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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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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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