concessions counter, the manager walked up and said to pull up your pants or you'll be escorted," Taylor said.

He says he couldn't find a belt to wear and his pants began sagging while he was carrying a drink and popcorn. 

"I was by the counter and he said that, 'You're going to have to leave. I don't care what you did. You're trespassing.'" 

Taylor says he followed all of the manager's commands but was still arrested. He believes the manager targeted him because he is black. 

Taylor's mother, Ruth Dennis, says her son is a good kid who never gets into trouble. She's not mad at police for handcuffing her son. She's mad at the theater.

"I just don't want my son's record to be messed up over sagging and to be labeled as a trespasser," she said.

Taylor is still shocked by what happened and now doesn't feel welcome at the East Warren 20.

If he's (manager) there, I honestly don't want to go back," Taylor said. "I'd rather go to a movie further than that."

The family says police are reviewing surveillance footage of the incident. It's unclear whether Taylor will be charged for trespassing. 

Calls to the East Warren 20 seeking comment went unanswered. 

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