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Man pleads not guilty to assaulting elderly man with a chair in Laguna Beach

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Jason Adams, 45, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon and inflicting injury on an elder adult, according to police and court records.
(Courtesy of Laguna Beach Police Department)

A homeless man accused of assaulting another man with a chair in Laguna Beach pleaded not guilty to a pair of felony charges Tuesday, according to authorities and court records.

Jason Adams, 45, is charged with one count each of assault with a deadly weapon and inflicting injury on an elder adult, court records show.

At about 10:30 a.m. Sunday, police responded to a report of a fight at the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach, 286 St. Ann’s Drive.

Laguna Beach police said the incident occurred when an elderly man tried to hand Adams a bottle of water. Adams, police allege, stood up, grabbed a chair and pinned it against the other man’s face.

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Witnesses pushed the chair away from Adams and tried to restrain him until police arrived, but he fled and was later arrested in a parking garage across from a bus depot, authorities said.

Adams was taken to Orange County Jail, with bail set at $65,000. He is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 17 for a pretrial hearing.

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