The owners of a mansion where hundreds attended a party Saturday despite concerns such events could be spreading grounds for the coronavirus were sued by the city of Glendora, which seeks to have the residence declared a public nuisance and a ban placed on short-term rentals there for up to two years.
The city brought the complaint Wednesday in Pomona Superior Court against Cao “Charles” Xin and Olivia Lei Zhao, identified as the owners of the 20,000-square-foot estate in the 1100 block of Sierra Madre Avenue.
“As news reports of the event showed, hundreds of people were packed into the property, with no observance of social distancing and no observance of mask wearing requirements,” according to the suit.
Also named a defendant is Davante Dajon Bell, identified in the complaint as a “self-employed event coordinator host/promoter” of such events as Saturday’s “100 Summers Mansion Party,”
Bell has numerous social media accounts under the name “King Bell,” including @iamkingbell on Twitter and Instagram and Kingbellflight on Snapchat, according to the suit, which asks that Bell be prohibited from promoting, organizing, sponsoring or coordinating any gathering of any type in violation of the Glendora Municipal Code and applicable health orders.
“Such violations constitute irreparable harm to (the city’s) interest in preserving the health, safety and general welfare of the community at large as well as in and around the property itself,” the suit states.
Representatives for the defendants could not be immediately reached.
The suit contains numerous exhibits, including photos of the property and copies of social media promotions of Saturday’s event. The suit also details 29 previous incidents at the mansion dating back to last Nov. 5, most of them involving complaints about loud music.
On Saturday, police were alerted by numerous residents near the mansion about a planned party, and at about 1:50 p.m., police spoke to an occupant of the home who said a family gathering would be taking place with fewer than 25 people, the suit states.
Further investigation by police revealed Bell was promoting the “100 Summers Mansion Party” and providing live music and bus transportation to and from the property, according to the suit.
“Despite the obvious nature of the risks involved in holding a party of this type because of COVID-19, Bell disregarded all warnings given by (the city),” the suit states.
Xin and Zhao did not try and stop the party despite having the authority to do so under their short-term rental agreement, the suit states.
Bell ignored a police order to shut down the party and the number of partygoers far outnumbered the number of officers, so backup help was obtained from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Azusa Police Department, the suit states.
The party came to a close about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the suit.
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