Richard Christopher Cordova, an 18-year-old Pleasanton resident, is in Santa Rita Jail after being arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and felony vandalism, police announced today. The district attorney also pressed felony vandalism charges against 18-year-old Michael Daniel Page, from Menifee, in Riverside County.
The charges stem from a beating that occurred at a July 2 party that was advertised on the social networking Web site MySpace. According to police, approximately 70 to 80 juveniles and young adults showed up at a residence in the 1600 block of Whispering Oaks Way, bringing alcohol with them. The boyfriend of a female resident of the home asked the uninvited guests to leave and a brawl ensued.
Within 24 hours of the incident, police arrested a 17-year-old male, also from Menifee, and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon and felony vandalism. His name has not been released because he is a minor.
During the investigation, police interviewed approximately 50 witnesses to prepare the case for the county district attorney. Warrants were issued for Cordova and Page Tuesday, but as of this report it is unclear if Page was arrested and police declined to comment further.
The victim, a 17-year-old Foothill High School senior, was attacked with a baseball bat and wooden chair, in addition to being hit and kicked. While he did receive emergency care for life threatening injuries at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, the victim's condition improved and he went home last week.