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Gardener attacks homeowner with hedge trimmer

Francisco Calderonfarias was arrested for attacking a Laguna Niguel homeowner with a hedge trimmer.

June 22, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A gardener was arrested for chasing a homeowner with a hedge trimmer in Laguna Niguel Thursday.

Francisco Calderonfarias, 54, and a homeowner got into an argument at a residence on the 30900 block of Belle Maison at about 10:20 a.m., according to the Orange County Sheriff's Dept.

The argument led to Calderonfarias striking the homeowner with the engine end of a weed-trimmer. The homeowner then allegedly tackled Calderonfarias and the two started fighting. The two men stopped, then Calderonfarias ran to his truck and turned on a gas-powered hedge trimmer and chased the homeowner around the yard.

The homeowner ran into the home to call police. Calderonfarias then allegedly began to destroy the yard. An sheriff's deputy arrived and took Calderonfarias into custody.

A sheriff's lieutenant said the men got into the argument over a disagreement about directions the homeowner was giving the gardener.

Both men suffered cuts and bruises.

Calderonfarias was booked at Men's Central Jail.

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