|(Dec. 5, 2017, 1:05 p.m.) -- LBREPORT.com has learned that a consultant to Beach Oil Minerals Partners (the firm that has proposed the Los Cerritos Oil Consolidation/Wetlands Restoration project), who testified at a Nov. 30 Planning Commission hearing in support of the project, had just exited LB City Hall when he was allegedly physically assaulted, possibly by a project opponent.
LBPD Public Information Officer Arantxa Chavarria tells LBREPORT.com that at roughly 9:00 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 300 W. block of Ocean Blvd. for a possible battery call.. where they learned that a male suspect had allegedly assaulted a male victim outside the building [City Hall.] A suspect description was transmitted via LBPD radio; a suspect, identified by LBPD as Travis Swans, 22, of Long Beach, was detained and taken into custody in the area of Pine Ave./Broadway.
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The L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. website indicates the arrestee appears to have spent the night in jail and was released (either posting bail or under some other circumstances) in the 1 p.m. hour the next day (Dec. 1.)
Long Beach City Prosecutor Doug Haubert says his office has filed a criminal case alleging one count of misdemeanor battery by defendant Swans and the case is scheduled for court arraignment (entry of a plea and possible other proceedings) on December 29.
The audio transcript of the Planning Commission hearing indicates that a speaker who gave his name as "Travis" (and when later asked by the Planning Commission chair to give his last name for the record, gave a name different than "Swans") testified in opposition to the project for roughly 35 seconds. (To hear that testimony, click here.)
Further to follow.
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