Two people were hospitalized with cuts and two others were arrested after a massive brawl at a hotel near Disneyland on Wednesday that involved up to 100 teens and adults.
Brooms, chair legs and bottles were used as makeshift weapons in the brawl at Cambria Hotel & Suites in Anaheim, which was reportedly started by children jostling each other in the pool.
An 11-year-old boy says he inadvertently started the fray by throwing his cousin into a swimming pool, where the boy landed on a group of girls.
The argument escalated until dozens of adults and teenagers were involved.
Police were called to the hotel shortly after 12:30 p.m. for a lobby brawl, Sgt. Shane Carringer told the Orange County Register.
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A massive brawl broke out at the Cambria Hotel in Anaheim on Wednesday afternoon that involved 60 to 100 guests
Dozens of police intervened on the scene to separate the fighters
Response officers found two large groups of people fighting in the hotel parking lot and in the lobby after an earlier incident
The brawl was allegedly started by children jostling each other in the hotel pool
The officers “encountered around 40 people fighting outside” and 50 to 60 other people fighting inside, Carringer said, calling the scene a “pandemonium.”
“It was men and women, adults and young people,” Carringer said.
Raymond Brown, 11 (pictured), said the fight started when he playfully pushed his cousin into the pool and the boy landed on some girls
Dozens of officers, including assistants from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department who were called in to assist, cleaned up the scene.
NBC News reported that two people, a man and a minor, were arrested and charged with brawling in public and obstructing a peace officer.
Two other people, including a minor, were taken to hospital with non-life threatening lacerations, described as possible stab wounds, and police went door to door in the hotel for search for other people who may have been injured, KABC reported.
Raymond Brown, 11, told KTLA station the brawl started when he playfully pushed his young cousin into the hotel pool and the boy landed on some girls, prompting threats of a fight from others who quickly attracted adults.
Police found dozens of people fighting in the parking lot outside the hotel
Deputies from the local sheriff’s department have arrived to help the city cops
Officers went from room to room to check on guests who may have been injured in the melee
Police said some fighters used brooms, chair legs and bottles as makeshift weapons
Two people were hospitalized with non-life threatening stab wounds following the crash
Cambria is billed as a luxury hotel with a 30,000 square foot water park
“They wanted to try to fight us but we really didn’t do anything. It was just an accident, ”said Brown. “And then that’s when they tried to fight us and they all went to the basketball court, then we walked into the hotel and they just started throwing bottles and stuff at us. . “
The hotel, which opened last December, is located close to Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. Both theme parks remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Cambria is billed as a luxury hotel with a 30,000 square foot water park, movie screen and putting green. Only a few hours after the melee, the hotel resumed its activities at full speed.
Police Sergeant Carringer said the hotel had been the site of several 911 calls in recent weeks, including two near drownings.
“The hotel unfortunately does not practice the social distancing guidelines that have been prescribed by the county, so we will begin to work with all resources in our city and county to ensure that we can achieve compliance with the. hotel, ”he said.