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Updated: Paranoid Man Meets the Cops

A rocket scientist makes all the wrong moves while trying to avoid the cops.

Editor's note: Updates with police contact with the subject.

You know those yellow and black books that are for dummies? Well, one Rancho Santa Margarita man could really learn a thing or two about laying low.

It happened at the Villas Antonio apartment complex, in the laundry room to be exact. It was there that a man—apparently not a brain surgeon—began asking people if police officers were outside looking for him, according to a resident.

And do you think this aroused any suspicion?

You bet.

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After the man drew attention to himself, residents promptly called the Orange County Sheriff's Department to report the paranoid man, who was wearing dark clothing and was hiding out in the laundry room near the main office.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found the subject asleep inside the laundry room.

According to Sgt. Frank Nin of Rancho Santa Margarita police services, the paranoid man was not on parole or probation, and there was no warrant for his arrest; the man was waiting to meet a friend, but realized that he was in the wrong apartment complex. The man eventually met his friend in the correct building.

The call came in around midnight on Friday, from the 22400 block of Alma Aldea.

Charles October 16, 2012 at 02:09 PM
And?? What happened? Arrested? For what? Was he actually "hiding out" in the laundry room? Hiding from whom? Also, as far as we know, did he commit any crime? And, how do we know this guy actually isn't a rocket scientist or otherwise highly educated person? [Some exceptionally bright people have quirky personality traits.]
LeAna Bui October 16, 2012 at 05:51 PM
I'm with Charles....And???? Where's the rest of the story?
Martin Henderson (Editor) October 17, 2012 at 06:35 AM
The story is updated with police contact with the man. This is a good example of what's available to the public on the OCSD blotter and what's not; the original story included the info from the original blotter item. HIPAA laws have created an environment where so much information is not divulged publicly (in this case on the blotter).

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