‘This will not be tolerated’; Antioch’s mayor is fed up with weekend sideshows

ANTIOCH (CBS SF) – Two suspects were in custody after being tracked to Sacramento County after an illegal weekend show in Antioch erupted in violence with spectators attacking a patrol car.

On Sunday, an irate mayor, Lamar Thorpe, posted a video of the attack on his Facebook page and didn’t mince words.

I’m having a press event today at 11am to discuss this weekend’s sideshows and new measures to help law enforcement with sideshow bystanders. While the City has been able to avoid large-scale sideshows in the past year, the City will continue to use every measure possible to ensure that Antioch residents have peace and quiet in their neighborhoods. Vandalism of public and private property will not be tolerated.

Posted by Mayor Lamar A. Thorpe on Monday, May 16, 2022

“Two arrests were made, multiple citations and fines were issued,” Thorpe posted. “Unfortunately, a patrol car that was being occupied by an officer was damaged by bystanders throwing bottles and other objects at the car. This will not be tolerated.”

“There is an investigation that goes beyond those arrested and those individuals will be held accountable.”

Thorpe was also scheduled to hold a news conference at 11 am to update the investigation.

A city spokesman said police responded to a sideshow around 10 p.m. at Lone Tree Way and Bluerock Drive. A second sideshow followed at East 18th and A streets.

Authorities said two suspects were pursued by the California Highway Patrol and eventually arrested in Sacramento County. They were transported back to Martinez, where they were booked into the county jail on suspicion of reckless evasion of police and assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer.

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