COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Three days after a melee broke out at one of their restaurants in Columbus, Red Lobster has released a statement on the story that's garnered national attention.
In a message from a spokeswoman from Red Lobster Seafood Co., headquartered in Orlando, FL, it reads:
The safety of our guests and our team is our top priority. What happened on Sunday was unacceptable and we do not tolerate that type of behavior in our restaurants.
As a proactive measure, we are hiring security at the restaurant to ensure the safety of our team and our guests. Since the time of the incident, we have been and will continue to cooperate with the police. Given this is an active investigation, I can't share more beyond that.
The strong statement stems from the May 10 brawl when a man and his family were attacked outside the restaurant. The
traveled inside the business and was captured on social media, quickly going viral.
The result of the attack led to four arrests. Three of the suspects, Artrez Coppins, Tommie Mullins and Corey Turner, bonded out of jail before their Monday recorder's court dates.
The fourth suspect, Edward Merritt, appeared in court on Tuesday, and faced three battery charges, along with reckless conduct and disorderly conduct charges. He pled not guilty to all charges and the case was bound over to state court.
It is believed the group of males assaulted the victim because they believe he may be involved in the