Deputies investigating two reports of battery stemming from Boots & Brews

The third annual Boots & Brews Country Music Festival at Central Park in Saugus Saturday. Emily Alvarenga/The Signal
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While deputies continue to investigate reports of battery regarding incidents that allegedly took place Saturday at the Boots & Brews Country Music Festival in Central Park, festival organizers are following up on the matter as well.

On Monday, two women filed reports of battery with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, alleging they were each the victims of assault.

Event organizer Vincenzo Giammanco described news of the alleged assaults as “very disappointing.”

“Security is our No. 1 priority,” he said Tuesday. “If something were to happen, we want to handle it swiftly and professionally and with local law enforcement.”

Giammanco said his group “had a ton of security and more than what had been posted at similar events.

“I love Santa Clarita and we want to continue to have these events,” he said. “I hate for any incident to overshadow all the hard work that went into it.”

The Boots & Brews Country Music Festival got underway at 2 p.m. on Saturday and went until 10 p.m. with live music, dancing and beer.  An estimated 5,000 people attended.

Shirley Miller, spokeswoman for the SCV Sheriff’s Station, said of the battery reports Monday:

“In both cases, the victim was a female adult and the suspect was an adult female.”

The alleged assaults — and unconfirmed details about them — became topics of heightened discussion on social media posts in SCV-based groups after the outdoor music festival Saturday night.

No reports or complaints were filed with the SCV Sheriff’s Station over the weekend and law enforcement officials said the incidents were kept to a minimum thanks to security hired for the event.

“From what I hear, security jumped on it quickly,” Lt. Andrew Dahring said Tuesday.

Detectives are expected to continue investigating the complaints, Miller said Monday.

Anyone with information about the alleged incidents can contact the SCV Sheriff’s Station at 661-255-1121.

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