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* Esteban Pineda And Stephanie Valenzuela arrested in Salinas after fight with officer outside Chapala’s Mexican Restaurant and Cantina

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A 19-year-old woman and 31-year-old man were arrested for battery on a police officer after an incident outside a bar in Salinas Friday night, police said.The incident was reported at about 11:15 p.m. Friday outside Chapala’s Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, located at 438 Salinas St., according to police.Officers arrived to find Stephanie Valenzuela and another woman in a dispute, and when officers tried to control Valenzuela, she pushed one of them, police said.Esteban Pineda attempted to intervene during the incident and grabbed an officer’s arm. Another officer was able to take Pineda into custody, according to police.Investigators believe Valenzuela started a fight in the bar and was removed by security, and when officers arrived, they saw her fighting someone else. Valenzuela also allegedly made gang-related threats to people in the area, police said.Both Valenzuela and Pineda were booked into Monterey County jail.

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