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Naked Man Beats 75-Year-Old Woman And Swings Her Dog Around, Police Say

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A naked man allegedly attacked an Orange County woman with a stick and swung her dog around, before police arrested him.

On Tuesday around 2:30 p.m., 75-year-old Sara Hurtado was walking her dog near her home on Rockwood Street in Irvine's Woodbridge neighborhood, when she was suddenly attacked by a naked man wielding a stick, reports CBS LA. The man reportedly knocked Hurtado to the ground and began beating her with the stick. “He sat over her and he started beating her on the face, on the upper chest,” Rocio Fitzsimons, Hurtado’s daughter, told CBS LA.

The man then took the family's small dog, Dukay, and began swinging it by the leash, according to Neil Fitzsimons, Hurtado's son-in-law. “Our dog must have upset him by interfering. He took the dog by the leash and starting spinning it around.”

When Irvine police arrived, they found the man—now identified as Craig Andrew Ledbetter, 51, naked and swinging a stick. Ledbetter reportedly acted aggressively toward police before they subdued him using Tasers, reports the L.A. Times.

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Hours earlier in the day, police had received other reports of Ledbetter acting strangely, but had cause for arrest at that point.

Ledbetter has been charged with aggravated assault, elder abuse, animal cruelty and resisting a police officer. There is reportedly no known connection between him and Hurtado and the incident is still under investigation.

Hurtado was hospitalized with a dislocated arm, internal bleeding, and swollen eyes.

Anyone with information about the case should call Detective Gavin Hudson at (949) 724-7168.