MAN CHARGED WITH ATTACKING AN ELDERLY WOMAN IN A HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION DISPUTE COULD FACE LIFE IN PRISON

OCDASeal

Orange County District Attorney
Press Release


Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

For Immediate Release
March 16th, 2004
Contact:Mark Macaulay
District Attorney Spokesperson
(714) 347-8405 (O)
(714) 323-4486 (C)

Laguna Niguel – Charles John Mineo, 47, of Dana Point, was in court this afternoon to answer to charges of attempted murder, first degree residential burglary, and elder abuse. Mineo is accused of viciously beating his 78-year-old neighbor in a homeowners association disagreement. If convicted Mineo faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The victim is a long time member of the homeowners association board in the La Cresta Gardens condominium complex, in Dana Point. Mineo had recently made improvements to his residence without getting the proper city permits. The victim had alerted the board that Mineo had made these changes and the board decided to hold off fixing some damage to Mineo’s condo until he obtained the proper permits. The defendant, upset over this decision, is accused of confronting the victim at her home, at approximately 3:45 PM on Saturday, March 13, 2004. The argument escalated to violence, at which time, Mineo is accused of punching the victim in the face and attempting to strangle her.

This afternoon, Judge Matthew Anderson set bail at $1,000,000 and issued a protective order for Mineo to stay more than 500 yards away from La Cresta Gardens and at least 500 yards away from his victim. The arraignment was continued until Thursday, March 18, 2004 at 1:30 PM, in department S2, in the Harbor Justice Center, 30143 Crown Valley Pkwy, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677.  Deputy District Attorney Craig Cazares, in the Family Protection Unit, is assigned to the case.