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Police officers attacked by guests at Universal CityWalk

Leah Zanolla | Posted: Oct 5, 2013 | Updated: Oct 19, 2014 - 9:25:27 AM
An altercation in a Universal CityWalk dance club led to three people being arrested for battery on a law enforcement officer. Last week, Aaron Lyle Vogel, 25, was at the club with his girlfriend and her mother. Vogel said a man was hitting on his girlfriend, Marissa Shanahan, 23, so he got into a fight with him. The three left the club, after Universal security officers, William Cubano and Garley Parsons, had been called. The report stated that Vogel became "belligerent" when Cubano asked him to leave, and then ran at the officer and pushed him. Cubano and Parson held Vogel on the ground until the Orlando police arrived. Vogel was charged with battery on a security officer.

While Vogel was on the ground, Shanahan began punching Cubano in the head. Police arrived as a crowd began to form. Shanahan was told to put her hands behind her back, but she refused. According to OPD Cpl. Eduardo Bernal's report, "because of the crowd and hostility of those involved, I grabbed her left hand, identified myself as Orlando Police, and told her to put her hands behind her back. She aggressively pulled away from me and attempted to hit me with her right hand." He then "grabbed her left arm with both hands, pulled her away from the crowd and tried to pin her against a wall."

At this point, Shanahan's mother, Wanda Grace, 44, began hitting Bernal on his back and the back of his head. She was cuffed on the ground by another police officer and security officer. Grace was charged with battery on a law-enforcement officer.

Bernal then got Shanahan to the ground and cuffed her while she continued to try to hit him. Shanahan was charged with battery on a security officer, attempted battery on a law-enforcement officer and resisting an officer with violence.