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Bottle Hurling Suspect Arrested in Lemon Grove

Jovan Rivera of San Diego was arrested in Lemon Grove Wednesday in connection with the assault, which was recorded by a video surveillance camera, according to police.

A 25-year-old suspected gang member was picked up in Lemon Grove Wednesday for allegedly hurling a bottle at a fellow bus passenger, gashing his face, as they rode through Chula Vista last summer.

Jovan Rivera of San Diego was arrested following the release of surveillance photos which showed a suspect throwing a bottle at another bus passenger.

About 11:50 p.m. Aug. 27, Rivera confronted the victim on a Metropolitan Transit System bus and issued a gang-oriented challenge, to which the other man replied that he did not want any trouble.

"The (aggressor), who appeared to be intoxicated, sat down, but continued to cause a disturbance,'' Capt. Gary Wedge said.

As the bus came to a stop at Third Avenue and Naples Street, Rivera allegedly accosted the man again, then threw a glass bottle at his face, causing a cut that required several stitches to close.

Last week, a day after local news outlets carried stories about the attack, a tipster called the police and identified Rivera as the alleged attacker, Wedge said.

Rivera was booked into county jail on suspicion of assault and participating in a street gang. He was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, pending arraignment scheduled for Friday afternoon.

James Davis December 06, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Another bust from someone outside of the area getting busted in the Grove. Our Sheriff's Dept is top notch.

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