Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date February 15, 2005
Contact Sergeant Mike Cook
Phone (951) 320-5644
Fax (951) 320-8043


Disturbance at Castle Park

Riverside, Ca-  On Monday, February 14, 2005, at approximately 6:15 PM, Officers from the Riverside Police Department responded to 3500 Polk Street (Castle Park) regarding a disturbance. Castle Park personnel requested police assistance due to a disturbance escalating into physical altercations. An estimated 2,500 patrons were at the amusement park.

Upon arrival, responding officers were informed that numerous patrons were involved in physical altercations. As officers assessed the situation and requested additional assistance, they were confronted by a group of about 200 subjects. Officers attempted to detain two subjects involved in a fight and the group physically confronted the officers.

The officers established control within the park and with the assistance of other officers dispersed the remaining patrons within the park. Assisting in the incident with traffic and crowd control outside the park, were officers from the C.H.P., Riverside County Sheriff, Corona P. D. and R.C.C. PD. Three male juveniles were taken into custody for battery on a peace officer, resisting arrest and disturbing the peace. Two of the juveniles received medical treatment for minor injuries and all three were released to a family member pending juvenile court proceedings.

Three Riverside Police Officers received minor injuries during the confrontation. Their injuries were minor in nature and all were treated and released to return to full duty.

The cause of the incident is the subject of an on-going investigation, and anyone with information should contact Detective Jim Lopez at (951) 320-8009.