Man arrested for driving into group of people gathered outside Halloween party, police say

A man drove through a group of people at a Halloween party in Long Beach early Sunday morning, seriously injuring several people before driving off, according to police.

According to police, the attack stemmed from a domestic dispute the driver was having with a woman at the party in the 1300 block of Orange Avenue, which is near Anaheim Street.

Shortly before 2:45 a.m. there was a “domestic violence incident” between the man and the woman, LBPD spokeswoman Allison Gallagher said.

“This escalated when the male adult suspect drove a blue sedan onto the sidewalk, striking multiple people before fleeing the scene,” Gallagher said in an email.

Six people, including the woman and a 16-year-old boy, were rushed to local hospitals, where they were treated and listed in stable condition, Gallagher said.

The driver fled, but detectives were able to locate him later the same day in Compton, Gallagher said.

Officers took Richard Dalton Irigoyen into custody without incident, according to police, but he was transported to a local hospital to be treated for injuries “unrelated to his arrest.”

After being treated, the 27-year-old Long Beach resident was booked into the Long Beach Jail on suspicion of six counts of attempted murder, six counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of felony domestic violence, police said.

His bail was set at $6 million.

Long Beach police encouraged anyone who is the victim of domestic violence or who knows a victim of domestic violence to report it by calling police dispatch at 562-435-6711 or contacting the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.

Editor’s note: This story was updated with information about Irigoyen’s arrest.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.
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