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Party host is assaulted in the same week by the same juvenile suspect.  Juvenile suspect arrested and in-custody for the assaults.



Hermosa Beach Police Department
Press Release
April 4, 2009                                     
For Immediate Release

Suspect:  Male Juvenile, Name withheld, 17 years old
Victim:     Jeremy Bunch 18 years old 
                Hermosa Beach resident
Charge:   245(a) (1) PC- Assault with a deadly weapon
Bail:         $30,000                                 
On 03-27-2009 at about 11:30PM, HBPD officers responded to a report of a large fight in the area of 00 block of 20th Court in Hermosa Beach.  The fight involved numerous subjects that were attending a house party nearby.  The above victim was the host of the party, with most of the party goers/assailants being juveniles who were allegedly students of nearby Mira Costa High School.  The large fight involved several named suspects assaulting the victim (kicking and punching).  The fight culminated with the juvenile suspect, now in-custody, slashing the above victim's right arm with a knife.  The wounds were minor, and the victim was treated and released at the scene by HBFD Paramedics.  HBPD officers checked the area, but could not locate the suspects.
On 04-03-2009 at about 10:30PM, HBPD officers again responded to a report of a large fight in the area of 00 block of 20th Court in Hermosa Beach.  The circumstances were essentially the same (numerous juveniles assaulting the victim) except this time the juvenile suspect (now in-custody) struck the victim in the face with a shovel.  Witness accounts indicated the juvenile suspect was the same as the suspect from the prior knife slashing incident.  The victim sustained a concussion and was transported to a local hospital by HBFD paramedics.
HBPD officers located the juvenile suspect fleeing the area on foot.  The juvenile suspect was ultimately arrested.   The other suspects in the assault are still outstanding. 
Both incidents are under investigation my HBPD detectives.  The motive for the assaults is unclear at this time. 
The juvenile suspect is being held at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in the city of Downey on $30,000 bail.   
Eyewitnesses to the assault(s) are encouraged to contact HBPD Detective Gaglia or HBPD Detective Lewis at (310) 318-0360
Sergeant Robert Higgins #148
Hermosa Beach Police Department
540 Pier Avenue
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254