Nine people arrested in series of drunken brawls on Locust Street


Nine people were arrested, two hospitalized and three police officers injured in a series of drunken fights outside Walnut Creek night spots on Locust Street early Sunday morning, according to police.

The first fight was reported just after 1:30 a.m. on the second floor of parking garage at 1360 Locust St., above the Lark Creek restaurant,

according to Lt. Steve Gorski.

One person was taken to a hospital after he was found semi-conscious on the ground and bleeding with a face wound and head injuries.

Police detained two Bay Point residents, Mario and Marcos Bustamante, as they left the area in a vehicle, and arrested both on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Police believe the victim may also have assaulted the suspects, and are now reviewing security camera footage to

determine how the fight started.

A short time later, just before 2 a.m., police were called to a brawl involving as many as 15 people outside Cinco de Mayo restaurant at 1372

Locust St.

Police said four or five people were actively fighting, and others were pushing and shoving each other. Some were bleeding from the face.

After the group failed to obey repeated orders to stop fighting, police used pepper spray to break things up and arrested three people for fighting in public, assault and public drunkenness.

One person was taken to the hospital with facial injuries and others were treated at the scene.

At 2:25 a.m., another fight broke out at Hubcaps diner at 1548 Locust St. Police separated two groups and arrested two people who refused to

leave the area on suspicion of drunkenness and disturbing the peace. Another subject was arrested for allegedly resisting arrest.

Three police officers suffered minor injuries, none of which required hospitalization.

Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to call Walnut Creek police at 943-5844.


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Posted by William
a resident of Danville
on Jan 31, 2012 at 6:32 am

Why is this Danville news? We have low life folk coming into Walnut Creek, Danville and San Ramon all the time making trouble for the local police. Other than stop people on the border and ask for ID I don't see any simple solution other than make police presence so intense that they decide to go somewhere else.

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Posted by rita
a resident of Danville
on Jan 31, 2012 at 7:30 am

As a Danville resident I appreciate hearing about the activities in the local area - San Ramon, Alamo, Walnut Creek. These are the areas wherei spend the majority of my time.

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Posted by LMP
a resident of Danville
on Jan 31, 2012 at 7:33 am

What type of clubs are attracting what type of people in Walnut Creek? It's never been like this. Someone please fill in the blanks.

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Posted by LuMPy
a resident of Danville
on Jan 31, 2012 at 8:33 am

LMP is right! Bars have NEVER attracted the kind of people who get drunk and fight! What's this world coming to? The ID checkpoint is definitely a good idea.

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Posted by Dick P
a resident of Danville
on Jan 31, 2012 at 8:35 am

Hi Danville,

This is what Ive been saying all adong here about the germ-mongering aliens and street urchins who call themslves illegals and "po' fo'ks". This is why I say Mayor CandyAce should declare an emergency ordnance establishing Danville PD-staffed checkpoints at Town borders that deny entry to all minorities and even non-Hispanic whites who don't fall under a tax bracket of 28% or higher. For diplomatic purposes we could grant two-hour passes to the Spaniard types, but limit there movements to their Tacomas and the perimeters of our front yards.

To preserve the idealized and invented nostalgia of the Town I made up and love, MY 41,000-resident Town, this is what Danville needs right NOW. Just a thought.

Thank you

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Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Jan 31, 2012 at 9:04 am

Well.... Dick's sarcasm aside, perhaps the City of Walnut Creek should look at revoking a few business licenses given that these incidents are on the uptick. San Jose has always been too P-C to do that, and the results have been demonstrable on a weekly basis.
We must admit though that our two downtown dives get their share of brawls too. Just watch the police reports here for arrest reports in the 300 block of Hartz - there are some almost every week.

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Posted by CathyK
a resident of Danville
on Jan 31, 2012 at 10:07 am

What times do the bars stop serving alcohol now? Perhaps it needs to be earlier.

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Posted by C. R. Mudgeon
a resident of Danville
on Jan 31, 2012 at 12:07 pm

My wife and I were in that general vicinity on Saturday night, for dinner, and an event at the Lesher Center, and in fact were parked in one of the garages along Locust. But, we were also leaving by around 10:00 PM. Most of the fun seems to happen around 1 or 2AM, at closing time...

I always get a chuckle when reading of arrests that occur "early Sunday morning" (technically true), when it is (practically speaking) "very late Saturday night".

It's a sad commentary on our times, when it is almost a relief that it was merely fighting/brawling, and no one pulled out a knife or gun.

If only these guys could use their pent-up aggression for good, rather than evil....

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Posted by Beck
a resident of Blackhawk
on Jan 31, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Stuff happens ... everyone relax. No one died.

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Posted by Rick Pshaw
a resident of Danville
on Feb 2, 2012 at 9:44 am

It's only a matter of time before this activity starts leaking into other time periods. Pretty soon WC won't be a safe place to visit much less shop at.

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