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Brawl at Temecula Winery Results in 5 Arrests, Injured Deputy

Four of five arrested in the alleged assault Saturday at Bel Vino Winery in Temecula Wine Country were family members, a sheriff's official said.

Five people were arrested and a deputy was injured when a brawl broke out Saturday at a Temecula-area winery, authorities said.

Deputies responded at about 2:44 p.m. Saturday to Bel Vino Winery, 33515 Rancho California Road, in Temecula Wine Country when a "large-scale disturbance...involving approximately 100 people," was reported, according to Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Steve Fredericks.

"Due to the potential size of the incident, additional officers from the Temecula Police Department and a Riverside Sheriff's helicopter responded to assist," Fredericks said Monday in a news release.

"Deputies arrived within minutes and immediately observed a large, unruly crowd of winery patrons, some suffering from obvious injuries, gathered in the parking lot and driveway in front of the business," Fredericks said.

It took numerous deputies and officers plus the sheriff's helicopter crew, which landed to assist, to disperse "a large crowd of intoxicated patrons" and provide security while the initial report of assault was investigated, Fredericks said. 

Most of the customers at the winery had arrived in tour buses, the sergeant said, and were allowed to leave in the buses once it was confirmed the drivers were not under the influence of alcohol.

Witnesses pointed deputies to two women—Alexis Montufar, 21, of Lakewood, and her sister, Crystal Montufar, 26, of San Diego—who were allegedly involved in the initial assault disturbance, according to the sergeant.

"When deputies tried to contact the suspects, the two women attempted to escape and were assisted by family members and winery patrons who physically obstructed and then assaulted the deputies," Fredericks said.

The family members and a friend who allegedly obstructed and assaulted the deputies were identified as Carlos Montufar, 45, and Narra Montufar, 42, both of San Diego, and William Andrews, 28, of England, who was at the winery as a guest of the family, Fredericks said.

Narra Montufar was arrested on suspicion of felony battery on a peace officer and public intoxication; William Andrews was arrested on suspicion of obstructing a peace officer and public intoxication; Alexis and Crystal Montufar were both arrested for alleged battery and public intoxication; and Carlos Montufar was arrested on suspicion of obstructing a peace officer and public intoxication, according to Fredericks.

All were booked at Southwest Detention Center near Murrieta. 

One deputy who was moderately injured during the incident was treated at a local hospital and released later that day, Fredericks said.

Anyone with additional information regarding the incident was encouraged to contact Deputy Rhodes at the Southwest Sheriff's Station by calling 951-696-3000.

Vince April 02, 2013 at 01:49 AM
Linda....you go girl, and if perchance you come up with a NEW ONE, I'll let ya know. Fact is, I do have some really spiffy one's whut you probably never heard before---can't share 'em here at this venue it appears though since the CENSOR'S will be all over them like stink on....well, you know.
Vince April 02, 2013 at 01:50 AM
And Brenda...we talkin' REAL love, or are ya maybe jes' a little smitten with Jungle Fever?????
Brenda April 03, 2013 at 01:33 AM
Rofl, you are hilarious Vince. Could be at my age right? 53 is suppose to be my prime? :) Its just nice to see some humor around here huney bear.
Vince April 03, 2013 at 01:46 AM
Brenda....near as I can figger, wimmins ain't worth messin' with 'till they reach thier 6th Decade (50's if you was ta wonderin')----and with any luck at all, they done been through menopause by then and are pert near....NORMAL. And odd thing is, I figgered THAT one out when I was but a young buck in my 20's---'Course that same age "older woman fixation" has now morphed into a "younger woman fixation", thanks to the ticking of the clock---Heck, at 53 you can prolly maybe not only still cut yer own steak, but you can chew it too!! Huh?
Vince April 03, 2013 at 01:51 AM
And Linda....jes so's you don't feel left out. Here are 3 of my all time favorites: Ragoona Boondangie Coconut Roller And ya got's my blessing to use them to your heart's desire.

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