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Man Accused Of Attacking Victim With Crossbow, Fire Extinguisher And Then A Gun
A man who led authorities on a manhunt through the San Onofre nuclear power plant is expected to be arraigned in court today for attempted murder. He allegedly used a crossbow, a fire extinguisher and a gun on a victim before he fled.Orange County Sheriff's Dept. deputies arrested 40-year-old Julian St. John on Monday after they searched for him for about six hours, according to a press release from the Sheriff's Dept. The manhunt for him began after deputies found a 56-year-old victim (who has not been named) in Dana Point on Sunday with a gunshot wound. He pointed out St. John as his attacker. According to the Orange County District Attorney's office, St. John visited the victim's home and used a crossbow to shoot off an arrow without an arrowhead at the man's head, reported OC Weekly. Then he allegedly beat the victim over the head multiple times with a fire extinguisher before chasing him through his backyard. He shot at the victim a couple of times (and one of those shots hit the injured man in the finger), before taking off with the man's Mercedez-Benz SUV, the statement says.
The victim was taken to the hospital and treated for his gunshot wound and cuts to his head.
The deputies went on a car chase following St. John down the 5 Freeway until the suspect drove through a fence at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and fled on foot, according to the OCSD's press release. Authorities discovered his abandoned stolen car and the handgun that is believed to have been used in the shooting. They caught up with him and arrested him around 2:50 a.m. in San Clemente after a State Park ranger tipped the deputies off about his whereabouts.
St. John is charged with a laundry list of offenses, including attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, assault with a firearm, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, attempted false imprisonment, stealing a vehicle, and evading while reckless driving, and shooting a gun causing great bodily injury, according to City News Service.
He is currently held on $2 million bail and if convicted, faces state prison for up to 52 years to life, reported OC Weekly.