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Equestrians, occupants of SUV get into brawl in L.A. suburb

January 2, 2010 |  9:00 am

Authorities today are searching for several suspects involved in a brawl and a hit-and-run accident that left two equestrians hospitalized and a third with minor injuries in the unincorporated area of Avocado Heights, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

At about 6:30 p.m., two men were riding their horses in the 14000 block of Lomitas Avenue, near 4th Avenue, when they became involved in an argument with five male suspects, who were inside a red SUV, said Sgt. Mark Lopez of the Sheriff’s Industry station. Authorities did not know what the argument was about. [Update: A previous version of this post stated that the incident occurred in the 1400 block of Lomitas Avenue and misnamed 4th Avenue as 4th Street.]

The two men, whose names were not released, got off their horses and were involved in a fight with the suspects. During the fight, one of the suspects pulled out a metal club and began attacking one of the equestrians with it, Lopez said.

The five suspects got back into their SUV. A passerby stopped and told them that police officers were on the way, he said.

At that point, “they see a woman on a horse approaching them and they drive into her,” Lopez said, adding that he did not know whether they were intending to hit the woman.

The unidentified female victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment.  Her horse suffered a gash on its chest, Lopez said.  

The man who was struck with the metal club also was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The condition of the two equestrians is not known.  The third victim was treated at the scene for cuts and bruises, Lopez said.

Further descriptions of the suspects or the vehicle were not known. Anyone with information about the incident can call the Sheriff’s Industry Station at (626) 330-3322.

-- Ruben Vives