An unruly crowd made work difficult for Fontana police officers who had pulled over a driver for traffic violations, according to a police press release.
On July Saturday, July 14 about 7:20 p.m. officers pulled over Luis Lopez-Cruz, 31, of San Bernardino and discovered that he was unlicensed and possibly DUI.
While conducting their investigation, a crowd of approximately 25 people began forming in front of a business nearby. Several people in the crowd began heckling the officers and inciting the crowd making it difficult for the officers to conduct their investigation. It was apparent that some people in the crowd had been drinking, police said.
A man in the crowd began interfering with the officers attempting the complete their investigation. After numerous warnings to stop, the officers attempted to arrest the subject, Christopher Vega, a 19 year old resident of Fontana, for interfering with a police officer. While attempting to do so several people began trying to pull Vega away from the officers. Vega’s mother, Maria Vega, a 42 year old resident of Fontana, stepped in between the officer and Vega and began hitting one of the officers in the chest with her fists as several other people attempted to free him, according to the release.
Officers were able to take custody of Christopher Vega and put him into a police car. Officers then returned to the sidewalk and contacted Maria Vega. An officer told Maria Vega that she was under arrest for battery on a police officer and attempted to take her into custody. Maria’s husband, Gerardo Gonzalez, a 40 year old resident of Fontana, then intervened and pushed the officer’s hand away from Maria. Maria then ran into the business nearby and hid. Officers spoke to the crowd and were eventually able to calm the situation. They located Maria inside the business where she was arrested without further incident. Gerardo Gonzalez was also arrested for interfering with a police officer, police said.
There were no injuries reported as a result of this incident.
Lopez-Cruz was eventually arrested for DUI.
BY THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE
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