A massive brawl that recently broke out at Roseville's LA Fitness is symptomatic of deeper security problems at the gym, Roseville police spokesman Lorne Rosand says.
The brawl, which involved about 15 juveniles and young men and took place just after 3 p.m. on March 2, stemmed from a basketball game being played by "two Somalian groups," Rosand told us.
"It sounds like it may have been a pickup game, and there was a foul called on one of the teams and apparently someone didn't like it," Rosand said. "It went sideways from there and grew into a large fight and spread into the workout area."
More than just fisticuffs were involved, however.
"In the video, you can see some of these young men picking up dumbbells and weight plates and trying to throw them at others," Rosand continued.
Three juveniles and three adults were arrested, and the adult suspects were charged with "various degrees of rioting, including felonies," according to Rosand. One person was treated for a concussion but no other injuries were reported.
To see a three-part video of a portion of the brawl, click to page two.
Without further ado, here's the footage:
Rosand said Roseville's LA Fitness has long been a trouble spot for thefts out of automobiles, but unfortunately, the company's California-based management hasn't been willing to work with Roseville police in addressing crime concerns.
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"When we ask LA Fitness to provide some additional help with these thefts to deter them, such as hiring additional security or putting up cameras, we just hit a wall," Rosand said. "They won't even accept a free camera that the Ramsey County Sheriff's Department will monitor 24 hours a day, even though Rosedale has one mounted on their facility."
"We're not getting callbacks from these people," he continued. "To me they're just not being responsible."
Data provided by the Roseville PD shows officers responded to 147 incidents at LA Fitness last year, and that pace of slightly over 10 a month has continued this year.
Rosand said that's the second highest number of police calls received from any location during that period, behind the Rosedale Mall.
"The department expects Rosedale to have the lion's share of calls for service because of its size, [the] number [of] tenants, and being the second largest mall in the state," Rosand said.
We called LA Fitness for comment about the fight and the Roseville PD's criticisms, but a front-desk employee told us, "We're not talking to any media about this."