O.C. Homeowner Detained After Rowdy Partygoers Throw Bottles at Deputies

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A San Juan Capistrano homeowner was arrested after teenagers at a rowdy party at the man’s house threw bottles at responding sheriff’s deputies, authorities said Monday.

Ross Pake is shown in a photo released by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

More than 100 teens were at the Saturday evening party when deputies arrived — their second visit of the night — in response to a partygoer’s call about “numerous disturbances” at the event, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

The partiers yelled obscenities at deputies and threw bottles, according to the Sheriff’s Department. A call for backup brought about 30 additional patrol units to the home, in the 31000 block of Peppertree Bend (map) in an exclusive neighborhood, a sheriff’s news release stated.

Homeowner Ross Pake, 53, was taken into custody for obstructing/delaying an officers and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, both misdemeanors.

In a post on the San Juan Capistrano Patch local news website, Pake said he had allowed his “straight-A student daughter” to have 30 to 40 friends over for her birthday, but the crowd grew to 100. Pake wrote that he promised deputies to shut the party down.

“In next 20 minutes, things got crazy as news of the party apparently went viral from kids texting and messaging. For every kid I kicked out and asked to leave, 10 more poured in,” Pake wrote.

Then, he said, “50-plus deputies and a helicopter” responded, and “I wasn’t sure if I was more alarmed by the kids (who were mostly leaving given the police presence) or by the army of deputies acting like MacArthur storming Normandy.”

Pake described being handcuffed and put in the back of a patrol car when he objected to the deputies’ response.

He apologized to neighbors for the disturbance, signing the post “Angry and Abused in SJC.”

Eleven juveniles were detained, “some of who had been drinking,” and then released to responsible adults, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Investigators were reviewing video to see if other crimes were committed at the party.

Anyone with information was urged to call sheriff’s investigators at 949-425-1900.  Anonymous tips may be submitted to 855-847-6227 or occrimestoppers.org.

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