A 39-year-old convicted sex offender was charged Wednesday with attacking a hearing-impaired woman in Laguna Hills and threatening two people in Aliso Viejo the following day.
Paul Ralph Emilliano of Aliso Viejo faces two counts of making criminal threats, and single counts of carrying a knife and assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, all felonies, along with a misdemeanor count of brandishing a weapon.
The woman was attacked on the trail parallel to Alicia Parkway about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, said Carrie Braun, a spokeswoman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. He is accused of pushing her to the ground and attempting to choke her, Braun said.
It was not clear what motivated the alleged attack, she said.
The woman managed to get away and run about a quarter-mile before she was able to reach people who could help her, Braun said.
About 7:15 p.m. Monday, sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a suspect threatening two people with a knife on Abbeywood Lane in Aliso Viejo, Braun said.
One of the victims thought he recognized Emilliano, but looked away when he realized he was mistaken, Braun said. Emilliano walked over to the two wielding a knife and threatening the man and the other victim, Braun alleged.
A neighbor’s surveillance system captured the conflict, which helped deputies make an arrest, Braun said.
Emilliano has a lengthy criminal history, according to court records.
He pleaded guilt yon Feb. 11, 2009, to a felony count of committing a lewd act on a child and was sentenced to three years in prison, According to a parole revocation report filed last December, Emilliano pulled down the underwear of a 5-year-old girl he was babysitting and molested her. As the girl woke up, he choked her before running away from the home where he was also babysitting a friend’s 7-year-old son.
Emilliano was accused of violating parole by letting the battery run out on a GPS device and for failing to register as a convicted sex offender.
Emilliano pleaded guilty in March 2003 to robbery and was sentenced to two years in prison. He pleaded guilty in September 2015 to resisting arrest and was sentenced to 60 days in jail.