San Antonio Express-News
Oct. 12—Texas police are investigating a chaotic brawl that took place between a group of adults and employees at a Hooters in Plano last week. The manager of the restaurant was attacked with a steel pipe during the fight that started over chocolate bars, according to a report from WFAA.
Video of the attack reached viral status after the confrontation took place at the Hooters at 720 Central Expressway, Plano, TX 75074, on October 6. Nearly a week later on Tuesday, October 11, the manager, 27-year-old Waldo Montano, told WFAA that it all started after he escorted some children out of the place for selling chocolate bars inside without permission.
Montano, who’s worked at the place for over a year, said the children have been at the Hooters before and bothered customers. Police confirmed to the station that the children threw things around inside the Hooters before leaving. After they left, three adults walked into the restaurant and started arguing with Montano and another customer who intervened.
Investigators said the adults then attacked Montano with a hard object, which he later told reporters was a steel pipe. The viral video showed Montano being punched and kicked by the adults. Some employees were also injured when one of the adults broke a window, according to KDFW-TV.
Hooters in Plano last night. pic.twitter.com/vKe4bTbPcy— DallasMicdUp (@DallasMicdUp) October 7, 2022
“I saw so many people coming at me, so I just covered my head as best as I could,” Montano said. “I felt fear — like genuine fear. I didn’t know what to do.”
Montano is calling for the arrest of the individuals involved. Plano police said the group left the restaurant before officers arrived but that investigators are working on reviewing videos and identifying individuals involved. No arrests have been made.
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