Party turns nightmare when mother, son arrested

WAILUA — Kapa’a resident Ryan Lindstedt looked forward to celebrating his 21st

birthday with a handful of friends Jan. 22 with a bonfire on a beach by the

Wailua Golf Course.

The party turned into a nightmare.

It swelled to a

crowd police estimated between 400 to 500 young adults and some minors.

A

band performed and partygoers drank.

“It totally got out of hand,”

Lindstedt said. “It was crazy.”

While trying to break up the crowd with

other Kaua’i police officers, Sgt. Regina Ventura and officer Michael Contrades

were injured when bottles were thrown at them. They were treated for facial and

leg injuries and released.

Lindstedt, his mother, Michelle, 41, Timothy

Albao, 24, Stanford Aban, 26, and Timothy Baliaris, 21, all from Kapa’a, were

arrested at the beach during the early morning hours of Jan. 23 and charged

with disorderly conduct and failure to disperse.

It hasn’t been determined

whether any of those arrested threw the bottles, investigators said.

But

the police are apparently looking for two others whom they believe may be the

perpetrators.

On Feb. 29, the Lindstedts and at least one other person

pleaded not guilty to the charges during their arraignment in Lihu’e District

Court. The disposition of the other two cases wasn’t known.

On March 14,

Michelle Lindstedt and her son will stand trial on the charges.

Kaua’i

Deputy Prosecutor Attorney Derrick Chan said the matter is still being

investigated and declined further comment.

Michelle Lindstedt said she

arrived at the beach after the officers were injured and was arrested after she

told other officers she would not leave the beach until she found her

son.

Her son held the party at the beach because it had special meaning to

him, she said.

He and some of those arrested had fished and done

throw-netting along Wailua Beach for many years.

Ryan Lindstedt, his

mother said, thought the beach would be a fitting place to celebrate his 21st

birthday.

The party started at 11 a.m. with only a small group.

As

the evening wore on, more and more people showed up at the party, near the 17th

and 18th holes of the golf course.

“Ryan didn’t invite them. They had found

out by word of mouth,” Ryan’s mother said.

The crowd apparently became

boisterous after a band started performing and liquor was consumed.

A

handful of officers were deployed to the area to break up the crowd.

During that time, bottles were thrown at Ventura and Contrades, who

suffered injuries to the face and legs.

Michelle Lindstedt said she arrived

at the beach between 2:30 and 3 a.m. to pick up her son and noted that the

officers appeared agitated.

“The officers had been hit during the party,”

she said. “They were upset, and certainly they had a reason to be.”

The

crowd eventually dispersed at the urging of officers, she said, but officers

gave conflicting orders to the 15 or so remaining partygoers at the beach,

Lindstedt said.

Some officers said the partygoers weren’t going to leave

the scene until they had cleaned up beer cans and liquor bottles strewn along

beach area where the party took place, she said.

“They were told that if

they left, they would be cited for littering,” she said.

Other officers

told them that they had to leave immediately, although they were waiting for

trucks to take away the musical instruments and were helping to clear the beach

of debris, she said.

Lindstedt said she was arrested when she told officers

she would leave only if she left with her son.

“I told them they were

going to have to arrest me because I wasn’t going to leave my son,” Lindstedt

said.

Her son, she said, asked the officers not to arrest her.

“He

told them that it was his 21st birthday and asked ‘please don’t arrest my

mother,'” Lindstedt said. “That was when they put the handcuffs on

him.”

The others were subsequently arrested.

“We are not guilty of

throwing beer bottles, not guilty of inciting a party,” Lindstedt said.

“My son was just celebrating his birthday with a few people. It was others

who crashed the party.”

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