Lopez-Cruz was arrested on suspicion of being unlicensed and driving while under the influence. Booking logs indicate he’s also in custody on a hold by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
About 25 people started to gather in front of a nearby business while officers conducted their investigation. Several people heckled officers and incited the crowd, police said. Police suspect some of the people had been drinking.
“There were a lot of vulgarities being yelled at one point,” said Fontana police Sgt. Robert Morris.
According to police, officers asked Christopher Vega, 19, of Fontana to stop interfering with police because he was the main person inciting the crowd. Officers arrested him after giving him several warnings.
His mother, Maria Vega, 42, of Fontana stepped in between the officer and her son, alegedly hitting the officer in the chest while several other people tried to free Christopher Vega.
When police told Maria Vega she was under arrest on suspicion of battery on a police officer, Vega’s husband, Gerardo Gonzalez, 40, pushed the officer’s hand away from his wife, authorities said. Maria Vega ran into a business nearby and hid.
Backup officers arrived, calmed the crowd and arrested Maria Vega and Gonzalez.
Morris said it is unknown why the crowd confronted police during the investigation, but officers sometimes encounter people who interfere in an investigation not related to them. But most of the time it’s one person – not 25.
The two officers at the scene did not suffer injuries.
“It could have resulted in a lot worse of a situation,” Morris said.