Police are on the hunt for BMX bicycle riders videotaped brawling with a pair of mall security guards in Hamilton, Ontario, according to Canadian Broadcasting Corporation News.
The wild, expletive-filled clip of the fight — in which the BMX riders prevail and get away from the security guards — has been viewed on YouTube more than 200,000 times as of Friday afternoon.
Intelligarde security officers at Jackson Square mall on Monday confronted a group of males riding BMX bicycles in the food court who then were “belligerent with the officers and were asked to leave the property,” CBC News reported, citing police.
Police said the BMXers later returned, were told again to leave, and that’s when they became “verbally aggressive,” the news outlet noted.
"Our guys felt they were looking for a fight," Intelligarde chief operating officer Chris Botting told CBC News.
But BMXer Tyler Rizzi, a Toronto rider of note, begged to differ.
“Basically myself and four of my friends went into a mall to get food with our bikes and two security guards came up and told us we weren't allowed to have our bikes in the mall,” according to a statement attributed to Rizzi and accompanying the YouTube clip. “So we said ‘OK, we will leave after we get our food that we had ordered.’” Rizzi added that he and his friends weren't riding their bicycles inside the mall.
Here's what Rizzi does when he's not brawling with security:
“Then they started shoving me and my other friend," the statement continues, "telling us to leave when most of us hadn't even got the food we ordered yet.”
Rizzi noted that he and his fellow riders ate outside near the mall; then three of them visited the mall security office to ask for management’s contact information “which they did not give very willingly."
Botting noted to the news outlet that the YouTube clip fails to tell the entire tale, explaining that video also was running inside the mall and that portion wasn't used because it makes the riders look bad.
Once the group was outside but still on mall property, they still refused to leave, CBC News reported, citing police. Which is when the security guards "attempted to arrest the males under the Trespass to Property Act for failing to leave when directed,” according to a police news release, the station added.
But Rizzi claimed the guards provoked him and his friends on the way out, shoving them, with one of them allegedly mouthing "I'm going to kill you."
"That’s when I lost it,” Rizzi said.
The clip shows Rizzi yelling at the guard, "What the f*** did you say to me? Say it! Say it!"
The guards tackle Rizzi and attempt to cuff him as the BMXer screams for "Mike" to come to his aid.
Soon Rizzi is free, and the guards have another rider on the ground — and one of guards knees the rider in the midsection.
Then Rizzi punches the guard in the head; the guard momentarily curls up on the ground, his face bloodied.
Then the rider who had been on the ground removes a sneaker — which appears to be a Vans — and hits the guard who kneed him with it.
The three males ran off before any police officers arrived, CBC News noted, adding that a search of the area was unsuccessful.
"All the people that are talking s**t would have ran away in that situation," Rizzi tweeted the following early Friday. "Sorry I have the balls to stick up for myself and my friends."
The security guards were taken to a hospital, the news outlet said, and would return to work soon. One needed stitches to close a cut above his eye.
"It definitely wasn't pretty," Botting told CBC News.
"As a BMXer we deal with security on a regular basis," Rizzi noted. "But we've never come across two individuals on a power trip like that."
Rizzi added that he wants the guards to lose their jobs and be charged with assault, noting, "What they did just wasn't right."
Here's the clip. (Warning: Violence and profanity ahead...):
This story has been updated.