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You Won't Believe This Teen Party; Could It Happen Here?

It took about 30 sheriff's deputies to shut down a party in San Juan Capistrano Saturday.

Booking photo for Ross Robert Pake, the homeowner arrested Saturday night after teens threw bottles at Orange County Sheriff's deputies. Courtesy/OCSD
Booking photo for Ross Robert Pake, the homeowner arrested Saturday night after teens threw bottles at Orange County Sheriff's deputies. Courtesy/OCSD

By Penny Arévalo

Tony neighborhoods and teen parties aren't uncommon, but if you're the host, you may want to keep your guests under control. 

A party for about 100-plus teens in an upscale San Juan Capistrano neighborhood Saturday night turned into a melee, with some throwing bottles at Orange County Sheriff’s deputies, the department reports.

About 30 deputies responded around 11:30 p.m. in the 31000 block of Peppertree Bend, according to Lt. Jeff Hallock. It was their second trip to the house following reports of a rowdy party.

“During the second response around 11:30 p.m., several party goers began throwing bottles at sheriff’s vehicles and yelling obscenities at deputies,” Hallock said.

Deputies were able to shut down the party and arrested the homeowner, identified on a blotter as Ross Robert Pake, on the suspicion of obstructing and delaying an officer and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Hallock said.

"Following dispersal of party 11 juveniles were detained at the scene, some of who had been drinking alcohol," according to a sheriff's department press release. "All juveniles were released to responsible adults."

Pake was cited and released. The teens were returned to the custody of their parents, he said.

A Patch reader said bottles remained in the street Sunday and neighborhood trashcans were turned over.

Investigators are in the process of reviewing video to identify any additional suspects or crimes that may have occurred. Anyone with information is urged to call Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators at (949) 425-1900. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at  855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or at occrimestoppers.org.

TELL US IN THE COMMENTS: What responsibility does the homeowner have when a party gets out of hand?

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