PHILADELPHIA — A man was charged in connection with a large brawl that broke out among people attending two different wedding receptions in downtown Philadelphia during the weekend, police said Monday.
The fight, which was caught on video and quickly spread online, happened early Sunday at a hotel in the Society Hill neighborhood and involved dozens of people in their formal attire. A 57-year-old suffered a fatal heart attack outside the reception, police said, but authorities don’t know if he was involved in the fights. Dozens of police were called in to attempt to control the melee.
One of the people involved, Matthew Sofka, 26, of Westfield, N.J., was being charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, and other counts in connection with the fight, said Lieutenant Raymond Evers, a police spokesman.
Investigators don’t know what started the brawl, but alcohol was involved; two other people were cited for disorderly conduct.
The spreading altercation was caught on video by Max Schultz, 15, from Camp Hill in central Pennsylvania, who was in Philadelphia with his parents to see the historic sites and celebrate his birthday. Schultz said he was sleeping when noise from the fight awoke him and he went to check it out around 2 a.m.
‘‘I just saw a lot of people going at it,’’ said Schultz, who later posted the video on YouTube. ‘‘It was obviously pretty chaotic.’’