Man or mouse? Brawlers likely found out pretty quickly on Wednesday when a massive brawl broke out at a California hotel near Disneyland.
According to authorities, up to 100 people let their fists fly, resulting in at least two people hospitalized and two taken into police custody.
Police responded just after 12:30 p.m. local time at the Cambria Hotel & Suites in Anaheim, where they immediately saw around 40 people fighting outside and 50 to 60 others fighting inside. Authorities called the scene a “pandemonium”.
“They were men and women, adults and young people,” said Anaheim police sergeant. Shane Carringer told the Orange County Register. “Looks like people had brooms and whatever things they could find in the hotel.”
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Dozens of officers from several departments were called to the scene due to the scale of the scuffle and the hotel was taken into custody while they determined if anyone needed further medical assistance, according to reports. The confinement was lifted around 3 p.m.
At least two victims were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, while a man and a boy were arrested for fighting in public and shackling a peace officer, reported the newspaper. Carringer believed that the fray was not limited to a group of people and that everyone involved was either customers or guests of the hotel.
The police weren’t immediately sure what triggered the melee except that it started in the pool.
âIt looks like it’s just snowballed and developed and grown,â Carringer said, according to the Register.
Raymond Brown, 11, told Los Angeles-based KTLA-TV that the free admission started when he playfully pushed his cousin into the hotel pool and the boy landed on top of other children. This sparked brawl threats from the others which quickly attracted the adults.
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âThen they all went to the basketball court, and then we walked into the hotel and they just started throwing bottles and stuff at us, and then we started fighting,â he said.
Detectives plan to examine surveillance footage to get a clearer picture of what exactly happened, according to the newspaper.
Carringer added that the hotel was “unfortunately” not enforcing social distancing guidelines requested by the county.
âWe’re going to start working with all of our city and county resources to make sure we can get hotel compliance,â he told the station.
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The Cambria Hotel & Suites is located close to Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. Both theme parks remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The hotel resumed full activities on Wednesday evening.