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5 Arrested After Party Is Broken Up

October 23, 1998|HOLLY J. WOLCOTT

Three officers struggled with party-goers and a detective was nearly pushed off a balcony as they broke up an unruly 16th-birthday celebration, police said Thursday.

Five gang members were arrested, according to police. None of the officers was injured.

The fracas occurred shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday, when officers responded to reports of a brawl brewing at a condominium in the 2500 block of Anchor Avenue.

They found about 25 adults and teenagers, some drunk and others ready to fight, at a birthday beer bash for a 16-year-old boy, Port Hueneme Police Sgt. Ken Dobbe said.

Oxnard resident David Contreras, 20, remained jailed Thursday on suspicion of carrying LSD and resisting arrest. Officers said he ran from the party, fell on the street, and then fought with two officers trying to handcuff him.

Two 16-year-old boys also remained in Juvenile Hall after they attacked an officer and a detective during their arrests on a second-floor balcony, Dobbe said.

Authorities said one of those boys allegedly tried to shove a detective off the balcony with his foot and grabbed at another officer's gun.

He was restrained with a stun gun, Dobbe said.

He added: "I'm not going to tolerate our officers being assaulted."

The two additional arrests were made at a nearby shopping center after party guest Juan Almada, 23, of Oxnard, and the birthday boy, a 16-year-old resident of the condominium, ran as officers pulled up at the condo.

The pair went to a nearby two-story house in the 2500 block of Seadrift Court, where they smashed a window and entered the home, Dobbe said.

A woman inside ran to her bedroom, locked the door and phoned police. The pair fled but were found at the Mandalay Shopping Center in the 500 block of West Channel Islands Boulevard.

Both remained in custody Thursday.

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