Montecito Heights area cockfighting ring shut down

Police have broken up a cockfighting ring that bused in spectators to a property on the border of El Sereno and Montecito Heights to watch  the bloodsport in a  fighting ring  camouflaged with shrubbery and tarps.   The City Attorney’s office announced earlier this month  that it planned to charge about 20 people, including property owner Miguel Escalante, with illegal cockfighting, according to a department press release.   Nineteen people, many of them spectators, were arrested and 36 roosters confiscated in late January when LAPD officers and the Department’s Animal Cruelty Task Force responded to a call of illegal cock fighting in the 4100 block of Rolle Street.

The operators of the Rolle Street cockfighting ring took various steps to conceal the activity from officials and neighbors, with small groups of spectators bussed into the area by van “to avoid alerting people in the community and law enforcement of the illegal activity,” according to the LAPD, which released information about the case on its website on Tuesday.

In addition to confiscating the birds and $5,000 in cash, authorities also recovered “slashers” during its investigation of the Rolle Street cockfighting ring. The LAPD, in a press release, explains the purpose of slashers:

Slashers, also referred as gaffs, are artificial spurs that are sharpened and are used in place of the bird’s natural spurs.  The purpose of the slashers is for the gamecocks to inflict as much damage as possible to each other during the cockfight.

If convicted, Escalante faces up to three years in jail, and $25,000 in fines, according to the City Attorney.  The spectators could face up to six months in jail and $5,000 in fines.


  1. This appears to be in “Happy” Valley? Despite the 90031 zip, I’d consider this area more El Sereno than Mont. Hghts.

  2. Disgusting. Throw the book at all of them.

  3. fantastic work!

  4. Good riddance. No one is perfect but damn, some people are despicable the way they treat animals.

  5. Complete scumbag trash. Throw em all in jail and let the real cockfighting begin.

  6. hb Throw the book at them…unless they are in this country illegally. Lets not throw that book, but any other book.

  7. This is not in Montecito Heights. This is squarely in Happy Valley.

    If the Eastsider can’t get neighborhood boarders correct, who can?

  8. TED the driving instructor

    What does it take to remind these peasents what side of the border they’re one?

    • What does it take to remind peckerwoods like yourself that you will always be too stupid and ignorant to judge others? Besides, cock-fighting (along with dogfighting) is popular in “peasant” country” on this side of the border in places like Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma, where it is a billion dollar-a-year industry. “They’re a cross-section of America,” said Charles Berry, the director of the American Animal Husbandry Coalition. “You know, we’re God-fearing people who pay our taxes.” It’s been illegal in the 47 other states for years because of the cruelty involved, which the industry disputes: “It’s brutal, but it’s not cruel,” insists Berry. Learn to stay in your lane, shit-for-brains.

      • Ted The Driving Instructor

        Stupid? I’m not the one getting arrested. I have a six figure salary that allows me to avoid these scum at all costs!!!

        I’ll stay in my lane dick-brain while you wait for the bus with these scum bags!

      • (lol) You object to being called “stupid” (the most obvious) but not peckerwood (just a hunch) and confirm both. Btw, I dont know how your puny six-figure salary is gonna save you from mingling with those profiting from a billion-dollar a year industry(?). In fact, THIS incident occurred in your own community fellow “eastsider”. You really are stupid.

        • TED the driving instructor

          Nothing you say makes sense, typing from the asylum in the early hours eh or no employment to go to in the morning?
          Keep up with the nonsensical comments, I enjoy coercing dick-for-brains into entertaining me for free.

          • So does my SEVEN figure salary make me a better/smarter person than YOU? Anyone who pulls salary rank is a horrible douche.

            Also, I had no idea that being a driving instructor paid so well, or is that just your weekend hobby, fancy pants?

  9. The lord-high-and-mighty “hillside” dwellers who are SO ABOVE us — the poor. dumb brown people of the flatlands — in so many ways, are always the very FIRST to check the map when news erupts and quickly post, saying “WRONG — this is NOT in Monty Heights”– even if the activity is within spitting distance of their heavily mortgaged property lines. Nothing “native” and “real” could ever happen near their part of the etheral clouds that start or end with the words “Mount” or “Heights” or “Hills” . . . Oh MY … non-descript, supreme-being FORBID!

    Plus their “sh*t” don’t stink when it hits the downhill sewer lines (because so many of them are sickly-looking VEGANS). Get real, peeps .. if you drive anywhere near it on your way to the freeway to get to your “professional” job elswehere in the City — it’s still IN your neighborhood. Don’t keep your eyes so closed to reality as you get to lower elevations that you run into the back of my by brothers’ late model lowriders (that they just repainted) stuck in gridlock on Figueroa or Huntington. You ARE living on the REAL L.A. eastside. QUICK, sell that McMansion now, Gringo, and you just might have enough in equity to buy a tiny 1-bedroom condo in Palms or Mar Vista, and PRETEND you’re “Beverly Hills” adjacent, before you croak.

    • You don’t get out much, do you? This happened in Happy Valley.

      • It doesnt matter where it happened, other thant that it happened somwhere within the community that eastsider LA consider’s their constituency. “This is not my neighborhood” comments are simply xenophobic.

        I bet you yell at the local kids to “get off my lawn” as well.

  10. Good job LAPD.

    You’ve gotta be a real sicko to get your jollies from watching animals kill each other in a forced, unnatural setting.

  11. FWIW, we had this going on in Echo Park a while back – maybe 15 years ago? Next door to me. Roosters started crowing at 3am. Once I figured out why my neighbor had so many of them and what he was doing with them … called animal control and they were gone the next day.

  12. I can’t believe I just saw this story. In January, my boyfriend and I found “homeless” roosters/chickens and took them in. We thought it was the strangest thing in the world…anyways, we ended up finding them a home and they live on a farm in Corona very happily now.

    I can’t help but wonder if these guys were victims of the cock fighting ring and in an attempt to hide evidence, they just let the birds loose on the mean streets?

  13. Why does it matter to white people where the location is at? These so called hipsters are just plain white trash who can’t afford to live anywhere else. They have been priced out and are maxed out in the entire city of Los Angeles.

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