Police crash 18th-birthday bash held in vacant office building

Published: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:58 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:58 a.m.

Police responding to a disturbance call early Monday morning found a party in full swing inside a vacant building, complete with a makeshift bar and dance floor, a stereo, and disco lights.

Gainesville Police went to the Oak Park Office Complex at 2002 NW 13th St. at 12:15 a.m., and, after searching all four floors, found more than a dozen people who had taken over the third floor of the empty building for an 18th birthday party, according to a report.

Police believe the group entered through a small window on the south side of the building that had been shattered. The trespassers brought the party equipment as well as several bottles of liquor, beer cans, chips and candy, the report said.

During the course of the evening, the group drank alcohol and kicked and punched walls and doors, causing an estimated $3,000 in damage, the report said. The building’s project manager told officials that the building, which formerly held the Social Security offices, is under renovation, but the kicked-in walls were new damage.

Police arrested John Drake, of 1324 NW 16th Ave., Apt. 27, for whom the birthday party was being held; Juan Mosquera Guzman, 18, of 4440 SW Archer Road, Apt. 3003; Mustapha Elzaatari, 18, of 2123 NW 85th Terrace; and Thomas Swanson, 20, of 2860 NW 138th Terrace.

Police also arrested 10 juveniles, ages 15 to 17, who were found hiding in the building, according to the report.

All four adults were arrested on felony charges of criminal mischief and burglary. The 10 minors were taken to a juvenile assessment center.

Drake, Elzaatari, Swanson and Mosquera Guzman were being held Monday at the Alachua County jail.

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