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Updated 9:15 p.m. Oct. 12, 2014

A transient who was high on drugs was arrested Sunday for allegedly assaulting a real estate agent as she opened a lock box on the front door of a home in Laguna Niguel, deputies said.

The assault apparently started as a burglary attempt just before 1 p.m. Saturday, in the 24000 block of Paseo Del Campo, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies arrested John Thomas Glenn, 23, as he walked out of a park in the area of Crown Valley Parkway and Niguel Road at about 8 a.m. Sunday, said sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Hallock.

He is suspected of approaching the 55-year-old woman, putting her in a choke hold and punching her several times, nearly knocking her out, Hallock said.

A neighbor heard the commotion and scuffled with the suspect, but Glenn escaped. An extensive search that included air units and bloodhounds did not immediately find him, Downing said.

The woman suffered moderate injuries to her neck and face and was taken to a hospital for treatment, according to the sheriff’s department.

“Over the last 24 hours, investigators obtained evidence and learned information that aided in the identification and arrest of Glenn,” Hallock said this afternoon.

After his arrest, Glenn “indicated to investigators that he was under the influence of drugs and was attempting to gain entry into the home to commit a theft,” Hallock said.

It’s believed that the attack was “a crime of opportunity” and that Glenn didn’t specifically target the victim because she is a real estate agent, the lieutenant said.

Glenn was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail at the Orange County Jail, where he was booked on suspicion of attempted robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, he said. He is due in court on Tuesday, according to the sheriff’s department.

— Staff and Wire report

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