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Son of Ryan O’Neal, Farrah Fawcett is charged with attempted murder

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Redmond James O’Neal was charged Friday with attempted murder and assault in what police called a series of violent and unprovoked attacks in Venice Beach and Palms.
(Los Angeles Police Department)

The son of actor Ryan O’Neal and the late Farrah Fawcett was charged Friday with attempted murder and assault in what police called a series of violent and unprovoked attacks in Venice Beach and Palms.

In the most serious incidents, Redmond James O’Neal allegedly stabbed a man in the side near the Venice boardwalk on May 4, then later that night stabbed another man, inflicting serious wounds and cuts to his face, neck and upper body, police said.

O’Neal, 33, had been arrested May 8 on suspicion of armed robbery after a heist at a 7-Eleven store. He matched the description — red-haired with distinctive tattoos — of the man in the earlier attacks, police said.

O’Neal has a history of drug arrests dating to 2005. In 2008, authorities charged him and his father on suspicion of felony drug possession after Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies conducting a probation search of the actor’s Malibu home said they found methamphetamine on Redmond and in his father’s bedroom.

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Ryan O’Neal, 77, was nominated for an Oscar for the 1970 movie “Love Story,” starred in “Paper Moon” and “Barry Lyndon” and more recently had a recurring role in the TV series “Bones.”

The latest case was investigated by robbery detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Area. Redmond O’Neal also was charged with battery, making a criminal threat and brandishing a knife. He remains in the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, records show.

gholland@latimes.com

Twitter: @geholland

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