Human or mouse? The scandals probably became known quite quickly on Wednesday, when a large-scale fight broke out in a California hotel near Disneyland.
About 100 people let their fists fly, as a result of which at least two were hospitalized and two were taken into custody, according to authorities.
Police responded shortly after 12:30 p.m. Local time at the Cambria Hotel & Suites in Anaheim, where they immediately saw about 40 people fighting outside and another 50-60 fighting inside. Authorities describe the scene as a “pandemonium.”
“These were men and women, adults and minors,” Anagate Police Sgt. Shane Caringer told the Orange County Register. “It sounds like people had brooms and whatever items they could find in the hotel.”
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Dozens of officers from multiple departments were called to the scene due to the size of the quarrel and the hotel was locked while they determined if anyone needed additional medical care, reports said. The lock was cleared around 3 p.m.
At least two victims were taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries, while a man and a boy were arrested for fighting in a public place and obstructing a peace officer, the newspaper reported. Caringer believed that the melee was not limited to a group of people and that all those involved were either patrons or guests of the hotel.
Police did not immediately understand what ignited the melee, except that it started in the pool area.
“It looks like it just snowed and developed and grew,” Caringer said, according to the Registry.
Raymond Brown, 11, told KTLA-TV in Los Angeles that the free one for everyone started when he playfully pushed his cousin into the hotel pool and the boy landed on some other children. This provoked threats of a battle from others, which quickly attracted adults.
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“Then everyone went to the basketball court, then we went up to the hotel and they just started throwing bottles and other things at us, and then we started fighting,” he said.
Detectives plan to review surveillance videos to get a clearer idea of what exactly happened to the document.
Caringer added that the hotel “unfortunately” does not apply the social distance guidelines requested by the county.
“We will start working with all of our city and county resources to make sure we can get compliance from the hotel,” he told the station.
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Cambria Hotel & Suites is close to Disneyland and the Disney California Adventure. Both theme parks remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The hotel resumed full operation by Wednesday night.