5 juveniles, 1 adult face charges in connection with Kings Island fights

Published: May. 28, 2021 at 11:15 AM EDT|Updated: May. 28, 2021 at 3:17 PM EDT
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MASON, Ohio (FOX19) - Five juveniles and an adult are facing charges following last weekend’s fights at Kings Island, Warren County Prosecutor David P. Fornshell announced Friday.

The teens range in age from 14 to 17.

Charles Brown, 18, of Cincinnati, is the adult facing charges, according to Fornshell.

The charges include inducing panic, obstructing official business, assault, and disorderly conduct.

None of the individuals are in custody yet, Fornshell said.

Mason police have been working with Kings Island security officials to identify those involved in the May 22 fights which happened inside the park and out in the parking lot.

Troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol said there were several fights in the afternoon, and then one large fight happened just before 10 p.m.

“In 10 years, we’ve not seen anything like what we saw this past Saturday,” Fornshell said.

He says it appears some people just wanted to fight.

Some of those involved in the fights were season pass holders, according to the prosecutor.

The suspects won’t be going back to the amusement park though.

“Kings Island fully supports the actions of the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office to hold accountable anyone who was responsible for the unruly behavior and altercations that took place at the park on May 22,” read a statement from park officials.

A man who shot video of the situation said it began as a minor argument that quickly escalated into a large fight.

Shan Powell said the fighting involved a massive group of kids throwing ice and water at each other as well as police.

Shannon Jacobs says she witnessed the wild crowds while picking up her 15-year-old son that night. The screaming frightened her even as an adult.

“One kid got slammed on the ground, and they stole his shoe,” Jacobs said. “What my son was telling me is it was just, just groups, all over the whole park, just fighting.”

Kings Island closed the park 30 minutes early due to the incidents and announced several days later that will be additional security and police at the amusement park in light of the fights.

On Thursday, the park announced it was cutting hours due to a labor shortage.

Through June 10, Kings Island will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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