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UPDATED: Teen Party Turns into Melee, Parent Arrested

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

EDITOR'S NOTE: Updated at 11:57 a.m. with further information from the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Originally posted at 9:55 a.m. Jan. 13, 2014.

A party for about 100-plus teens in a tony 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.

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Eric Bergstrom January 13, 2014 at 01:00 PM
No photos. No video. huh.
Kelley January 13, 2014 at 01:08 PM
The sheriffs were flying through the neighborhood at 11:30 at night going about 60 miles per hour with their sirens blaring. There were probably 15 -20 cop cars blocking entrance to and from the neighborhood as they set up what seemed to be a check point. I think that it was a tad bit excessive to have to have all their sirens blaring at that hour! Maybe for the first 1 or 2 responding officers, but not all of them. It was ridiculous! Then, when I came out of my house, to ask what was going on, and if we were in any danger, nobody would answer me, and I was never able to fully get back to sleep for the rest of the night because I was so concerned. TERRIBLE!
Donna Fleming January 13, 2014 at 01:26 PM
Amazing that a parent was home while this was going on. Not sure how I slept thru this.
Donna Fleming January 13, 2014 at 01:29 PM
Thirty deputy's responded? I didn't know we had that many.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) January 13, 2014 at 01:32 PM
In that kind of situation, the deputies from nearby cities that also contract with the Sheriff's Department pitch in.
Kelley January 13, 2014 at 01:33 PM
I saw sheriffs from Laguna Niguel and from Mission Viejo before I was scooted back inside.
GreenInOC January 13, 2014 at 01:49 PM
@Kelley, according to the article it was their 2nd trip at that point. With a parent home, I would say that it was horrible judgement on the adult's part to not take the Deputies seriously the first time. In the 2nd trip they were treated to "...party goers began throwing bottles at sheriff’s vehicles..." - I don't think using their sirens setting up a road block for that type of behavior, especially on a 2nd trip, is excessive at all. It would seem to me that the Mr. Pake and his guests were more than a tad excessive and ridiculous.
Nom de Plume January 13, 2014 at 01:55 PM
Ross Robert Pake and his family apparently have too much money and too little common sense and respect for the law. The sheriff’s response was perhaps excessive, but when you’re throwing bottles at the police, you shouldn’t be surprised if they are concerned about even more violence and call for backup! Ross Pake is a financial professional at LPL Financial LLC, a broker-dealer with over 17,500 registered representatives nationwide. Ross has held an industry securities registration for 27 years and is subject to SEC and FINRA oversight. Hope his financial advice is better than his child-rearing skills. Nice parenting, Ross!
John Smith January 13, 2014 at 02:45 PM
Congratulations @NomdePlume you quoted a short, vague article and know how to use Google. As a nieghbor I know that the father called the cops himself when his attempts to get the kids to leave were unsuccessful. No one plans for their teenager's birthday party to get out of hand. Go pass judgement on your own family or lack thereof.
Alberto Barrera January 13, 2014 at 02:59 PM
What is a "tony" San Juan Capistrano neighborhood?
Penny Arévalo (Editor) January 13, 2014 at 03:05 PM
Alberto! On behalf of your English teachers, I give you this https://www.google.com/search?q=definition+tony&oq=definition+tony&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.3577j0j7&sourceid=chrome&espv=210&es_sm=93&ie=UTF-8 next time I'll use posh. It's up on the hill with all the big homes.
Eric Bergstrom January 13, 2014 at 03:14 PM
Now THERE'S a mug shot photo. Doesn't that help tell the story better? He looks quite haggard from trying to get the children to settle down.
Eric Bergstrom January 13, 2014 at 03:15 PM
Unless of course, that's a File Photo, too, and that would be unfortunate.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) January 13, 2014 at 03:23 PM
Ross Pake give his side of the story. See follow up http://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/host-of-outofcontrol-party-explains-his-side-of-the-story
Alberto Barrera January 13, 2014 at 03:31 PM
Ah, I thought you had misspelled the "tiny" since the letters "i" and "o" are right next to each other on the keyboard.
Donna Fleming January 13, 2014 at 03:58 PM
Penny was correct in her description. Tony or toney is an adjective to describe upscale anything. Peppertree Bend is definitely toney. Since we have never had problems in the past maybe a little more tollerance is called for than so much criticism. Who here has a teen who has never had a beer at some point?
