21 protestors charged with loitering in public passageway for blocking traffic in Anaheim

Twenty-one protestors were charged today with loitering in a public passageway for blocking traffic in Anaheim. On Jan. 24, 2019, they were arrested for standing in the intersection of Harbor Boulevard and Katella Avenue and refusing to leave when ordered by the Anaheim Police Department. They are scheduled to be arraigned on April 19, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Department N-8, North Justice Center, Fullerton.

“As the District Attorney, I respect the right to protest, but all of us are required to do it in a lawful manner,” said Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer. “The right to protest is aff orded to everyone; exercising that right does not allow anyone to break the law and bring traffic to a complete standstill.”

The intersection of Harbor Boulevard and Katella Avenue is one of the busiest intersections in the Anaheim Resort District with nearly 40,000 vehicles traveling through the intersection daily.

The following defendants each face one misdemeanor count of unlawful loitering upon public passageway so as to obstruct free passage (Anaheim Municipal Code section 7.28.010), and one misdemeanor count of conspiracy to violate AMC section 7.28.010:

  • Irene Elizabeth Arellano, 29, Anaheim
  • Matthew Ross Bell, 43, Garden Grove
  • Ada Francis Briceno, 46, Stanton
  • Lori Anne Elizabeth Condinus, 54, Hawthorne
  • Abigail Espinosa, 26, Anaheim
  • Jaime Gomez, 29, Costa Mesa
  • Andrew R Hausermann, 31, Long Beach
  • Margarita Hernandez Hernandez, 47, Anaheim
  • Emma Rebekah Jensen, 37, San Clemente
  • Jeffrey Brian Letourneau, 62, Brea
  • Martin Gerardo Lopez, 53, Anaheim
  • Jesus Herera Manjarrez, 66, Anaheim
  • Joseph Savoy Mclaughlin, 55, Irvine
  • Susan Michi Minato, 57, Los Angeles
  • Jose Frank Moreno, 49, Anaheim
  • Caroline Phuong Bich Nguyen, 28, Fullerton
  • Manuel Otilio Ortiz, 59, Garden Grove
  • Maria Guadalupe Ortiz, 58, Garden Grove
  • Kurt Patrick Petersen, 53, Los Angeles
  • Tim Phan, 29, Whittier
  • Ana Maria Rodriguez, 47, Buena Park

Deputy District Attorney Matthew Plunkett of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.

This article was released by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Editor’s note: The individuals in question were protesting for higher wages for hotel workers.