December 28, 2013 Jacksonville, Florida, (Mail-online/News4Jax) — SIX HUNDRED black youths — A brawl broke out at movie theater on Christmas Day after mob of teens tried to storm cinema without paying.
Five teenagers have been arrested after a 600-person brawl erupted outside a Florida cinema on Christmas night.
The fight allegedly began when a group of young people stormed Jacksonville’s Hollywood River City 14 without paying about 8.30pm, prompting a security guard to pepper spray the youths.
The scene turned to chaos when hundreds of people began fighting, yelling and jumping on cars in the parking lot, with 60 police officers called in to curb the melee.
Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Lauri-Ellen Smith said the security guard, who was an off-duty cop, called for police back-up after being rushed by the group.
‘(The officer) administered pepper spray to disperse the group, locked the doors and called for backup, following protocol,’ she told ABC News.
‘(That’s when) upward of 600 people moving throughout a parking lot about the size of a football field began fighting, disrupting and jumping on cars.’
She said 62 police officers ‘sequestered and separated’ the rioters over about 90 minutes, with only minor injuries and damage reported.
Witness Alecia Williams said she was on her way to the movies with a friend when police turned her around.
‘I saw a whole bunch of people fighting,’ Williams told the Florida Times-Union. ‘I got out of there as fast as I could. I got really scared.’
Five teenagers were arrested and charged with crimes related to fighting.
Tevyn Alonza Davis, 19, was charged with resisting arrest and breach of the peace.
Jaquade Marquis Miller, 18, was charged with fighting and resisting arrest.
Khalil Ahmad Bradley, 17, the only minor charged with a felony, was arrested for resisting arrest, refusal to disperse and breach of the peace.
Two other juveniles, charged with misdemeanor, have not been identified due to their age.
Florida Times-Union reported the youths faced court yesterday.
In lieu of a proposed $2,500 bail and jail time, Miller was offered an eight-week program that teaches accountability.
‘I’m happy and grateful to see that there are people who stand by you whether you are right or wrong,’ Felicia Taylor, Miller’s mother, said.
Meanwhile, the judge ordered that Davis be sent to the military immediately after learning the teenager was scheduled to report to U.S. Army basic training on Sunday.