Tuesday Oct 12 2010
Six boys arrested after another sent to hospital
By: Lien Hoang
Neighbor: boys have been terrorizing area
Six teenage boys were arrested Tuesday morning, following a fight Friday night that sent one man to the hospital. After interviews at Oakmont High School, where the boys are students, Roseville police said they arrested the teenagers on suspicion of assault causing great bodily injury. In the fight, an 18-year-old was repeatedly hit on the head with a large metal flashlight, police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther said. After being punched and kicked, he was treated and released from Sutter Roseville Medical Center’s emergency room the same night. The brawl around 9:45 p.m. at Crestmont Park, 1500 Champion Oaks Drive, involved as many as 25 people. Gunther said the violence was not gang-related, but all arrestees were Oakmont boys between ages 16 and 17. The 18-year-old, who does not go to Oakmont, reportedly drove to the park to hang out with friends and encountered other teenagers. Gunther said she didn’t know the cause of the clash, which included people fist fighting. Oakmont principal Kathleen Sirovy said the school has only been involved by providing space for the investigation – youth officer Ryan Nottleson is assigned to Oakmont throughout the school year and conducted interviews there. Sirovy said the arrested students’ actions are outside the jurisdiction of the school, which is not taking disciplinary actions. “At this point they [police] can find no connection to the school,” Sirovy said. “It wasn’t anything that started here on campus.” One neighbor who did not want to give her name said the boys have been terrorizing her neighborhood near the school and park. They have pulled knives on people, threatened to kill pets, cursed and driven recklessly through the area, she said. Sirovy was aware of neighbors’ concerns but didn’t have first-hand knowledge of the problems raised. “The community is frustrated with a group of gentleman,” Sirovy said. This is a developing story. Check back throughout the day as more details become available. Lien Hoang can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you know more about the arrests, call Lien at (916) 774-7969.