COSTA MESA – A mob surrounded a police officer Sunday evening, July 16, at a Costa Mesa skate park, some hurling profanity and banging their skateboards on the ground – prompting 50 other officers to respond and leading to the arrest of three people, one of whom was hit with a Taser, authorities said on Monday.
Around 8:05 p.m. Sunday, an officer arrived at Volcom Skate Park, 900 Arlington Drive, following up on a report of several dozen participating in spray-painting vandalism. He was surrounded by 100 to 200 people, Lt. Greg Scott of the Costa Mesa Police Department said.
The group “encircled the officer in a threatening manner,” challenging the officer’s authority, some cursing and banging skateboards “angrily” on the ground, Scott said.
The gathering was apparently a memorial for a member of the group who recently died.
An emergency mutual-aid response was called and officers – including Orange County sheriff’s deputies, working at the OC Fair, and those from Newport Beach’s department – responded. So did a Huntington Beach police helicopter.
Most of the crowd dispersed within 30 minutes, Scott said.
But Josue Rivera, 22, and Jovanovic Alexander, 21, both of Costa Mesa, and an unidentified 17-year-old male, “were uncooperative with officers,” Scott said.
Officers Tased Rivera and booked him on suspicion of refusing to disperse, resisting/obstructing police, and offensive/threatening language in public.
Alexander was arrested on suspicion of refusing to disperse and resisting/obstructing police.
The minor was arrested on suspicion of vandalism, instigating a riot, refusing to disperse and offensive/threatening language in public.
The skate park, bathrooms, nearby parking lot and signage suffered spray-paint damage, Scott said.
“The Costa Mesa skate park is used all the time throughout the year by many people without major incident,” said Tony Dodero, a city spokesman in a statement. “The city was unaware of this…