Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Man attacks 9-year-old boy during youth soccer game, police say

Rafael Delfin SequedaA 38-year-old man upset with a referee’s call during a children’s soccer game allegedly stormed onto the field and attacked a 9-year-old player.

Authorities arrested the man on suspicion of battery on a child and battery for also allegedly assaulting the referee during the incident in Riverside County.

Authorities said Rafael Delfin Sequeda of Cathedral City was watching a children’s soccer game in Thousand Palms Community Park at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday when he got upset with the ref’s call and went on a rampage.

Sequeda “ran onto the field, pushed a nine-year-old player to the ground and kicked the referee in the leg,” according to a news release from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

The boy was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, officials said. The referee was not significantly hurt.

The circumstances of the referee's call that allegedly set Sequeda off were unclear. It was not known if his own children were playing in the game.


Flasher on moped exposed himself to Arleta girl, police say

Death called 'suspicious' after man's body is found in Watts alley

Tennis umpire accused of killing husband passes lie detector test

-- Ari Bloomekatz

Photo: Rafael Delfin Sequeda. Credit: Riverside County Sheriff's Department

Comments () | Archives (0)


Recommended on Facebook


In Case You Missed It...


About L.A. Now
L.A. Now is the Los Angeles Times’ breaking news section for Southern California. It is produced by more than 80 reporters and editors in The Times’ Metro section, reporting from the paper’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters as well as bureaus in Costa Mesa, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Riverside, Ventura and West Los Angeles.
Have a story tip for L.A. Now?
Please send to newstips@latimes.com
Can I call someone with news?
Yes. The city desk number is (213) 237-7847.


Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: