Man Beaten for Asking Teen Not to Speed : Crime: Costa Mesa police say the driver, urged to slow for kids at play, returned with friends for the attack. Five were arrested.


A man who politely asked a 17-year-old not to speed down an alley where children play was beaten by the teen and his friends, who were arrested, police said Monday.

Felix Aguilar-Hernandez, 27, saw a 17-year-old driver speeding down an alley in the 1900 block of Wallace Avenue about 4 p.m. Sunday and approached the teen-ager to "politely" ask him to drive more carefully, Police Sgt. George Yezbick said.

"The 17-year-old told him 'I'll be back,' and then came back with five others," Yezbick said. "They beat the man using their fists and sticks, and slammed his face to the ground several times, causing extensive lacerations to the face and head and possibly a broken nose."

Neighbors who saw the man being assaulted called 911, and the group dispersed when police officers arrived. Five teen-age suspects were arrested within half an hour, Yezbick said.

Police found the driver more than an hour later under a car in a nearby garage and ordered him to surrender, Yezbick said.

"He didn't, so they sent a dog in," Yezbick said. "The dog bit him on the arm."

That teen was treated at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach and arrested. Others taken into custody were: Albert Calderon, 19, Jose Adolfo Avendando, 18, and three juveniles ages 15, 17 and 17. All were known gang members from Costa Mesa and booked on suspicion of conspiracy to assault with a deadly weapon, Yezbick said.

Aguilar-Hernandez was treated by paramedics at the scene and got further medical help on his own, Yezbick said.

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