San Juan Capistrano Father to Face Charges for Out-of-Control Teen Party

Ross Pake is due in court June 17 to enter pleas to two misdemeanor charges.

Booking photo for Ross Pake, courtesy the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
Booking photo for Ross Pake, courtesy the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Orange County prosecutors have decided to press criminal charges against a San Juan Capistrano man for an out-of-control teen party in January.

Ross Pake is due in court June 17 to enter pleas to two misdemeanor charges: contributing to the delinquency of a minor and resisting arrest, according to a complaint the Orange County District Attorney’s office has filed with the Superior Court.

On Jan. 11, about 30 deputies responded around 11:30 p.m. in the 31000 block of Peppertree Bend, the second call to the residence that evening, officials said.

“Several party-goers began throwing bottles at sheriff’s vehicles and yelling obscenities at deputies,” Lt. Jeff Hallock said at the time.

Deputies detained 11 teens, several of whom had been drinking, officials said. They were released into the custody of their parents.

In a letter to Patch, Pake said the party went “viral” from kids texting each other.

Despite the rowdiness, he said he was surprised by the sheriff’s department’s response:

“When the deputies returned just before 11 with 25 patrol cars and 50-plus deputies and a helicopter, 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,” he said.

Pake said he felt like his family’s rights were being abused.

Smokey Bear May 13, 2014 at 07:59 PM
Wow, pressing charges?! Why? Isn't this why we pay taxes; so that we have police, firemen to handle this kind of thing? Crazy,, what's next? The police filing charges against a homeowner being robbed? Poor guy, they are going to fine him out the yin yang!
Laguna Niguel May 19, 2014 at 03:03 PM
The Orange County Sheriff's are OUT OF CONTROL. Can Anyone seriously tell me that they have had more positive experiences with O.C. Sheriff's than negative? The Sheriff's create an atmosphere of fear and hate. All they want to do is arrest people. That is why the jails are overrun with innocent bystanders. The fact that they spend their training years in jails and prisons, makes them hardened and all they see are criminals on the streets. I recommend everyone either get arrested at least once or get involved with a movement to monitor the jails...This is where the problem starts and persists. They don't care about their public image nor do they do anything to try and educate young children on what their job is. They do Nothing positive and everything negative. Protect and Serve, My *ss. Unless you mean protect their paychecks and serve the courts. With their shaved heads, and bad attitude, they look and act more like criminals than any citizen I know.
Rocky Neidhardt June 04, 2014 at 12:38 AM


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