Police have arrested a man over a violent brawl outside a Sydney ice creamery and seized 150 vials of steroids allegedly found in the man’s vehicle.
The 25-year-old man was charged with affray over the vicious fight on Christmas Eve in Brighton-Le-Sands that left one man unconscious.
The brawl erupted after three men walking along the footpath of the Grand Parade approached another group of three men who were sitting at tables outside an ice cream parlour, police were told.
A verbal argument between the two groups escalated into physical blows as the men punched, kicked and used restaurant chairs as weapons, police said.
One man was knocked unconscious.
Police from St George Local Area Command arrested the 25-year-old man in Sans Souci around 4.30pm on Sunday.
Officers conducted a search of the man’s vehicle where they allegedly found and seized 150 vials of steroids.
Police also conducted a search warrant at a home in Sans Souci and allegedly seized a number of personal items and mobile phones.
The 25-year-old man was taken to St George Police Station and charged with affray and possessing a prohibited drug. He has been granted conditional bail and is due to appear in Sutherland Local Court on 21 January.
Footage of the brawl captured by a witness shows a figure lying motionless on the pavement as a group of men continue their assault.
“He just like, one punch in the face, and he was on the floor, didn’t move. And then the other guys just went at each other,” witness Fleur McGregor told Channel Seven.
One man can be seen using a chair to club a man lying on the ground.
He was hit with a chair four times before being kicked repeatedly in the head, according to Channel Seven.
The ice cream parlour’s customers were trapped inside as the brawl continued. One employee can be seen closing the parlour’s glass front doors.
“This poor little girl at the window of the ice cream store … was terrified because of what was happening,” Ms McGregor said.
Emergency services attended the scene immediately, but most of the men involved had fled.
The man who was knocked unconscious was spoken to by police and ambulance paramedics but he declined any treatment, police said.
He was expected to make a full recovery, they said.
Police say they would still like to speak to a number of men who may be able to assist with their enquiries.
On Thursday night, police released descriptions of three men in relation to the incident.
One man was described as being of Mediterranean or Middle Eastern appearance, medium build, aged in his 20s, with short dark hair and facial stubble. At the time he was wearing a red shirt, black tracksuit pants, and white runners.
The second man was described as being of Mediterranean or Middle Eastern appearance, medium build, aged in his 20s, with short dark hair and facial stubble. At the time he was wearing light grey shorts, a grey/green T-shirt, and white runners.
The third man was described as being of Mediterranean or Middle Eastern appearance, aged in his 20s, large build with short dark hair. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a blue T-shirt, black shorts, and highlighter yellow and green runners.
Police investigations are continuing.