Five Minors Arrested In Memorial Day ‘Barbaric Assault On Off-Duty Marines’

  • Five minors were arrested Tuesday in connection with a Memorial Day weekend melee near the San Clemente Pier over Memorial Day weekend in which a group of 30 teens and young adults attacked three off-duty Marines, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
  • The five juveniles — four boys and one girl —were arrested on suspicion of felony assault.
  • The Marines were kicked and punched by the group late Friday, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
  • one of the Marines told a local TV station the melee started after he asked the other group to stop lighting fireworks at the beach because firework debris had hit him in the face.
  • “The barbaric assault on off-duty Marines at the San Clemente Pier goes against everything we stand for in San Clemente, and it’s no excuse that teenagers were involved,” Mayor Chris Duncan said.
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