Naked man in Irvine attacks woman, 75, and takes her dog, police say

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Irvine police have arrested a man suspected of assaulting a 75-year-old woman and her dog.

Craig Andrew Ledbetter, 51, of Irvine was taken into custody Tuesday after police received a report about 2:30 p.m. of a man acting strangely on Rockwood, in Irvine’s Woodbridge neighborhood.

When officers arrived, they found a man who was naked and “swinging a stick aggressively,” according to a news release. He also acted aggressively toward the responding police, who subdued him with Tasers, authorities said.


According to police, Ledbetter is suspected of assaulting a the woman before forcibly taking her dog.

The woman was taken to a hospital and is being treated for injuries, according to Times Community News.

Ledbetter was charged with aggravated assault, elder abuse, resisting a police officer and animal cruelty. Irvine police aren’t sure what might have motivated Ledbetter, and believe he did not know the woman.

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As of Wednesday afternoon, Ledbetter remained in custody in lieu of $50,000 bail. County Jail records list his occupation as student.

The dog was unharmed.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Det. Gavin Hudson at (949) 724-7168.


Zint writes for Times Community News.