COLUMBUS, Ga — Four men caught on video starting a fight inside a local Red Lobster appear in court Monday morning.
Court records say Edward Merritt, Brenton Jones, Brandon Jones, and Marcus Jackson face burglary charges unrelated to the assault charges they also face after witness video appears to show the men attacking a family back in May 2015.
Police say the men attacked another man as he was leaving the Red Lobster on 13th Street with his family. They say the alleged attackers thought the man had something to do with a murder on Gleason Avenue earlier that year.
Witnesses say the man who was attacked was holding a 14-month-old baby at the time. When two men tried to get the baby out of harm’s way, the group attacked them too.
Police say the investigation into the assault led to further investigation into the men’s criminal histories.