Sun. Dec 10th, 2023

Six people were arrested after a large fight broke out in Santa Ana early Sunday morning as bars were closing, with more than 200 people spilling into the streets, according to KTLA.

Six people were arrested, one of them after striking a police horse named Chex, who was punched or slapped but was unfazed. The horse continued to do his job, according to the O.C. Register.

Wilma the SAPD Police Horse

Another SAPD police horse named Willa was also assaulted, according to KTLA.

This latest DTSA embarrassment began at around 2 a.m. when a large fight broke out and then quickly grew.

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The SAPD’s mounted police unit, which often patrols DTSA, called for backup when they came across the scrum.

Even when additional police showed up, the crowd did not immediately disperse.

The SAPD does not know what started the fight or the ensuing near-riot. Somehow no injuries were reported.

Five suspects were arrested on charges of public drunkenness, resisting arrest and committing an unlawful act against a police animal. None of the suspects were identified by the SAPD.

While the SAPD referred to the incident as a fluke, as such large fights have not been common in DTSA, the reality is that this is just the latest in a long series of awful crimes that have happened since DTSA was gentrified.

The gentrifiers cleared the Mexican bars out of Downtown Santa Ana and replaced them with hipster bars. But DTSA has still been a train wreck over the past few years with multiple horrible murders, including a young Vietnamese American woman who was literally stomped to death by two local Latinas, a Korean man from Irvine who was robbed and shot in a DTSA parking structure and a woman who was raped in a bar’s stairwell.

Compare this mess to what happened in Downtown Brea when it was redeveloped – that area has family establishments including not one but two first-run movie theaters and a great variety of family restaurants. What you won’t find in Downtown Brea is a ton of bars.

Is DTSA better off now? Is it?

By Editor

The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

8 thoughts on “Two SAPD police horses were assaulted when a huge fight broke out in DTSA early this morning”
  1. Sounds like you prefer to party in Brea anyways. You need to do more research on the violent events you mentioned because you are not accurate at all. The women that got “ stomped to death “ wasn’t as innocent as you made her seem there pal. Anyways you ain’t even a real reporter though. Just parroting whatever you here people around you say. You a blogger like me.

  2. You can’t blame this on gentrification.

    Also, the girl who died was innocent, but she didn’t get stomped to death.

  3. With what is being said either you don’t live here or you believe what others say. I respect the dead so i will leave it at that. As far as blame, you the only one who mentioned that so why delflect your lousy wannabe reporter skills by accusing me of blaming victims ? Like I said Respect the dead and I will not continue talking about it. Plenty of Mexicans have been hurt there before and some have been also fatally beaten. Why is that not mentioned ? Why only mention those incidents ? Oh that’s right , mainstream media covered that and gave you all the information you think it’s true to talk about.

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