Shots Fired Investigation Leads to Multiple Arrests

Published by The Bee News

November 29, 2022

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On November 27, 2022, at approximately 1:15 a.m., Lake Havasu City Police Officers were dispatched to the 2000 block of Swanson Avenue for a report of a single gunshot fired inside an establishment. Upon the officer’s arrival, it was determined that a group of individuals had caused a disturbance inside the establishment. One of the individuals proclaimed that an Outlaw Motorcycle Gang was present and became unruly, at which time they were asked to leave by management.

These same individuals refused to comply and instigated a physical altercation with the establishment owner.  During the altercation, the owner was knocked to the ground and momentarily lost consciousness. Once the owner regained consciousness, he retrieved a handgun and fired a single shot into the ceiling of the establishment in an effort to stop the altercation that was ensuing inside.

This action led the suspects to leave the establishment and they were contacted in the area a short time later. During the investigation, two of the suspects were identified as having affiliation with an Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.

The actions of the establishment owner were deemed to be justified and reasonable under the circumstances, and no charges have been filed.

As a result of the incident, 50-year-old Lake Havasu City resident Ruben Lucero and 38-year-old Corona, California resident Michael A. Varela Jr. were arrested for Assault and Disorderly Conduct

33-year-old Anthony M. Varela and 35-year-old Mychael A. Rosten, both Lake Havasu City residents, were arrested for Disorderly Conduct.

Ruben Lucero and Michael Varela Jr. both pled guilty and were released on a $1,000.00 secured bond awaiting sentencing. Anthony Varela and Mychael Rosten both pled guilty and were sentenced to a 1-day jail sentence and ordered to pay a fine.

Public Information Officer:  Detective Chris Angus (928) 855-1171

 

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