Stanley Cup Final: Four arrested during L.A. Kings loss
Four people were arrested during the Los Angeles Kings' Game 4 loss in the Stanley Cup Final, Los Angeles police said Thursday morning.
Two of the arrests were made for battery, one for shoplifting and one for public intoxication, LAPD Officer Wendy Reyes said.
Police officials said fans were generally well-behaved during the team's 3-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils and as crowds spilled onto streets surrounding Staples Center and L.A. Live after the game.
LAPD stepped up security in anticipation of Wednesday's game, officials said, taking steps to prevent unruly crowds from engaging in the type of violence that has marred previous Lakers championship games.
Police asked L.A. Live officials not to show the game on the large outdoor screens in the plaza, and officers and fire inspectors enforced occupancy codes in crowded bars and restaurants in the area.
"In the past, the big screens and the crowds that gather outside have been problematic. We've had fights, we've had drinking," LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith told The Times.
Officers on horseback were on hand to supervise the crowd.
Investigators were looking into complaints of ticket scalping outside of the complex. Police reported that several fans bought phony tickets from a scalper outside Staples Center.
One fan who drove to L.A. Live from San Diego told police he paid $700 for a phony ticket. Another reported buying three tickets for $1,400, according to authorities.
"It's just buyer beware out there," Smith told The Times. "You're crazy if you buy a ticket from someone you don't know."
The Stanley Cup Final continues Saturday in New Jersey. If the Kings lose, the series would return to Los Angeles for Game 6 next week.
— Kate Mather, Andrew Blankstein and Melissa Leu
Photo: Los Angeles police officers arrest a man Wednesday for allegedly stealing hats out of a store at L.A. Live during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times