100 to 200 skateboarders encircle officer at Costa Mesa park, prompting 50 other officers to respond and leading to 3 arrests

COSTA MESA – A mob surrounded a police officer Sunday evening, July 16, at a skate park – 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 shot with a Taser, authorities said on Monday.

Around 8:05 p.m. Sunday, an officer arrived at Volcom Skate Park, 900 Arlington Drive, and encountered 100 and 200 people, some believed to have been spray-painting the inside of the park, Lt. Greg Scott of the Costa Mesa Police Department said in a statement.

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 may have been an impromptu 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, arrested him and took him to a nearby hospital; he was booked into the Costa Mesa Police Department’s jail on suspicion of refusing to disperse, resisting/obstructing police and offensive/threatening language in public.

He posted his $1,000 bail and was released, Scott said.

Alexander was arrested on suspicion of refusing to disperse and resisting/obstructing police, and was booked in Orange County Jail on $500 bail.

The minor was arrested on suspicion of vandalism, instigating a riot, refusing to disperse and offensive/threatening language in public. He was booked into Orange County Juvenile Hall with no bail.

The skate park, bathrooms, nearby parking lot and…

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