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Earlier this month a video went viral of a brawl inside Disneyland. A group of several adults all attacked each other while other guests looked on in the normally kid friendly area of the park called Mickey's ToonTown. The fight was eventually broken up by a combination of other Disneyland guests and park security. Now, some details about the altercation have finally come to light as it's revealed that charges have been filed against three adults that could result in significant jail terms for some of them.
The Orange County District Attorney has officially announced that charges have been filed against Avery Desmond-Edwinn Robinson, 35, of Las Vegas. He is facing five felony charges and nine misdemeanors for the events seen on the viral video as well as some that took place later. Two of the felony accounts and five misdemeanor are related to the attacks on the others seen in the video, who were his girlfriend, his sister, and his brother-in-law.
In addition, he is being charged with assault with a deadly weapon, following an alleged assault of a Disneyland cast member with his car after being escorted out of the park, as well as two counts of criminal threats, after allegedly threatening to kill members of his family as he left the Disneyland parking structure.
The remaining four misdemeanors relate to child abuse and endangerment for putting three children at risk of harm due to the fight.
If convicted of all charges Robinson could go to prison for seven years and four months.
Andrea Robinson, the sister of Avery Robinson, is facing four misdemeanor battery charges and one misdemeanor assault charge from the fight, and could see two and a half years in jail if convicted.
Daman Petrie, Andrea Robinson's husband, is facing a single count of misdemeanor battery and could see six months in jail.
Clearly, the Orange County District Attorney isn't messing around here. The fact that this incident was so high profile because of the video of the fight, and that it took place in such a public place as Disneyland, makes it difficult for anything else to happen.
When the initial incident took place the video had not yet gone viral, so when the family simply denied that the fight had actually happened, there was little police could do. However, once the video came to light, the case was turned over to the D.A. and now the District Attorney's office has decided to move forward with charges.
One assumes that the formal charges are in addition to being banned from the park. While Disneyland has not commented specifically on what action the park is taking, other than to assure guests that such things are not tolerated, it seems certain that the park will not be welcoming these guests back anytime soon.