Woman hospitalized, several arrested after brawl outside Chuck E. Cheese

Athens police say the parents began fighting when a child toppled over another child and there was no apology at the Atlanta Highway Chuck E. Cheese.

CLARKE COUNTY, Ga. — Several people were arrested after a weekend brawl outside a Chuck E. Cheese in Athens.

According to the police report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, when Sara Gibbs pulled her child out of the arcade and restaurant, the child knocked over another child.

Kristen McCart, who says Gibbs ignored the situation, chased after Gibbs, according to police.

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The two mothers eventually fought in the parking lot, police said.

Investigators said a witness showed officers cellphone video of the altercation.


Police said the video shows McCart and another woman on the ground hitting each other.

“Multiple people are attempting to separate the physical altercation which led to more pushing and yelling, causing the altercation to worsen. Eventually, the two were separated and the altercation returned to a verbal dispute,” Officer N. Della Fortuna wrote in the police report.

According to the police report, Anna Petree was the woman who first fought with McCart, and Petree pushed McCart’s significant other, Adidas Whitehead.

After being pushed, Whitehead allegedly struck at least two women in the crowd with a closed fist, police said.

One woman, who was not charged, had noticeable swelling and bruising under her right eye, but she denied medical treatment.

Petree’s open wound under her left eye was severe enough that she was taken to a hospital.

"Our officers did exactly what they were supposed to do," Athens-Clarke County Police Spokesman Epifanio Rodriguez said.

McCart, Gibbs and Whitehead were arrested on charges of public fighting. Whitehead was also charged with battery.

A fourth person was also arrested.

"I can understand that when we're dealing with our children that sometimes emotions can get a little hot. But as adults, we have to be able to control those emotions and be able to understand that fighting at Chuck E. Cheese is probably not something that we want to do as adults," Rodriguez said.

Information from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's report was used in this article.