SAN DIEGO (CNS/ CBS 8) - The son of a San Diego police captain is accused of sexual battery and vandalism after a drunken brawl in Pacific Beach.
Misdemeanor charges were pending against 23-year-old Alex Guarderrama. Police say he grabbed two women, punched a third and broke out a car window during an altercation at a Pacific Beach restaurant.
Officers were flagged down about 1 a.m. Tuesday at the restaurant at the corner of Garnet Avenue and Everts Street, where a fight had broken out, according to San Diego police Lt. Andra Brown.
The suspect, who admitted to having consumed alcohol, grabbed a woman's buttocks, another's breasts and punched another in the face, Brown said. He then broke a man's car window, Brown said.
The suspect sustained a severe laceration to his right hand, which required stitches, and was taken to a hospital, Brown said. A jail would not accept a person who was actively bleeding, Brown said.
"If someone is injured, whether it's a suspect or a victim, and whether the injury is caused at the hand of another or by something that they did, the human condition is obviously our first and primary responsibility," Brown said.
Police interviewed the victims and an unbiased witness. The suspect returned to the scene, identified himself and was cooperative with officers, Brown said. He was detained but not arrested, she said.
Brown said the suspect did not receive preferential treatment because his father is a police officer.
"We did exactly what we do for everybody else. This kid could have been a 23-year-old college student whose dad was a plumber and he would have gotten the exact same thing that this kid got," Brown said.
The misdemeanor charges that were pending against the suspect were not committed in the officers' presence, so he could not be arrested. That would have required a citizen's arrest, Brown said.
A "notify warrant" was written, which is a request to the City Attorney's Office to evaluate the situation for possible charges, Brown said.
"We know who he is, we know where he lives, he's not going anywhere and so we've just asked the city attorney evaluate the case for charges," Brown said, adding the suspect would be held accountable.