Several Floridians were arrested and are facing charges after starting a fight in a Fort Meyers IHOP.
The incident -which was caught on video by local resident Rick Martinez- shows several women defying the manager’s request to remove alcohol from the premises before the situation escalated into violence.
“They brought alcohol into IHOP,” Martinez said. “They Weren’t listening to the manager who was saying, ‘hey, remove the alcohol.'”
The video then shows the women getting into a fight, as well as attacking a deputy who tried to break up the altercation.
During the dispute, several deputies rushed in and attempted to assist. However, the fight didn’t end until one Lee County Deputy stormed through the door with what appears to be a less-lethal device, ordering everyone to the ground.
While one woman complained that the deputy was overbearing in his authoritative order, Martinez was in full support of the lawman.
“For him to just take control of the situation the way he did, that was pretty top notch,” he said.
According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, “Our units were called and responded to a very unstable situation that was turning more and more violent. Soon after our arrival, we took and maintained control of the situation.”
Fox4Now reports that since the video was released, it has gotten over 50,000 views and 500 shares.
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