Throwing a house party while parents are away may seem like a teenage rite of passage, but a Roseville father had words of caution for parents and their children after his son was beaten by party crashers early Saturday morning.
Doug Hammond said his 18-year-old son suffered facial injuries, including a broken nose and a swollen lip, when he was attacked by uninvited guests who invaded a gathering at the family home while Hammond and his wife were out of town.
Roseville police responded about 1:30 a.m. Saturday to a report of a robbery at a house party. A day later, they arrested Brent Leo Alan Mason, 19, of Roseville in connection with the incident.
Mason was taken into custody at a Rocklin apartment complex and booked into the Placer County Jail on suspicion of robbery, conspiracy, brandishing a firearm and violation of probation. He is being held in lieu of $75,000 bail. Police are seeking other suspects.
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Hammond said he and his wife had gone to a cabin at Donner Lake for the weekend and planned to celebrate his birthday hiking trails in the area. He woke up about 6:30 a.m. Saturday and found he had voice mail messages from Sutter Roseville Medical Center, saying that his son was in the emergency room.
Hammond said he also subscribes to a mobile app for news of his Quail Glen neighborhood and saw reports of a robbery in the 1800 block of Avenida Martina. Although he has lived in the neighborhood for 15 years and knows his neighbors, Hammond said he realized he couldn’t call them because he didn’t have their phone numbers. He said neighbors later told him that they had not been aware of the party or any disturbance until police arrived.
A relative picked up his son from the hospital and took him home just before Hammond and his wife arrived.
His son, a student at Sierra Community College, had invited about 10 friends to the house for a back-to-school celebration.
“It was just like a half-dozen other parties he’s had,” Hammond said. “The only difference was, we weren’t home and they decided to kick it up a notch and drink (alcohol).”
Hammond said he and his wife are opposed to underage drinking and had warned their son against it. “No good is going to come of it,” he said, citing the Saturday morning episode.
Hammond said his son was outside when a friend told him a group of people had arrived and were rifling through things in an upstairs bedroom. He said his son confronted the intruders, all strangers, and told them they had to leave. He said one member of the group reportedly lifted his shirt, revealing a gun, and told his son, “You’re going to get blasted.”
Hammond said his son was knocked unconscious and badly beaten.
Police said the intruders robbed some of the guests of cellphones and other personal property. The group then left in a dark-colored, lowered sedan.
Police said one person at the residence was taken to jail for public intoxication after becoming uncooperative with officers.
Hammond said police officers kicked in his front door to enter the house. He said a couple of the partygoers tried to hide in his office and broke his desk, and some boards in his fence were damaged by guests attempting to flee.
The incident, he said, stresses the importance of maintaining control of parties and who attends.
Although police have identified Mason as the primary suspect, Hammond said he was told at least seven people are believed to have been involved.
Police ask anyone with information pertaining to the case to email Detective Darren Marks at dmarks@Roseville.ca.us.