GreenInOC January 13, 2014 at 04:16 PM
@Donna, yes, who hasn't thrown a bottle at a police officer without consequence?!
Michelle Arce Castro January 13, 2014 at 06:19 PM
Apparently there are 2 ways to access the property & the cops came in the other way, which is why I didn't see them where I was parked. I just spoke to my son who confirmed that not only the dad, but also some of the invited guests were trying to get the uninvited ones to leave. As to one of the comments above....these kids usually bring their own alcohol to parties. Fake ID's, taking it from their own home....it's not hard for them to get their hands on it.
Sunshine January 13, 2014 at 06:44 PM
I've talked to the sheriffs about these teen age parties. These small parties can become huge brawls when the word gets out through texts and Facebook that a party is happening. Then the gangs show up ready to start fights and throw bottles at the sheriffs. The home owners are blind sided when huge crowds of uninvited, disruptive guests show up. This happened a few years ago to a nice family on our street. The gangs bring their own booze and trash the place. Very scary.
GreenInOC January 13, 2014 at 06:57 PM
@Sunshine, of course - it was the gangs that caused the problems, duh!!!
Scott Schmitt January 13, 2014 at 06:59 PM
I know the Pake family and they are good people. For those of you out there condemning Mr. Pake for his actions and/or lack thereof...it's easy to 'Monday morning quarterback'. If you currently have teenagers with cell phones then you may relate to how easily things can get out of control in a hurry. This truly could happen to anyone. If you don't think so, then you are either naive or resting on a self righteous perch.
GreenInOC January 13, 2014 at 07:08 PM
@Scott Schmitt, think that for Mr. Pake to say after all that has transpired that he has zero responsibility and that there was zero he could have done differently is beyond naive and self-righteous.
concerned parent January 13, 2014 at 07:14 PM
Scott Schmitt, baloney. There were all sorts of actions that he could and should have taken and he chose not to. I'm the mother of a teenager, and I'm neither naive or self righteous. But I sure don't let my teen run wild without supervision or without knowing how other parents are handling supervision at events. Perhaps the Pake family should think about apologizing for their lack of supervision to the other parents. They could even teach their daughter a valuable lesson by accepting responsibility for their poor choices that allowed a situation to get out of control.
Maura Mikulec January 13, 2014 at 08:22 PM
I wasn't going to comment, but have to respond to the "gangs" comment. That's just not true. I've seen this exact thing happen elsewhere recently, and saw not one gang-looking kid anywhere near the place.....unless you consider spoiled south county kids gang bangers. I think that is part of the problem.....too many parents have not a clue about what their kids are doing, and think their little Johnny is so innocent...only those bad gang kids do these terrible things. Naive, and quite possibly even racist to think like this.
Scott Schmitt January 13, 2014 at 09:06 PM
Well said Maura. I don't know what 'pink bubble / never never land' some of these people commenting live in.
quercus January 14, 2014 at 12:29 PM
If these kinds of situations are known to get out of hand easily, why create them?
Scott Schmitt January 14, 2014 at 01:13 PM
Lesson learned. Sad but true. In todays world where hundreds, if not thousands of kids can be notified with the push of a few buttons that there is a 'raging' party going on (whether it is true or not) has made it risky business throwing a teenage party. I know because it happened to me. What started as a fairly small invite only party VERY quickly started having uninvited people showing up. They were turned away but started congregating down the street and coming through the back gate. My wife and I felt overwhelmed and shut the party down immediately. I can see how chaos could have ensued had we waited another 20-30 minutes. The police did come but the kids were out of the house by then. Close call. I feel for you Mr. Pake...I sure didn't plan on anything like that either! P.S. Neither did our son!
Michelle Schumacher February 15, 2014 at 12:36 AM
Seriously is any one else outraged by the abuse of power and the waste of our tax payers dollars sending a helicopter and that may police cars - we live in America and we are being taken to the farm by over zealous bloated departments stealing from us right and left. Sad to read this story and know this upstanding family has had such a complete over reaction at all of our expense - time to cut back and get down to business that our money and resources are not so sadly abused

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