Police bust 15 juveniles at party

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Crime > LAPD responds to noise complaint

By Tris DeRoma

Responding to a noise complaint, officers from the Los Alamos Police Department apprehended 15 teens having a party in the 300 block of Aragon Street, April 12.

When Ofc. Benjamin Irving and Cpl. Sheldon Simpson first pulled up to the back of the house that Friday night around 10 p.m., two individuals, Zachary Martinez, 19 and Zakary Coker, 18 tried to run out the back when a group of other LAPD officers knocked on the front door. However, Irving and Simpson quickly apprehended the suspects.

Eventually, Simpson entered the house to apprehend more suspects. While waiting outside the back, Irving observed another youth trying to escape out a back exit, jumping from the balcony above him. Simpson ordered the suspect to stop and he did. Simpson then placed him in handcuffs.

Sgt. Monica Salazar, Cpl. Adam Jung and Cpl. Patrick Massara came in through the front of the house, rounding up several individuals who were hiding throughout the house. Police also noted they observed a strong odor of marijuana, open beer cans, cups containing alcohol and a refrigerator containing two 30-can packs of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer and a 12-pack of Coors Light.

Officers also found a bag of “Zig Zag” rolling papers, a plastic bag containing marijuana, a bottle containing 1.3 grams of marijuana and a tool evidently used for grinding marijuana.

No one was charged with marijuana though since no one claimed ownership.

The individuals, including Coker and Martinez, were then arrested and charged with being minors in possession of alcohol. The ages of the unnamed youths arrested ranged between 15 and 17 years old. Their preliminary breath tests read 0.015, .044, .038, .073, .05, .061 and .131.

Martinez read 0.0 and Coker read 0.06

Later, police discovered two other teens that were hiding upstairs and arrested them as well.

All of the individuals were turned over to their parents, except for Coker and Martinez, who were released at the scene.

LAPD Commander Randy Foster hoped the outcome of the incident will register with the community as spring heads into summer.

“Stopping underage drinking has always been one of our top priorities,” Foster said. “The consequences can be so tragic; we always take calls like this very seriously.”