Four Costa Mesa teenagers face serious charges after an atempting to shoplift from a Ralphs supermarket escalated quickly to a hostile confrontation with police and an attempt to remove an officer’s handgun.
The Costa Mesa Police Department received a report of “uncooperative, hostile” shoplifting suspects from a Ralphs supermarket on 17th Street Tuesday afternoon. Allegedly, three males and one female attempted to grab beer and run toward the exit. Store security captured one of the teenagers and held him in a secure office. Four accomplices later returned and attempted to break down the door.
The first responding police officer found a male and a female suspect physically fighting with the store’s loss-prevention personnel. While the officer was handcuffing one female assailant, a second female suspect approached the officer from behind and attempted to forcibly remove his handgun from his belt holster, police said.
Luckily, an off-duty female Orange County sheriff’s deputy, who happened to be in the store, assisted the police officer in physically restraining and handcuffing the second female suspect. The situation took a turn when the officer grabbed a nearby uncooperative male suspect. The male suspect then allegedly punched the officer in the face. The officer and a second arriving officer wrestled the suspect to the ground and detained him.
The four suspects were booked for attempting to forcibly steal liquor from the store, police said. Two Costa Mesa girls, ages 15 and 16, and two Costa Mesa boys, ages 14 and 15, were booked on various charges including conspiracy to commit robbery, resisting an officer, assaulting an officer and attempting to take an officer’s firearm. They were held without bail.
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