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Unruly fans hurl rocks and bottles at deputies outside West Hollywood club

January 7, 2011 | 10:48 am

Authorities were investigating Friday why an unruly crowd of some 60 punk-rock fans began throwing rocks and bottles at L.A. County sheriff's deputies outside a West Hollywood club after two people were arrested for fighting with bouncers, officials said.

Deputies went to the Key Club in the 9000 block of Sunset Boulevard about 10:30 p.m. Thursday on a report that a fight had broken out between customers and security during a punk-rock show, officials said.

At the club, they arrested Robert James Bezeeley, 20, and Gabriel Jesse Ruiz, 19, for allegedly attacking Key Club security on separate occasions that night, according to authorities.

The "disruptive nature" of the crowd inside the club prompted management to stop the concert, close the venue early and ask patrons to leave, police said. As the crowd dispersed, about 60 people began throwing rocks and bottles at deputies, who responded by spraying Mace at the crowd.

The melee lasted about 30 minutes.

Police cleared Sunset Boulevard and side streets from Doheny to San Vicente drives, but no one involved in the melee was arrested.

"Due to the distance of suspects throwing rocks and bottles at deputies, it was not tactfully safe to send a team to arrest these individuals,” authorities said in the statement.

No deputies were injured.


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Photos: Deputies spray mace to try to control a rowdy crowd. Credit: KTLA