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Dispute over 'Fast & Furious' movie seat in Glendale gets violent

May 29, 2013

A 19-year-old Los Angeles man was assaulted Friday after he refused to get up from a theater seat which a patron claimed she saved for a family member, police said.

The man and his girlfriend planned to watch “Fast & Furious 6” at the Pacific Theatres at the Americana at Brand in Glendale, according to police.

The couple found two empty seats near the front of the packed theater and sat down, but they were quickly confronted by another patron, police said.

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The patron claimed she was saving the seats for her family members who were in the lobby, police said.

But the man reportedly refused to move, saying it was public place.

That’s when the patron called someone on her cell phone and a second theater patron appeared. He reportedly yelled obscenities and threats at the man and then got help from a security guard who urged the man to move to another seat.

Again, the man refused to move, so police said the second theater patron punched him multiple times in the face.

The patron who allegedly punched the man and his family exited the theater and security was unable to find him.

Police said the man was bleeding from his nose.

-- Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com

Follow on Google+ and on Twitter: @VeronicaRochaLA.

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