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.