A daredevil who dove into pools and ocean waters from Laguna Beach and Newport Beach hotels and residences pleaded guilty Friday and was immediately sentenced to 100 hours of community service.Anthony Booth Armer, 28, pleaded guilty to two counts each of unlawful entry of a noncommercial dwelling and trespassing with intent to interfere with business. He was also sentenced to a day in jail and placed on three years of informal probation, according to court records.
Armor jumped from the roof of the Pacific Edge Hotel, 647 S. Coast Highway, about 8:20 p.m. last Dec. 28, according to Laguna Beach police.
A hotel employee helped get Armer, who apparently just missed landing in the pool’s water, into the car of a woman friend, who had also jumped into the pool. Armer declined the employee’s offer to call an ambulance for him and the pair left, police said.
Police made their case based on the hotel’s security cameras and the defendant’s postings on social media. In one photo, Armer appears to be showing off broken feet with rods in them to help the bones heal.
The Laguna Niguel resident posted several videos on YouTube, using the alias “8 Booth,“ showing him jumping off private rooftops and cliffs into the ocean or swimming pools in Laguna Beach, police said.
In one video, Armer is seen jumping from the roof of a condominium complex into a swimming pool, where he nearly struck another swimmer, police said. No one was hurt in that incident.
Armer vaulted over a retaining wall on July 21 of last year into a private residence in Laguna Beach, where he got up on the roof without the homeowner’s permission and jumped into the ocean near Table Rock Beach, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Armer got up to the fifth floor of the Surf and Sand Hotel in Laguna Beach last Sept. 29 and jumped into a gated, guest-only pool.
He made his way onto the roof of Newport Towers, a private residential building on West Coast Highway in Newport Beach, about 9 a.m. last Oct. 6 and jumped into the harbor waters, prosecutors said.
— City News Service
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