Wild Party of the Super Wealthy? 6 Arrests, Stabbing in Rancho Santa Fe

Deputies arrest a victim at a hospital; one suspect slipped away from home where 200 gathered.

Updated at 12:10 p.m. Nov. 25, 2012

ENCINITAS, CA—Rancho Santa Fe has a small population—a little over 3,000. But it has big mansions and outsized incomes—nearly $200,000 per capita. That makes it one of the wealthiest communities in the country.

The ritzy North County enclave also is notable for once being home to Bing Crosby and Mary Pickford. 

It has boasted* residents such as diet guru Jenny Craig, investor T. Boone Pickens and golfer Phil Mickelson.

But wild parties?  That may be new to The Ranch.

One person was stabbed, another hit with a sheriff's stun gun, and six people were arrested at a raucous house party in Rancho Santa Fe early Saturday.

Deputies said the stabbing suspect got away in the confusion as they arrived just after midnight to a report of a stabbing at a home in the 17400 block of Los Morros, near the intersection of La Bajada, a crossroads just southeast of Encinitas.

San Diego sheriff's Sgt. Joe Passalacqua said arriving deputies found 200 people and evidence of a bloody crime, although the stabbing suspect and victim had fled.

“As deputies attempted to investigate, a fight broke out between individuals in the crowd and a Taser was used to arrest one person, while four others were arrested for disorderly conduct or resisting officers,” Passalcqua said.

Deputies also discovered several intoxicated minors on the property at 17434 Los Morros, which online records say is a 4,064-square-foot, 4-bedroom, 6-bath home built in 1988 and had an estimated value of $2 million.

A man with stab wounds to his arm was later discovered by deputies at a local hospital. Passalacqua said the unidentified stabbing victim was pepper sprayed and arrested after he became aggressive with deputies.

After being treated and released by medical staff, the stabbing victim was arrested by deputies.

The suspect in the stabbing remains at-large.

The homeowner was arrested, cited and released by deputies for violating the county’s Social Host Ordinance, which penalizes adults for providing alcohol to minors.

The investigation of the incident continued, deputies said.

—City News Service contributed to this report.

*Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the names of some celebrities as current residents of Rancho Santa Fe.

Surfing Siren November 26, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Hope you don't "reject" and "delete" too many comments Mr. Woolfolk that the survivors aren't too boring for debate and responses.
Full Name November 26, 2012 at 03:52 PM
See that asterisk that you reprinted in your post? "It has boasted*..." (<-- see it?!) That asterisk is used to call out a footnote. So, if you look to the bottom of the article, you'll see another asterisk which says: "*Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the names of some celebrities as current residents of Rancho Santa Fe." In other words, the original article claimed those "celebrities" were current residents of RSF. Since they are NOT, as Jacky described, the editors corrected the mistake and added an asterisk to call out the mistake in the footnote. Not that politics has anything to do with this, but......you must be a Romney supporter, huh David Campbell?
Daniel Woolfolk November 26, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Haha! I think there was one very fun one. And I think I've only deleted two or three.
Surfing Siren November 26, 2012 at 10:17 PM
clarification...appreciate the wild parties, not the violence.
Monique Ramsey November 30, 2012 at 12:54 AM
OMG- I used to live at 17535 - just down the street. My 'od 'hood is #gangsta. LOL (And the street was *beyond* quiet back then - no fun parties at all.)


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