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Arrest Made in Laguna Niguel Assault

By Michael Guisti on October 14, 2014

Laguna Niguel, CA — Certain professions are often thought of as being inherently dangerous. Police officers and military personnel are generally thought to be putting their lives on the line as part of their normal work duties. However, sometimes people who work a job that is normally considered to be fairly safe find themselves the targets of violence.

Orange County sheriff’s deputies in Laguna Niguel have arrested the man they believe may have attacked a real estate agent on Saturday afternoon as she was leaving one of the houses she had listed. The victim, a 55-year-old woman whose name has not been released, was reportedly punched in the face before being put in a chokehold that rendered her unconscious. She was treated for her injuries and released. Her attacker is also said to have fought with a neighbor who may have witnessed part of the attack. There was an unsuccessful search made for the assailant on Saturday night.

On Sunday morning, John Glenn, 23, was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery and felony assault and is currently in custody with bail set at $50,000. According to a statement by the sheriff’s department, Glenn is a transient who lives in Laguna Niguel and matches the description of the attacker. The release also states that Glenn claimed to have been using drugs at the time and intended to break into the house. Glenn is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.

In the wake of this attack and similar incidents, real estate professionals have been urged to be aware of their surroundings.

Assault and battery are so closely associated that people sometimes assume they are the same crime. However, there is an important legal distinction. Battery is the charge associated with actual physical violence, assault can be charged whether or not the suspect is believed to have actually struck the victim. Assault, in fact, is behavior which implies the threat or intent to use physical force. In either case, a conviction on charges of either assault or battery means a violent crimes conviction on your record along with prison time and other penalties. It can also count as a strike under the three strikes law increasing your sentence if you have a previous conviction.

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Earley, Christopher and Marilyn Kalfus. “Man arrested in attack on real estate agent in Laguna Niguel.” http://www.ocregister.com/articles/real-638234-estate-arrested.html. Orange County Register. October 12, 2014.

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