Police use pepper spray to break up fight outside Pasadena bar; 3 arrested

PASADENA >> Police pepper-sprayed and arrested three men early Sunday as they fought with a bouncer outside Barney’s Beanery in Pasadena, authorities said.
Gilberto Zaragoza, 44, of Pacoima, Victor Rivera, 38, of Sylmar, and Byron Reyes, 40, whose city of residence was unclear, were booked on suspicion of battery following the 1:23 melee outside the restaurant and bar, 99 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
“The suspects had been escorted out of the bar,” Luna said.
When they reached the sidewalk, Zaragoza began fighting with the 26-year-old bouncer, and the other two suspect joined in, the lieutenant said.
The fight continued when officers arrived, he said. Officers sprayed the suspects with pepper spray to break up the fight and take them into custody, Luna said.
Police said the bouncer suffered bruising to his face but declined to be taken to a hospital. Paramedics treated the suspects for pepper spray exposure before were taken to jail.
Zaragoza, Rivera and Reyes were released from custody later Sunday morning pending their initial court dates after posting $20,000 bail each, records show.

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