A half-dozen people, three of them juveniles, were arrested following a violent disturbance at a Claremont motel, during which some of the suspects allegedly threw phones, computer keyboards and coffee pots at the staff, police reported Monday.
Officers were called early Sunday afternoon to the Motel 6 at 840 S. Indian Hill Blvd. to investigate a report of people screaming at motel employees, according to Claremont Police Department Capt. Aaron Fate.
“While patrol units were responding, dispatch advised that it sounded like a brawl occurring inside the location,” Fate said. “When the first officers arrived, they found a large group at the lobby door and inside the lobby punching, kicking and spitting on hotel staff. The group was grabbing telephones, computer keyboards, coffee pots and other items on the counter and then throwing the objects at hotel staff.”
According to the sergeant, some in the group of suspects jumped over the counter and confronted the motel staff.
Additional units were summoned, including mutual aid from the Pomona Police Department, Fate said.
“Due to the size and violent nature of the group, all available units were needed to restore order,” the captain said. “The group was argumentative with the officers and refused to follow verbal commands.”
Several suspects were detained, but the trouble didn’t end there, according to Fate.
Miguel Marquez, 22, of La Puente, was placed in the rear of a patrol vehicle and allegedly began kicking the cruiser’s door and window. When an officer opened the door, Marques allegedly spat in the officer’s face, Fate said.
“Another suspect, 21-year-old Rudy Marquez, also out of La Puente, was placed in the rear of a patrol unit,” Fate said. “He began kicking the rear door and window. As the supervisor opened the door to attempt to calm him down, he physically assaulted the officer.”
Another four suspects, three of them juveniles, were identified, Fate said.
“One of the juvenile suspects slipped his handcuffs off after being detained,” he said. “While being handcuffed again, he physically struggled with the officers who were eventually able to successfully place him under arrest.”
Miguel Marquez was arrested of suspicion of battery, resisting arrest and felony vandalism and Rudy Marquez was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a peace officer, Fate said.
The third adult suspect, 25-year-old Jose Espinoza of Los Angeles, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, felony vandalism and battery.
The other suspects were a 17-year-old La Puente boy who was arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism, assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest and battery; a 16-year-old boy from Boyle Heights who was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, battery and felony vandalism; and a 16-year-old Upland girl who was arrested on suspicion of battery and felony vandalism.
Even after officers left the motel, staff called to say relatives of the suspects were “walking around the area and refusing to leave,” Fate said, adding that the family members were advised that they could be arrested for trespassing.
Fate did not say how or if Miguel and Rudy Marquez are related, nor did he explain what set the suspects off.
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