Councilman Ed Pack has done National Night Out every year it's been held in the city, but it's never been quite like this.


Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department's Hesperia station, along with San Bernardino County Fire Department and city officials toured the city's eight National Night Out block parties Tuesday night, helping to raise awareness of anti-crime initiatives residents can get involved in, like Neighborhood Watch, and make neighborhoods more safe by introducing neighbors to one another at parties and other events.


Pack, Deputy John Clough (a member of the station's anti-gang team) and two Explorer Scouts had just finished visiting a block party on Alta Dena Street when the call came in.


"We were maybe three, maybe four blocks away when the call went out," said Pack. "There goes the siren and the lights, and away we went."


Shortly before 7 p.m. on Tuesday night, deputies Joe Necochea, Jeromy Snyder and Jeremy Deberg were dispatched to the 9100 block of Orangeleaf Court, responding a report of a disturbance at the location.


There, they found four men sitting in the garage. As the deputies pulled up, one man allegedly ran into the house. While three of the men were handcuffed and detained, Snyder and Deberg headed into the house and brought out a man later identified as Richard Chavez, 29. Once Chavez was back in the garage, all four men then allegedly became combative and rushed at Necochea, but the deputy was able to get the group under control.


Upon arrival, Pack and the two Explorers were told to stay back, away from the action, but the councilman still got an eyeful.


"The guy was Tasered and was still hooked up to the Taser," he said. "They were handcuffing one guy and patting him down. ... The other guy they sat down on the ground, leaning up against the tire of the squad car."


Parked at the Orangeleaf house was a Toyota Camry matching the description of a vehicle used in two commercial burglaries, and the four men matched the descriptions of men involved in robberies of local businesses that sell alcohol, including two "beer runs" that had occurred earlier on Tuesday.


"Once we got there and [Clough] seen the car and the tattoos on the guys, he said 'hey, these are our Main Street beer robbers,' because he was SMASH and is the gang guy," Pack said.


A search of the Camry reportedly turned up a handgun matching the description of a gun used in one of the robberies.


"In one incident, the clerk came out after, and [the suspect] had a handgun and he pointed it at her," Hesperia station spokeswoman Roxanne Walker said Wednesday.


A search of the house turned up items matching those taken during recent robberies. Deputies arrested Richard Chavez, 29, Juan Carlos Reyna, 25, Andrew Swenson, 25 and Randall Swenson, 54, all of Hesperia, on charges of assaulting a peace officer and booked into Victor Valley Jail.


"I think it'd be nice if every council member could get a run with a deputy one time on a real call," Pack said. "They put their life on their lines for the citizens, and they do it with no regrets."


Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Hesperia station at 947-1549 or the anonymous WE TIP line at (800) 782-7463.


Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.