Upwards of 600 people, mostly teens, were involved in a Christmas Day brawl that took place outside of a Florida movie theater. The brawl broke out around 8:30 p.m. at the Hollywood River City 14 movie theater in Jacksonville, reports ABC News via Yahoo! on Dec. 26.
Over sixty police officers responded in an attempt to quell the unruly crowd. The riotous behavior was initiated when a group of approximately 30 African American males attempted to rush into the theater without paying.
A spokeswoman for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Lauri-Ellen Smith, called the incident a “melee,” and stated that a lone off-duty female officer, working as a security guard at the theater, bore the brunt of the initial surge of raging teens.
“The officer administered pepper spray to disperse the group, locked the doors and called for backup, following protocol,” Smith told reporters. “After the officer administered the pepper spray, upwards of 600 people moving throughout a parking lot about the size of a football field began fighting, disrupting and jumping on cars.”
Five were arrested, including Tevyn Alonza Davis, 19, Jaquade Marquis Miller, 18, and Khalil Ahmad Bradley, 17, pictured in the photo above. The trio was charged with resisting arrest, refusal to disperse, fighting and breach of the peace.
Investigators said the teens took a fighting stance and attacked police, screaming obscenities.
The frenzied scene took about an hour to get under control. Multiple vehicles were damaged, and there was some property damage as well at the theater. No one was seriously hurt in the Christmas Day chaos.