PARMA, OH (WOIO) - Still no arrests after a fight involving several people broke out inside a
over the weekend.
Sunday's incident began after an impatient parent began acting out because one of the photo booths was not working. A manager reportedly told the complaining party goer that she would have to wait. It was at this time one of the men from the birthday party followed the manager into the kitchen area, threatened to kill him and then suddenly attacked him. The manager was beaten and struck on the face and head. Other employees intervened to help their manager and were then attacked by a group of other patrons from the birthday party.
Investigators believe that a total of at least five men from the birthday party participated in attacking the employees. It was also reported to police that around a dozen individuals from the birthday party were inciting the other males who were attacking the employees. One of the employees who was attacked and injured included a second manager who was beaten when he tried to help the first manager.
Another employee included a juvenile female who had her cell phone knocked out of her hand and then was struck on the face when she tried to call 911. Another employee was knocked to the ground and struck multiple times on the face and head.
Employee Andre Davis tried to call 911 and got punched.
"I get to 9...1...and I just get slammed. I am in a full fight. This dude came out of nowhere," said Davis.
Portions of the attack on the employees took place in the kitchen and the main area of the restaurant in view of customers and children. 19 Action News investigative reporter Scott Taylor discovered when the attack happened, children started crying and people started running to the doors. A warning was sent out over the sound system to evacuate the restaurant.
A total of six employees were injured, including two who were seriously injured. One was knocked unconscious.
Davis says employees came to the rescue of fellow co-workers.
"She got slammed into the corner and I was just there taking the beating. It was just the first instinct I had," he said.
As part of the investigation Parma Police are looking over videos from cell phones and surveillance cameras.
All of the offenders in this incident fled the restaurant before police arrived. Investigators say at least a dozen customers of the birthday party cheered on the attackers who fled.
Chuck E. Cheese released the following statement regarding the incident:
"On Sunday, March 8, at approximately 7:10 pm, five individuals entered the kitchen of our Parma restaurant and launched an unprovoked attack on our General Manager. During the incident, five additional employees were injured. All were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and released. The individuals involved all fled the scene prior to police arriving.
We are anxious to bring these individuals to justice and are actively working with Parma police to provide information that will lead to their arrest.
We are deeply saddened that individuals would choose to behave in this manner in front of children and families. We take any incident in our stores very seriously and have spent more than $15 million to date on measures to help ensure the safety of our guests. With an environment dedicated to serving young children and families, we will not tolerate violence of any kind in our stores.
As a company, the safety of our guests and employees is always a top priority and we will continue to endeavor to the protect the experience families have in our locations so parents are able to trust that their time in Chuck E. Cheese's will be clean, safe, wholesome family fun."