A massive Christmas-night brawl involving some 600 people outside a Florida movie theater led to the arrests of five teenagers in Jacksonville.
The 600-person melee began around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, when a group of people tried to get inside the Hollywood River City 14 movie theater in Jacksonville without buying tickets, police told ABC News.
An off-duty police officer working as a security guard pepper sprayed the group, locked the doors of the theater and called for backup, according to Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Lauri-Ellen Smith.
About 60 officers responded to the movie theater to try and control the 600 people who were “yelling and fighting” at the Jacksonville shopping center where the movie theater is housed, according to the Florida Times-Union.
An initial crowd of teens fled the scene, but then “what can only be described as a melee” involving 600 people unfolded,” Smith told the paper. She said some of the participants in the 600-person brawl were “fighting, disrupting, jumping on cars.”
The brawl reportedly lasted for around 90 minutes before officers were able to break it up.
Koby Etheridge, a 16-year-old who was at the theater, was inside when the large fight broke out.
“We were inside our movie and people were outside beating each other,” he told the Times-Union, calling the people involved in the 600-person brawl “stupid and ignorant.”
“They shouldn’t be out on here Christmas,” he said.
Victims of the fight only suffered minor injuries, according to ABC News. Damage to property was also minimal, and no shots were fired during the brawl.
Five teenagers were arrested on charges related to the melee, including three who face felony charges. The other two face misdemeanor charges.
The three teens facing the serious charges were identified as 19-year-old Treyn Alonza Davis, 18-year-old Jaquade Marquis Miller and 17-year-old Khalil Ahmad Bradley.
Howard Koplowitz reports on crime and breaking news events for International Business Times. Howard formerly worked on IBT's continuous news desk, where he covered trending...