Police: 2 more arrests after brawl at teen dance operating without permit

355 juveniles were sold tickets to the event for $20 each, police say

Police: 2 more arrests after brawl at teen dance operating without permit
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MT. HEALTHY, OH (FOX19) - Two more adults face charges after a brawl at a Mt. Healthy teen dance that was operating without a permit, police said.

Several fights broke out, two police officers were hurt and eight juveniles and one adult were arrested late Saturday outside Playtime USA in the Hilltop Shopping Center off Hamilton Avenue, police said earlier this week.

On Wednesday, police announced on their Facebook page Marvino Higgins and Daniel Oliver were charged Tuesday night with operating a teen club without a license, police said in an update posted to their Facebook page Wednesday morning.

Playtime USA held a teen dance without first obtaining a permit required by city officials and failed to follow safety requirements in the city’s ordinance designed to protect patrons," police wrote.

“Based on our investigation, we believe 355 underage juveniles were sold tickets to the event for $20.00 each. Promotion of the event was done on social media, primarily to juveniles who attend Withrow High School. Most of those arrested do not live in in Mount Healthy.

“When fights occurred inside Playtime, management responded by evacuating the venue and forcing patrons out of the building and into the Hilltop Plaza parking area. This action exasperated the situation and caused additional fights to occur,” police wrote.

“The original officers on scene were quickly overwhelmed and called for assistance from neighboring communities. Numerous additional police agencies responded to help disperse the crowd.”

In addition to the arrests, at least three juveniles were treated at Children’s Hospital for minor injuries, according to police.

Several officers were also injured during the incident.

“Our investigation continues,” police wrote.

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