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Official in Mayor Villaraigosa's gang-reduction office arrested after fight at downtown nightclub [updated]

January 23, 2011 |  8:55 am

A staffer with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's gang-reduction office was arrested early Sunday after authorities said she assaulted a police officer who had responded to a report of a fight at a downtown club.

Blanca Martinez-Navarro, the Rampart program manager for the mayor's gang reduction and youth development office, was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor battery around 1:40 a.m. after police were called to the Conga Room at 800 West Olympic Boulevard within the downtown L.A. Live Complex, according to law enforcement sources familiar with the case.

Martinez-Navarro is being held at the Central Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. [Update, 11 a.m.: Martinez-Navarro's husband, Oscar Navarro, was also booked on the same misdemeanor battery charge.]

The couple were attending a large party at the Conga Room when they allegedly became embroiled in some kind of domestic dispute. When a security guard responded to the club, Martinez-Navarro's husband allegedly began fighting with him, according to law enforcement sources who asked not to be identified because of the ongoing criminal investigation.

LAPD officers were then called to the scene. [Updated, 11 a.m.: When officers confronted Navarro, he struggled with police, and his wife allegedly jumped onto one officer's back, the sources said. ]


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-- Andrew Blankstein