Youths Arrested in Beating of Marines During Memorial Day Weekend in California
At least five youths were arrested Tuesday in the weekend beating of at least two Marines during a melee near the San Clemente Pier, California.
The four boys and one girl were booked into jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon (non-firearm), the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said, adding that their identities were not being disclosed because they are minors. The department noted, however, that the investigation is ongoing.
The pair of Marines were treated at the scene for minor injuries to their hands, knees, abdomens and heads, but they refused to go to a hospital, Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Mike Woodroof said. A third Marine was later identified as a victim as well.
It was unclear how many people attacked the two men, but Woodroof said the number was likely somewhere between 10 and 30.
A minute-long video which has circulated online captured the brawl. In the video the Marines are seen on the ground trying to shield themselves from the attack as their assailants punch and kick them.
According to the OCSD, the brawl sparked from fireworks being set off on the beach. When the Marines asked them to stop, both men were assaulted as they were leaving the area.
The group then circled the two Marines and begin punching and kicking them.
The brawl appeared to come to an end after two individuals, a man and a woman, step in, telling the group to stop.
“I didn’t think of the consequences, obviously,” said Patricia Hurtavo, the woman in question. Hurtavo said that she feared the crowd would have killed the Marines had she not stepped in.