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Kings Fans Fail to Riot, Only Four Arrests During Finals Game

Isn't hockey is supposed to be a violent sport?

There was no riot following the LA Kings game last night, nor was there any real violence. Things remained tame in the area, much to the relief of the LAPD. In fact, according to the Huffington Post, there were only four arrests in the area around Staples Center before and after the game.

  • Kevin Alterau, 26, of Irvine was arrested for public drunkenness;
  • Eric Valdivia, 31, of Lincoln Heights was arrested for shoplifting after he tried to steal two hats from the ESPN store. There were two LAPD vice officers standing nearby;
  • Ronald Josett, 34, of Santa Clarita, faced battery charges for striking a bouncer at Yard House;
  • Daniel Rodriguez, 38, of Covina was also arrested for battery. He was eating off of random people's plates, going table to table, until he eventually struck a security guard that got between him and the food.

That's it? For a hockey game? Don't L.A. fans like to riot?

Well, that isn't quite all of the crime that occurred. A fake scalper was on the loose, defrauding one man of $1,400 and another of $700. No arrests were made, and statements made to the Los Angeles Times indicated that the cops really didn't give a damn.

"It's just buyer beware out there," LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith told The Times. "You're crazy if you buy a ticket from someone you don't know."

The California Penal Code does not prohibit scalping per se, rather it prohibits scalping at the event itself. If you are caught, the charge is a misdemeanor.

Fraud, on the other hand, is a much more serious offense.

In addition to the five crimes listed above, Charlie Sheen had a meltdown verbal disagreement with a security guard. Despite some choice language, no charges seem likely to result from that incident.

So, all in all, it was a relatively peaceful sporting event, free from burning taxis and free from random celebratory shootings.

Go Kings!

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