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A mass riot of 300-400 breaks out outside the Florida skating rink

A mass riot of 300-400 breaks out outside the Florida skating rink

Florida law enforcement officials have taken action after a chaotic incident outside a Brandon skating rink on Saturday night. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office responded to a call from an off-duty deputy at Astro Skate around 9:20 p.m., requesting assistance with a large crowd involved in a fight in the parking lot.

Investigations revealed that the altercation stemmed from the cancellation of a planned party at the venue due to the party hosts' failure to hire an off-duty deputy as ordered by Astro Skate. The event was later suspended and the organizers were reimbursed.

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After learning of the cancellation, the group took to social media to rally friends and acquaintances to gather at the venue and protest the establishment and law enforcement officials.

Deputies encountered a sizable crowd of 300 to 400 people in the parking lot of the skating rink and nearby businesses. As the crowd was instructed to leave, it became apparent that their intrusion was not attended to, leading to further altercations and property damage.

During the unrest, a group reportedly attacked a young man inside a nearby barbershop, causing him serious physical harm before the victim was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Another group vandalized a convenience store, causing property damage and stealing items.

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In response, the sheriff's office arrested 23 juveniles, who were later taken to the juvenile assessment center, and six adults, who were booked into the Orient Road Jail.

Image credit: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Among those arrested were Lekera Evans, 32, Yazelynn Ramos, 21, Malik Carter, 20, Jadyn Sebro, 18, Aliyah Alfonso, 18, and Fareed Carter, 18. All six people face charges related to the break-in, Ramos and Sebro also face disorderly conduct charges, while Evans was charged with resisting an officer's orders without violence, according to court documents.

Expressing his strong disapproval of the violent and disruptive events, Sheriff Chad Chronister emphasized the county's zero-tolerance policy for such behavior. He condemned the actions that caused damage, fear and chaos in the community. Sheriff Chronister also commended the deputies for their professional and swift handling of the situation, stressing the need to consider the potential danger in these incidents.

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