Defendant is also accused of attempting to push a runner into traffic and punching another runner in the face
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A 23-year-old homeless woman was charged with attempting to throw a 13-year-old cross country runner off the Crown Valley Bridge and assaulting two of his teammates during a training run on Friday, August 23.
Stephanie Rose Redondo, 23, has been charged with one felony count of attempted murder with an enhancement of premeditation and deliberation, and one misdemeanor count each of battery and assault. Redondo was arrested by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. She is currently being held at the Central Women’s Jail on $500,000 bail.
Members of the Capistrano Valley High School cross country team were running on the sidewalk near Crown Valley Bridge around 4 p.m. on August 26. Redondo is accused of lunging at one of the teenage runners in an attempt to push him into traffic.
She is then accused of putting a 13-year-old runner in a headlock and attempting to push him over the bridge to the rocks hundreds of feet below. Redondo is then accused of punching a 14-year-old runner who came at her. The teenagers managed to escape.
“The Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the County of Orange has extensive services and programs to help assist the homeless and mentally ill. Help is available,” said Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer. “Homeless individuals who refuse help and instead choose to commit crimes and victimize other people will be prosecuted. No one in our county should be forced to put up with someone who chooses to be a danger and a menace to our society.”
This case is being prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Laila Nikaien of the Special Prosecutions Unit.