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    LAX police officer arrested after allegedly touching woman, brandishing gun at Long Beach bar
    • June 29, 2023

    A police officer for the Los Angeles International Airport was arrested on Sunday, June 25 in Long Beach after authorities said he repeatedly touched a woman’s arm at a restaurant before brandishing a gun at her, then fired the gun at the ground in a nearby neighborhood.

    Police said Roberto Mosquera, 47, began touching the woman’s arm while they were sitting next to each other at a restaurant in the 6300 block of East Pacific Coast Highway just before 1 a.m.

    “When the victim expressed that she did not want to be touched, the suspect displayed a firearm and then put it back into his waistband,” Long Beach police said in a statement. “The suspect left the scene.”

    Less than 20 minutes later, police were called to the 7100 block of Marina Pacifica Drive, a private street in an apartment complex overlooking Alamitos Bay just a few hundred feet from the restaurant, after someone reported hearing gunshots.

    When officers got there, they found Mosquera, who was armed with a gun, as well as strike marks from bullets on the ground and several casings.

    Police said Mosquera matched the details a witness at the restaurant gave of the man who brandished the gun at the woman, and they arrested him. He posted $25,000 bail later that day and was released, according to sheriff’s booking records.

    A Long Beach police spokeswoman confirmed Mosquera is an officer for the Los Angeles Airport Police Division, which patrols LAX. The Airport Police did not return a request for comment on Mosquera’s arrest.

    Long Beach police said they had forwarded the case to the Long Beach City Prosecutor’s Office.

    Mosquera has not been charged yet. Long Beach City Prosecutor Douglas Haubert said his office had received the case Wednesday, and that it was under review.

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    ​ Orange County Register