Several members of the Temecula Police Department said they were forced to arrest and detain several winery patrons last weekend after an argument between two women got out of hand. Officers said they initially responded to a call about what was described as being a “large disturbance”. The call is reported to have been placed just before 3pm last Saturday and originated from the Bel Vino Winery.
Responding officers said defendant Alexis Montufar and her sister, Crystal Montufar, were the initial two women involved in the disturbance. The sisters attempted to flee when officers arrived. Other patrons reportedly stepped in the way of police in hopes of allowing the women time to escape. Other winery guests are said to have physically assaulted officers.
The Riverside Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to assist. Deputies said a helicopter was also sent to Bel Vino. These efforts, they said, were needed to break up the large group of intoxicated patrons. Most of those involved in the incident were permitted to leave after safe transportation was verified. Many of the guests had arrived on tour busses or limos.
Crystal and Alexis Montufar were arrested and charged with public intoxication and battery. Narra Montufar was arrested and charged with battery on a police officer and public intoxication. Carlos Montufar was arrested for public intoxication and obstructing a police officer. William Andrews was arrested for obstructing a police officer and pubic intoxication. All the defendants were transported to the Southwest Detention Center in order to be booked into the system.
Bail information was not immediately available and it is unclear whether the defendants needed to post bond or if they were released on their own recognizance. They will all need to return to court on a future date and time in order to have their cases resolved.