July 10, 2012
by Julie Montanaro
A brawl outside the Fun Station in Tallahassee led to seven arrests.
Two of the teens are accused of brandishing a gun both inside the amusement center and outside.
According to Tallahassee Police reports, it happened at the Fun Station on Sharer Road at about 10:30 Friday night. Two groups of teens faced off in the parking lot.
Witness Nyema Robinson said a fight escalated fast.
"A young lady pulled out a gun and was brandishing a gun and waving it in the air... and there were young kids around, as well as adults," Robinson said.
"Once I saw the gun, it just took it to a whole other level of fear," said Dean Wagman, the manager on duty that night.
A 26 page police report released Tuesday shows that one group of teens took refuge inside the Fun Station and the other group stayed outside, at least initially. Before it was over, police reports say, the
brawl moved inside.
Manager Dean Wagman was just five feet away when he says he saw a woman pull out a gun.
"She placed the gun on the ground, another male picked it up and started pointing it at the other group. There were families around, it was pretty terrifying," Wagman said.
Wagman says he tried to usher children and families playing nearby into the laser tag arena to safeguard them.
Tallahassee Police wound up arresting seven teens and charging them with disorderly conduct.
19 year old Nekosha Chukes and 16 year old Gregory Manley are also charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly waving the gun. No shots were fired.
"I was just astonished to see that that was happening at a child place, a family oriented place. I was just really astonished at that. People really need to think about things they do before they do it. Why would you bring, what do you need a gun at Fun Station for? What is the necessity of that? I think you only need tokens and coins and stuff like that, not a gun," Robinson said.
The incident has prompted some swift changes at Fun Station.
The manager says Fun Station already has security on duty on Saturdays and Sundays. It is now adding security on Fridays nights too.
Owner Jason Jusko says from now on children under 18 will have to be accompanied by a parent on Friday and Saturday nights.