July 8, 2024

USA: 70 Arrested After 200 Juveniles Shutdown Mall In Carson With Fireworks And Mayhem. Family Of 5 On Bikes Injured, 3 Critically In Hit-And-Run Crash In Garden Grove; DUI Suspect Arrested.


KTLA 5 pubilshed July 7, 2024: After more than 70 juveniles were detained and cited Saturday night in connection with a major disturbance at a mall in Carson, some parents and relatives of the kids are calling the law enforcement presence excessive. KTLA's Carlos Saucedo reports.
KCAL News published July 7, 2024: More than 70 juveniles detained following "large-scale disturbance" at SouthBay Pavilion. Lauren Pozen reports from the SouthBay Pavilion in Carson, where just a day earlier deputies responded to a more than 200-person gathering at the shopping center, where a trash can was set on fire and illegal fireworks lit inside of a store.

CBS News
written by Lauren Pozen
Sunday July 7, 2024

Dozens of teenagers were arrested following what police called a "large-scale disturbance" at the SouthBay Pavilion Mall in Carson on Saturday.

Deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department were sent to the shopping center, located in the 20700 block of Avalon Boulevard, at around 2:30 p.m. after learning of the disturbance, which involved approximately 200 juveniles, according to a statement from Carson city officials.

"The incident included the setting of a trash can on fire and the use of illegal fireworks within the mall premises," the statement said.

The 73 juveniles who were detained allegedly refused to disperse. Three were reportedly from Carson while the rest came from neighboring cities, according to LASD.

Each was issued a citation before being release to their parents or guardians, according to the city statement.

"Criminal activity of this nature is disruptive to our businesses and harmful to our community and will not be tolerated," said a post on Instagram from Carson Sheriff's Station deputies.

There were no reports of any actual arrests, theft or injuries from the incident, LASD deputies reported.

"The safety and well-being of our residents and businesses are our top priority," said a statement from Carson Mayor Lula Davis-Holmes. "We are taking immediate steps to ensure such incidents do not recur."

KCAL News has reached out to mall management for comment on the matter but has not yet heard back.
ABC7 published July 8, 2024: Family of 5 on bikes injured in hit-and-run crash in Garden Grove. A DUI suspect was arrested in a hit-and-run crash that injured a family of five - including three children - in Garden Grove.
NBCLA published July 8, 2024: Mom recounts on crash that left family hospitalized in Garden Grove. After the hit-and-run crash left three children and two adults critically injured, the suspected DUI driver was arrested thanks to a good Samaritan. Hetty Chang reports.
KTLA 5 published July 8, 2024: Family struck by suspected DUI driver. A man is in custody in connection with a tragic hit-and-run that left a young father, his 5-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter in critical condition over the weekend in Orange County. KTLA's Carlos Saucedo reports

ABC7 News, Los Angeles local
written by Amy Powell and Josh Haskell
Monday July 8, 2024

GARDEN GROVE, California -- An alleged DUI hit-and-run left a 5-year-old boy clinging to life and other members of a Garden Grove family hospitalized in critical condition.

The collision happened as the parents were out for a bike ride, pulling their three children in bicycle trailers Sunday night.

The driver fled the scene, but a witness followed the vehicle and helped police catch the suspect.
Thank God for that one witness who followed the vehicle. (emphasis mine)
It happened Sunday just after 7:30 p.m. near Haster Street and Twintree Lane. Investigators say two adults riding bicycles were pulling the children in bicycle trailers when they were all hit.

All five family members, including a 27-year-old man and 25-year-woman, were taken to the hospital. Three of them - two children and their father - were in critical condition.

Angela Hernandez was struck by the vehicle, but since her injuries were less severe, she has been spending her time since then visiting her children and their father in different Orange County hospitals.

"I blacked out," she recalled. "I just remember a car hit us. Like something hit me. I got up right away. I felt like a rush and I just got up, I tried to get my kids up. I tried to check on Angel, their dad. I didn't see my son moving, not responding."

She is most worried about her 5-year-old son, Jacob Ramirez.

"I just hope he survives. He already went into two surgeries. They tried to stop the bleeding. His brain is really swollen. He's not responding to anything. I just hope he makes it."

Her 8-month-old daughter Lydia is in stable condition, her 6-year-old daughter Gianna is critical, and their father Angel Ramirez, is also in critical condition.

Surveillance video obtained by Eyewitness News shows the moment before the collision. You can see a black car going down the street before the crash.

A man who lives across the street told ABC7 he immediately rushed to help the victims. Video taken after the crash shows the mangled bicycles in the middle of the street.

Authorities say the driver, identified as Ceferino Ramos, 29, of Santa Ana, fled the scene but was followed by a witness who led officers to him a short distance away.

He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and hit-and-run.
The DUI driver better be held without bail. The little 5yo boy might not make it and the dad is not doing good either. The family needs our prayers. (emphasis mine)
Police are still conducting their investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact authorities.

A GoFundMe page has been started for injured members of the Ramirez family.

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