Eight children and one young adult were arrested Friday night for rioting, assaulting employees and causing $30,000 in damage to a residential League City behavioral health facility, officials said.
Fire and police departments responded around 9:50 p.m. to a fire alarm at Devereux Advanced Behavior Health facility, 1150 Devereux Drive, where they found patients fighting and assaulting employees, according to League City police.
The facility is part of a national nonprofit serving children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health issues, according to the organization’s website. The League City location is a residential facility housing young people ages 11 to 22 who have “complex treatment needs.”
Officers who arrived at the scene saw patients rioting inside the building, broken windows and furniture barricading doors. They requested assistance from the Webster Police Department, Galveston County Sheriff’s Department and Texas Department of Public Safety.
Nearly two hours after arriving, law enforcement officers cleared the barricades and gained entry to the facility. They arrested eight juveniles and one adult on suspicion of rioting, assault and criminal mischief.
California resident Ashley Gonzales, 17, was booked into League City jail.
Damage was estimated to be $30,000, including a broken fire alarm system.
League City police have received 459 calls for service at the facility since January 2019, including fire, EMS and police responses. The police department has recorded 158 criminal incidents during the same time.