Family defends self in car dealership chaos
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (WSVN) -- The family involved in a heated confrontation at a local car dealership said they are the victims in this situation.
Attorney David Braun is representing the family that was involved in an all-out melee inside a Hollywood used car dealership. Braun said the people who own the business were the aggressors. "I saw the tape yesterday and we reviewed it. You see that those employees had this family trapped in that office. They couldn't get out," said Braun.
Last week, a 20-year-old man came to the dealership to buy a 1994 Honda. He agreed to buy a car and put down a $300 deposit, but then decided to cancel the deal and demanded his money back. "He was looking for something cheap, that he wanted, that he could afford," said Peggy, an employee at the dealership.
A week later he returned with his sister, a family friend and two small children. Peggy's father saw the situation escalated and took out his camera. "Those employees came in and blocked the door so that they couldn't get out of the office," said Braun.
On video, you can hear Peggy's father telling the family to leave twice.
The children could be heard screaming from a separate room as the arguing continued. The family friend is seen knocking Peggy's computer off the table, and then punching and shoving employees as he walks out. "The employees could have gone back inside the dealership and called the police. They could have gone inside the dealership and locked the doors," said Braun.
The arguments continued outside. "I was standing here, and I took out my phone, and I was trying to work my phone to record it, and as soon as I took it out, the lady came at me," Peggy said.
The family friend could be seen in a corner outside as he swings and punches an employee square in the face.
Reporter: "To a viewer who sees that, how do you defend that?"
Braun: "I think the main thing is you have to put yourself in that position and you have to say to yourself, 'Is at any times, is it right to hit someone or to strike someone?' The answer is no, unless you are defending yourself. We don't really know what brought that action on."
Peggy would then continue to follow them in an attempt to capture the suspects' license plate and wait for police. That is when Peggy was attacked.
Lisa Cameron is the mother of the 20-year-old. She was not at the dealerships at the time of the incident, but defends her family. "This has been a very traumatic experience for my son and his first car buying experience," said Cameron. "It has also been a traumatic experience for my family and being taunted rapidly, and being held against their will."
Hollywood Police are aware of the situation and are investigating. However, no arrests have been made.
Cameron and her attorney are contemplating seeking legal action.
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