Police arrest partygoers accused of attacking Chuck E. Cheese employees

RAW: Surveillance video of Chuck E. Cheese brawl (Part 2)
Albert W. Brown (Source: Parma Police)
Albert W. Brown (Source: Parma Police)
Chakara L. Watts (Source: Parma Police)
Chakara L. Watts (Source: Parma Police)
Jermele L. Barkley (Source: Parma Police)
Jermele L. Barkley (Source: Parma Police)
The suspects appeared in court on Tuesday. (Source: WOIO)
The suspects appeared in court on Tuesday. (Source: WOIO)

PARMA, OH (WOIO) - Parma Police have arrested three people in connection with the March 9 attack of several employees at


Jermele L. Barkley, 35, and Albert W. Brown, 41, both of Lorain, appeared in court Tuesday afternoon after turning themselves in. Both have been charged with felonious assault and aggravated rioting. The judge bound both their cases over and set bond at $25,000 each.

Chakara L. Watts, 22, of Cleveland, was arrested last week in connection with this incident. Her case has been bound over to the

for possible charges. Police kept her arrest quiet so they could track down additional suspects.

"We did have substantial amount of video evidence to go over. There were a lot of people to be interviewed and some of those people were not cooperative so our detectives had to go the extra mile," said Lt. Kevin Riley with the Parma Police Department.

In addition to these three arrests, police also obtained an arrest warrant for a 22-year-old man who lives out of state. He fled to California after the incident, but is expected to surrender next week.

Mayor Tim DeGeeter attended a press conference Tuesday to praise the solid work of the Parma Police Department in the Chuck E. Cheese case.

"I applaud the excellent police work that went into these arrests by the Parma Police Department. Our detectives achieved a quick and thorough resolution to this incident and that helps to reiterate to our residents that we have a very good police department here in Parma. Early after this incident, I personally reached out to all the victims, employees of Chuck E Cheese, some of whom are Parma residents. I offered not only my personal support to each of them, but also my confidence that the case would be resolved, as I have full faith and confidence in our department. I am pleased arrests have been made and that the criminal justice process is underway."

On Sunday, March 8, the Parma Police Department received numerous 911 calls about a disturbance inside the Ridgewood Road restaurant. When officers arrived, they discovered that several employees had been attacked by a group of men attending a 2-year-old's birthday party. It all started after a woman complained about a photo booth not working. Six workers were attacked as the assault flowed into the kitchen. All of the offenders in this incident fled the restaurant before police arrived. Investigators say at least a dozen customers at the party cheered on the attackers. 

After the incident, Chuck E. Cheese released the following statement:

"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."

Parma Police, meantime, also plan to seek charges against a male teen in connection with this case. 

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