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Officer hurt in party melee
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A Ceres police officer sustained a broken hand as he was responding to a raucous party where revelers with gang ties had just bashed up a neighbor's car.

Officer Brinton Moore was scuffling with an underage suspect early Sunday morning when he was injured, said Deputy Police Chief Mike Borges.

Approximately 12 juveniles were cited after officers showed up at a home in the 3700 block Bing Lane in response to a 2:26 a.m. loud party complaint call.

Borges said a 16-year-old boy decided to host an alcohol party because his mother was out of town. A number of males who had Norteno gang affiliations crashed the party, said Borges. Music grew loud, prompting a female neighbor to ask the partiers to tone it down. Apparently three to five party crashers became enraged by the neighbor's request and came over to destroy her 2003 Mustang parked in her driveway. Borges said the suspects smashed all of the windows on the sports car, broke off its rearview mirrors, and then jumped on the hood. The suspects, described as Hispanic between the ages of 18 and 19, then picked up large river rocks and threw them through the windows of her house.

By the time police arrived the vandals had fled.

Details were sketchy but the underage party may have attracted as many as 100 persons. When police were arriving approximately 30 to 35 vehicles were seen fleeing the area.

Police cited about 10 juveniles for curfew violations and other charges. Two adults were arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest.

The 16-year-old who hosted the party was cited for contributing to the delinquency of minors, as well as intoxication.

The teen told police he had no idea who the party crashers were.