Family Outing at Amusement Park Results in Criminal Charges

In early July of 2019, a video was posted on Facebook, showing a man and woman exchange words and then proceed to hit each other while visiting Disneyland with their family. As the two continued to shout at and hit each other, other members got involved. At one point, a woman in an electric wheelchair tried to break up the altercation but was inadvertently knocked over.

Other parkgoers and children believed to be part of the family involved in the brawl looked on as the fight continued for nearly three minutes. Eventually, two guests subdued one of the men, and park employees escorted them off the premises, reporting them to the Anaheim Police Department. One of the individuals involved was accused of making threats to his family and trying to hit one of the employees with his vehicle.

Before seeing the video, city attorneys were unsure as to whether or not they were going to file charges against those involved, as the family had denied what happened and were uncooperative. However, as the investigation continued, and the video was posted on social media, three of the individuals were charged with various offenses.

Charges Filed Against Those Involved

One of the men is facing five felony charges for domestic battery, assault, assault with a deadly weapon, and making criminal threats. Because children were present, he has also been accused of misdemeanor child abuse and endangerment offenses. If convicted, the man could spend up to seven years in prison.

The man’s sister, who also appeared in the video, is facing misdemeanor charges for battery and assault. If she is found guilty of the offenses, she might have to serve a jail term of up to two years and six months.

The other man involved in the altercation is facing a misdemeanor charge for battery. A conviction for this offense could carry a jail sentence of up to six months.

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