Brokaw Theater damaged after car hits building

Damage at the Brokaw Theater after a car drove into the building. (Photo Courtesy: David Benson, General Manager)
Damage at the Brokaw Theater after a car drove into the building. (Photo Courtesy: David Benson, General Manager)

ANGOLA, Ind. (WANE) – Angola police said a man trying to break up a fight involving his friend ended up driving into a building.

Around 3:38 a.m. Saturday, police were called to the Brokaw Theater, 200 North Public Square, for a report about a car into the theater.

Angola Police Chief Stu Hamblen said when officers arrived the car was in the parking lot. Hamblen said the driver, 29-year-old Natanael Rovira, said his friend was getting beat up. Rovira intentionally drove his vehicle onto the sidwalk towards the fight and then struck the building, according to police. Hamblen said “the aggressors” then ran from the area.

Brokaw Theater General Manager David Benson said the building is structurally safe and the theater is open for business.

“We’re calling it a scratch-and-dent sale,” Benson told NewsChannel 15. Benson said during showtimes Saturday the Brokaw will offer discounted large popcorn and soda.

Benson said the building essentially lost an exit door, but there are no safety issues.

Hamblen said damage to the building is estimated between $25,000 and $50,000.

Benson described damage to NewsChannel 15. He said some tile and glass were shattered, including a door. And part of the building is bent in, but again – there are no safety issues.

Angola police are asking anyone with information about the fight and what happened to call the police department at (260) 665-2121.

Damage at the Brokaw Theater after a car drove into the building. (Photo Courtesy: David Benson, General Manager)
Damage at the Brokaw Theater after a car drove into the building. (Photo Courtesy: David Benson, General Manager)
Damage at the Brokaw Theater after a car drove into the building. (Photo Courtesy: David Benson, General Manager)
Damage at the Brokaw Theater after a car drove into the building. (Photo Courtesy: David Benson, General Manager)
Damage at the Brokaw Theater after a car drove into the building. (Photo Courtesy: David Benson, General Manager)
Damage at the Brokaw Theater after a car drove into the building. (Photo Courtesy: David Benson, General Manager)
Damage at the Brokaw Theater after a car drove into the building. (Photo Courtesy: David Benson, General Manager)
Damage at the Brokaw Theater after a car drove into the building. (Photo Courtesy: David Benson, General Manager)