Deputies break up 5 ‘super-spreader’ parties in LA County on New Year’s Eve

Deputies arrested dozens of people after shutting down five New Year’s Eve “super-spreader” parties across Los Angeles County, and also confiscated seven handguns, officials said Friday, Jan. 1.

Two of the gatherings happened in Los Angeles, Los Angeles sheriff’s officials said in a news release. The others took place in Hawthorne, Pomona and Malibu. The venues included rented homes, vacant warehouses, hotels and shuttered businesses.

A total of 90 people were cited for violations of the county’s Safer At Home order, officials said. More than 900 people were warned and reminded of the latest precautions to stem the spread of COVID-19.

A large group of partygoers wearing dress shirts, evening gowns, blazers or high heels filed out of a commercial building in footage posted to social media by the Sheriff’s Department. Most wore face coverings as they left the building, although at least one was seen holding a scarf over his face in lieu of a mask.

“I have made it clear that we will seek out and take law enforcement action against all super-spreader events occurring anywhere within Los Angeles County,” Sheriff Alex Villanueva said. “The goal of these enforcement actions is to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and the risk to our vulnerable populations.”

Anyone with knowledge of a potential “super-spreader” event is urged to contact their nearest LASD station.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies confiscated seven handguns after breaking up five parties in LA County on Dec. 31, 2020. The gatherings were held in defiance of a Stay at Home order intended to limit the spread of COVID-19. (Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department)

Five of the seven firearms collected by deputies on New Year’s Eve were taken from the gathering in Hawthorne, officials said. One person taken into custody that evening was suspected of possession of narcotics and a loaded gun.

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