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Two East County cities enact curfews this week

Posted at 5:07 PM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 20:08:31-04

(KGTV) — The cities of La Mesa and Santee have enacted curfews through much of this week over concerns of possible unrest.

La Mesa's curfew begins at 7 p.m. and ends at 5:30 a.m. the following day for each day from Tuesday to Sunday morning.

The City of La Mesa says in a release that, "due to conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property that have arisen within the City of La Mesa as a result of rioting and looting related to a police protest on May 30, 2020, the City of La Mesa Director of Emergency and Disaster proclaimed the existence of a local emergency within the City on May 31st, 2020."

RELATED: 2 people arrested, accused of pointing gun at group gathered in Santee

Santee's curfew was set to start at 7 p.m. until the following day at 6 a.m. each day from Tuesday to Saturday morning.

This curfew applies to the portions of Santee located to the south of Mast Boulevard (including all of Mast Boulevard), east of Carlton Hills Boulevard (including all of Carlton Hills Boulevard), west of Magnolia Avenue (including all of Magnolia Avenue itself) and north of
Boulevard), west of Magnolia Avenue (including all of Magnolia Avenue itself) and north of Highway 52.

Santee leaders said, "for the past four evenings, large gatherings have occurred in the City of Santee, which have created threats to public safety and property and are in violation of current public health orders. Based on credible information, the City believes these large gatherings will continue to occur. The extension of the curfew will help in keeping the community of Santee safe while protecting our residents and local businesses."

Monday night, San Diego Sheriff's Department says that two people were arrested after allegedly pointing a gun at a group of people gathered at the intersection of Cuyamaca Street and Mission Gorge Road.

SDSO said a woman pointed a handgun at the group, before a traffic deputy spotted the reported vehicle and stopped the driver. Witnesses positively identified the woman in a curb-side lineup, and the woman and driver were both arrested after a semi-automatic weapon and two magazines were found in the vehicle, SDSO said.

Poway, which had a curfew Sunday and Monday nights, had no plans for a curfew Tuesday night, Mayor Steve Vaus tweeted Wednesday.

The cities has first enacted curfews after Saturday night saw instances of looting, rioting, and vandalism in La Mesa following demonstrations at La Mesa Police Department against police violence.