Two men and a 17-year-old boy were arrested following a mass disturbance involving more than 100 skateboarders and others accused of threatening behavior directed toward an officer responding to a vandalism complaint at Volcom Skate Park, police reported Monday.
Police were called about 8 p.m. Sunday to the park at 900 Arlington Drive on reports that “several dozen vandals” were spray-painting inside the facility, according to Costa Mesa police.
The first officer who arrived on scene “encountered between 100 to 200 subjects who encircled the officer in a threatening manner,” according to police, who said many of them “challenged the officer’s authority, yelled profanities and banged their skateboards on the ground angrily.”
The officer called for backup, which came from Newport Beach police and Orange County sheriff’s deputies, including some who had been working nearby at the Orange County Fair. About 50 officers were needed to disperse the crowd.
Josue D. Rivera, 22, of Costa Mesa, was arrested on suspicion of refusing to disperse, resisting arrest and using threatening language in public; Jovanovic I. Alexander, 21, of Costa Mesa was arrested on suspicion of refusing to disperse and resisting arrest; and the teenager was arrested on suspicion of vandalism, instigating a riot, refusing to disperse and using threatening language in public.
— City News Service
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