Man Charged with Assault After South Pas Brawl

A fight that broke early Sunday morning involving a skateboard and baseball bat resulted in injury, police report.

An Alhambra resident suffered moderate injuries Sunday morning after being struck with a skateboard in a multiple-person fight on Park Avenue, according to . 

Around 2:18 a.m. Sunday, police responded to a 10- to 15-person fight at the 600 block of Park Avenue. Officers arrived within two minutes and located two victims—both 24-year-old males from Alhambra—in front of 633 Park Avenue. One of the victims suffered severe lacerations to his head caused by multiple strikes from a skateboard, police reported. It was later reported that one of the subjects involved in the fight also had a baseball bat. 

A police investigation revealed victims of the fight were involved in an argument with a large group seated in vehicles. During the altercation, several people from the vehicles joined in. One of the participants struck one of the victims on the head several times with a skateboard causing moderate injuries. As officers arrived on scene, several of the participants ran from the area.

An officer checking the surrounding area located one of the many suspects walking southbound on the 800 block of Fair Oaks Avenue. Police report the suspect, 20-year-old Miguel Garcia of Los Angeles, allegedy used a skateboard as a weapon. Garcia was later transported to the Pasadena City Jail and charged with 245 PC-assault with a deadly weapon resulting in great bodily injury.

If you have any information regarding this incident, please call South Pasadena Police Department at (626) 403-7270. 

jennifer May 09, 2011 at 02:49 AM
Why were they on Park Ave if they're from Alhambra? These kids who live on this block are loud and obnoxious, and an hour after this fight they left and with no respect for the neighbors, they walked up the street cussing and yelling at 3:30am and then did the same thing when they got home 30 min laters! I've lived in this area for 6 years and in the last year or two, this area has been loosing its peaceful atmosphere. They rent to anyone now and its brining down the neighborhood! They should have arrested ALL of them!
Jones Foyer May 09, 2011 at 10:59 PM
A group from out of town, hanging out in their cars, at 2AM. Why am I not surprised this ended up with a crime being committed?
Joseph Payne May 11, 2011 at 01:08 AM
The police department asks that anyone in the 600 block of Park (or anywhere for that matter) who is disturbed by any unreasonable noise or other disturbance (reasonableness is the key here) to not only call the police department, but be willing to identify themselves to law enforcement officers and be willing to pursue the matter in court. A police officer does not have arrest powers for misdemeanors that do not occur in their presence. A private person can be disturbed but a police officer cannot. It is necessary for the complaining party to seek prosecution. When the complaining party calls the police department it is important that they state they are willing to sign a complaint. It is mandatory for a police officer to accept a private person's arrest. For other offences where officers have probable cause or the offence is a felony, it is still important for witnesses to come forward. In this matter, police officers made arrests that they had the authority to make. It remains to be seen if the victims of the assault are willing to pursue the matter. I can respect that some people choose not to put themselves in the middle of a dispute or fear retribution; just be cognizant that it makes our job just that much more difficult. Police Chief Joseph Payne
Park Ave resident May 14, 2011 at 11:06 PM
The noise made by this incident jolted me out of bed. I didn't realize that many people were involved—I only heard a man yelling at someone and a woman screaming. I tried calling 911 twice, but couldn't get through. I stepped outside, worried about the woman, and at that time the police had arrived. My compliments to the South Pasadena Police Department for such a quick response.


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