Several People Were Intoxicated
HOLLISTER—Hollister Police arrested two males after they assaulted an officer during a large private party going on at the Elks Lodge, located on the 300 Block of Astro Drive, adjacent to the Hollister Municipal Airport. Police arrested 52-year-old Ronald Scott Martin and 47-year-old Alexander James Naccarato, both from Hollister. They are still looking for three other individuals who ran from officers that night.
On Friday night, September 11 at about 11:30 pm, Hollister Police were called to the Elks Lodge on the 300 Block of Astro Drive to help break up a large fight that had been going on between several men at a private party. When police arrived, a security officer told them that several men were fighting throughout the night and were heavily intoxicated.
The Police had the assistance of San Benito County Sheriff’s deputies, whose office is just a block away, and California Highway Patrol officers. After they arrived, they had security officers turn off the music and turn on the lights to signal that the party was over.
As security personnel asked everyone to leave the building, an intoxicated man approached a Hollister Police Officer and struck him. As the officer pushed the man away, another man grabbed the officer by the neck. As other officers attempted to arrest that man, a large group swarmed them, and began kicking, punching, and jumping on the officers.
Other officers and deputies were also attacked as they tried to assist their fellow officers. At one point, a Hollister police officer was being punched while another man jumped on his back and tried to get him into a headlock. Several other partiers assisted in pulling away the suspects from the officers, but then helped them escape custody.
Several other fights broke out in the parking lot, while some of the people began throwing rocks at the officers. Police were able to arrest Martin and Naccarato, and a warrant has been issued for a man who was identified as initially striking the first officer.
The two other wanted men were described as heavy set Hispanic or white males. Police are hoping that some of the people who were there may help identify those suspects. Anyone with information has been encouraged to call Sergeant Ray Celano at 831-636-4330. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can call the WeTip Hotline at 800-87-CRIME. Information provided to WeTip may qualify for a reward.