ORANGEBURG, SC (WIS) - Several days after video of a fight at a Midlands restaurant was posted on YouTube, deputies announced they've charged three people in connection with the brawl.
Deputies arrested and charged Patricia Hampton, Tracy Brown Day, and Alonzo Dantzler, Jr., all of Orangeburg, with public disorderly conduct in the January 22 fight at the IHOP on North Road.
After announcing the charges Thursday afternoon, Interim Sheriff Barbara Walters warned the public that those causing disturbances will be held accountable. "We want to ensure the people of this county that we will seek charges against those that disturb our community." said Walters. "Whether the incident takes place in a restaurant or any other public place."
Deputies were called to the restaurant around 5:00 a.m. after a fight in the dining room left tables, chairs and food all over the place. After management refused to file a report, deputies left. Walters said Tuesday that her department had opened up an investigation to identify the aggressors in the fight.
A two minute cell phone video surfaced on the Internet hours after the incident. The video has been viewed over 60,000 times on YouTube and over 34,000 times on wistv.com.
The clip starts out with an unidentified woman yelling "I ride the ride! I ride the ride!" Then she yells "Back off! Back off!" and punches start flying.
The video is unsettling to some Orangeburg residents. "It bothers me that my mother, my family could be out trying to enjoy a simple meal," said Eric Collins. "It makes you wonder... Am I going to be next? Am I going to get caught in this?"
During the brawl, a man with a black jacket with "security" written on the back attempts to break up the fight, but the punching and name calling continues.
Later in the video, a man can be swinging what looks like a cane at an unidentified woman. That same man is seen at the end of the video walking toward the door of the restaurant claiming he 'hasn't done anything.'
Kenneth Collier and his goddaughter are embarrassed the video is getting attention on the Internet. "It just make us look bad, ignorant, all of the above," said Collier. "It's just ridiculous."
"I don't see how you can talk about kids acting the way they do. When grown-ups acting like that. I just don't understand," said Collier. "I guess they're looking for a reality show."
"People need to respect each other," said Collins. "We've got too many problems in this country to watch that on the news. We've got soldiers fighting a war and they fighting over pancakes."
A spokesperson for International House of Pancakes said Tuesday that corporate leaders are looking at the video to determine how to make the dining experience safer for its patrons. He also released the following statement after police made the arrests Thursday: "Arrests in this case are very encouraging. As he has from the outset, the franchise owner of this location continues to cooperate fully with the authorities, including a willingness to file a police report and press charges. While this was an isolated incident, caused by individuals who appear to have no respect for the community of Orangeburg, security has been enhanced as the well-being of guests and employees is the franchisee's primary concern."
IHOP refused to talk about the incident on camera, but the spokesperson said safety is always the company's top priority. Officials say this was an isolated fight.
The three suspects had bond hearings Thursday morning.