Two men and a woman face a slew of charges after a family dispute turned violent at Disneyland earlier this month, prosecutors said.
The melee, which took place in the middle of Mickey’s Toontown on July 5, was captured on a video that subsequently went viral. It was also witnessed by other park guests at the Anaheim theme park, including children.
Avery Desmond-Edwinn Robinson, 35, of Las Vegas, has been charged with five felonies and nine misdemeanors. He allegedly attacked his sister, brother-in-law and girlfriend, and endangered his child and three other children, according to a news release from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Robinson is also accused of threatening to kill his sister and brother-in-law while they drove out of a parking structure after being kicked out of the Anaheim theme park, and trying to hit a Disneyland cast member with his car after being escorted out by park security, according to the release.
The felony charges against him include domestic battery, assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of criminal threats, prosecutors said. The misdemeanor charges include multiple counts each of battery, and child abuse and endangerment.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to all charges at his arraignment Tuesday.
His sister, 40-year-old Andrea Nicole Robinson of Compton, was charged with five misdemeanors, including four counts of battery and one count of assault, according to the release.
The woman’s husband, 44-year-old Daman Petrie of Compton, has been charged with one misdemeanor count of battery, prosecutors said.
“We will not tolerate domestic violence, but then hitting your mother or a sister in front of either a niece, nephew or parent is really alarming to me,” Spitzer said.
Man accused of being in #Disneyland brawl appears in OC court. Citing "multi-state criminal history," judge sets bail for Avery Robinson of Las Vegas at $1,000,000. DA says Robinson is one in red shirt. His sister & brother-in-law facing lesser charges. @KTLA pic.twitter.com/3YePxdjxOn
— Chip Yost (@ChipYost) July 23, 2019
Anaheim police were called out to the theme park to help break up the fight, which began between the two siblings before it escalated, authorities said. The siblings were with a group of relatives at the time, including young children.
“The children were crying in their strollers. There’s punches being thrown over and on top of strollers. The little kids are trying to get the attention of their parents. You could see their distraught. That’s why we also filed child endangerment,” DA Todd Spitzer told KTLA.
The nearly 4 1/2-minute video, which was posted to YouTube two days after the incident, showed punches being thrown and people being knocked to the ground throughout the course of the melee.
Family members and bystanders repeatedly tried to break up the fight as parkgoers called for help.
By the time Disneyland security responded, one of the men had already been subdued by a crowd of people who took him down after the footage captured him beating a woman.
They were then removed from the park.
The family denied the fight took place when officers originally interviewed them, according to the Anaheim Police Department. But the viral video prompted police to investigate the incident further and turn the case over to the DA’s office.
Avery Robinson, who made his first court appearance Tuesday, faces a maximum possible prison sentence of seven years and four months in state prison if convicted as charged, prosecutors said.
Judge Scott Steiner set Avery Robinson’s bail at $1 million, saying the figure was based in part on the defendant’s “multi-state criminal history.”
He’s scheduled to return to court July 31.
Andrea Robinson faces a maximum of 2 1/2 years in jail if she’s convicted on all charges, while Petrie could face up to six months in jail.