UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (CN) – Six Flags security guards detained two Muslim kids, threatened them with Mace “and asked them if they believed in God,” then assaulted them in the parking lot, the boys and their families claim in Prince George’s County Court.
Ahmad Al-Momani, Hussein Tafour and their families say they had season passes to Six Flags, which they sued for assault and battery, false imprisonment and negligent hiring.
The kids say they were waiting in line for a ride when they were surrounded by “a few men” dribbling basketballs. The men left, then returned with a security guard who accused them of hitting the guard’s “brother.” The boys say they were taken to security, where they were “threatened with Mace” and asked “if they believed in God.”
The boys say the security guards released them after an hour, then jumped in the parking lot.
“While the plaintiffs were in the parking lot, a Six Flags security vehicle came into view. The security vehicle drove between the plaintiffs, and activated its lights and sirens,” the complaint states.
“Suddenly, a group of individuals descended on the plaintiffs and began assaulting
and battering the plaintiffs and placing the plaintiffs in fear of imminent harm, thereby injuring and damaging the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs noticed that at least one of the individuals was a Six Flags employee. After the incident, the plaintiffs saw the men get into the Six Flags security vehicle and drive away.”
The families demand $3 million in compensatory damages and $9 million in punitive damages for each boy, alleging negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and assault and battery.
They are represented by Roy Mason with Mason Cawood of Annapolis.