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Westside youth party was 'like a swarm of bees,' resident says

April 1, 2012 |  2:11 pm

A party on Holmby Avenue in Holmby Hills drew approximately 500 people Saturday night.

Mindy Newman was enjoying a peaceful night at home Saturday in Holmby Hills, reading a biography of the late Apple Computers co-founder Steve Jobs.

Then at 10:30 p.m., the kids began arriving on her street "like a swarm of bees,” Newman said. “They were coming in cars. They were coming in cabs.”

Beverly Hills police had shut down a party nearby and it was now migrating and growing by the minute — news spreading via social media and smartphones — to the Holmby Avenue house next to Newman’s that was apparently unoccupied.

Newman called police. It took 15 minutes for officers to arrive. By then the crowd on Holmby Avenue, two blocks south of Wilshire Boulevard, had swelled to well over 200.

Two female officers showed up and waded into the crowd.

“They were just so brave,” Newman said. “These two women were in the middle and all these kids’ iPhones were like torches and they were waving them and  singing, '... the police,'  '... the police.' I was thinking, 'I don’t think Steve Jobs would like his iPhone to be used in that way.'”

Newman and her daughter called 911 again, asking for officers in riot gear. By now, kids had commandeered the neighboring house. Newman could hear them outside chanting, “Chug! Chug! Chug!”

Soon police in helmets arrived. By then, police estimated, the crowd was close to 500.

Kids began jumping from the second floor of the Newman’s next-door neighbor and running through the Newman backyard.

Order was restored in about an hour, police said, with numerous young people arrested on curfew, trespassing and marijuana-possession charges. One youth was hurt when he tried to pick a fight with another and was knocked to the ground, hitting his head, police said.


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Photo: A party on Holmby Avenue in Holmby Hills drew approximately 500 people Saturday night. Credit: Christina Duerr