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Man Arrested After Beating Up 3 Disney Employees in Epcot: Deputies

Deputies were called to the park Sunday night after reports that the man was hitting one of the employees with a metal pipe, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said.

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    Orange County Sheriff's Office
    Austin De Van Hill, 24.

    A man was arrested for beating up three Disney employees at the Epcot Theme Park in Orlando, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said.

    Austin De Van Hill, 24, faces charges of aggravated battery, battery and felony battery after his Sunday night arrest. He was released from jail on a $3,750 bond, a jail official said.

    Deputies were called to the park after they got reports that Hill was hitting one of the employees with a metal pipe, the arrest report said.

    Hill, who deputies say was drunk, was being held on the ground by park employees when deputies arrived. He was bleeding from the knees, wrists and hands, the sheriff’s office said.

    As the deputies attempted to take him to the security office, he was “yelling and continuing to cause a disturbance,” his arrest report said.

    “Hill's resistive actions made it possible for him to break free of our control for a short period,” the Orange County Sheriff's Office said. “Hill's subsequent movements caused him to fall to the concrete and injure his chin and jaw.”

    Hill was taken to Celebration hospital, where he got stitches on his chin for the injury caused during his fall.

    Michael Connelly was the first Disney employee to be punched in the park, deputies said. He was punched in the head and had to be transported to Celebration hospital, where he was treated for a large gash across his forehead, the report said.

    Timothy Beltley, another Disney employee, was also punched in the face and complained of neck pain. He was transported to Celebration hospital non-emergency, the sheriff’s office said.

    Jessica Brown was hit in her face and neck with a plastic PVC pipe, authorities said. She had small swelling and was not transported to the hospital, authorities said.

    It wasn’t immediately known if he had an attorney. 

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