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'Hitting a woman is not right': Disney visitor tries to break up family brawl

Hannah Fry, Los Angeles Times on

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LOS ANGELES -- Jason Blair was visiting Disneyland with his wife and two daughters Saturday when he came upon a large crowd of people in Mickey's Toontown.

At first, Blair didn't think anything was amiss. After all, the themed area, which features the homes of Mickey and Minnie Mouse in a cartoon-styled setting, is considered by Disney visitors to be one of the friendliest areas for young children in the theme park.

"People had their cellphones out, so I thought it was a character walking around," said Blair, a high school football coach and athletic coordinator from El Paso.

Then he heard two women screaming at each other and saw a man wearing a red shirt punching one of the women in the face.

Blair had unwittingly waded into a family altercation that turned into a brawl lasting nearly five minutes, all of which was caught on video.

The Texas resident said he decided to jump into the fray when he saw the man strike one of the women.

 

"I told him, 'Get your stuff and get out of here,'" Blair said. "He was ranting and raving, just going off. But hitting a woman is not right, no matter what happened."

Police responded to the park after the fight. The family involved in the melee was "uncooperative" with authorities and there was no video available at the time, so police did not make any arrests, said Anaheim police Sgt. Daron Wyatt.

Authorities launched an investigation after video of the scuffle surfaced on social media Sunday. The Anaheim city attorney will ultimately decide whether anyone in the group will face criminal charges, Wyatt said. The city attorney prosecutes misdemeanor and infraction crimes that occur in Anaheim.

The video quickly went viral, racking up more than 2 million views on YouTube in less than three days.

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