Florida ride operator attacks mom as she's getting off Ferris wheel with kids – and is brutally beaten up by crowd

WILD video shows a carnival ride operator in Florida punch a mother getting off a Ferris wheel car with kids just before an angry crowd surrounded him and pummeled him back.

Video from the Opa-locka Hialeah Flea Market on Saturday night shows the operator of a Ferris wheel first push someone who appears to be a coworker of his off the side of the amusement ride just before he attacks a mother getting off the wheel.

The mother had been standing in the car of the Ferris wheel when the man started the ride just before she sat down.

When it was her time to get off with her kids, she helped her children off the ride before turning to the man to share a few inaudible words.

That's when the man punched the woman and the two got into a melee squabble.

However, the fracas didn't last long – an angry crowd of onlookers, with someone filming screaming "beat his a*s," rushed to the mother's side and immediately began punching the ride operator.

Video shows the aftermath of the crowd jumping the barrier to the woman's rescue, punching and kicking the man off the woman.

Police later interviewed the woman, WPLG reported, with detectives adding there was enough "probable cause" to arrest the man.

"The Opa-locka Police Department does not tolerate any criminal acts of violence and will prosecute those individuals to the fullest extent of the law," police said.

It was unclear if the man was taken into custody by Monday morning.

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