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Local man allegedly attacks local couple in Pavilions parking lot, cuts husband with knife

On Thursday, Dec 6, at 9:18 p.m., at the 600 block of N Coast Hwy, two Laguna Beach residents got into a verbal confrontation. According to reports, a 50-year-old Laguna Beach resident was in his car stopped in front of Pavilions waiting for his wife, who was finishing her shopping in the store. 

Just prior to the wife exiting the store, the 69-year-old suspect, Thomas Giles, also a Laguna Beach resident, reportedly knocked on the driver side window of the couple’s vehicle, a Mini Cooper.

“When the driver rolled his window down, Giles told the driver to move his “F---in” car. Giles then pulled a knife and poked it at the driver,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said.

Sgt Cota added, “The driver’s wife approached and Giles [allegedly] threatened to stab her. In an attempt to protect his wife, the husband exited the car and a verbal and physical fight ensued.”

Police Files GilesAccording to Sgt Cota, the husband sustained a laceration to the left side of his head. Medics were reportedly requested.

The suspect threw the knife into nearby bushes and then attempted to flee as officers arrived, reportedly leaving his BMW in the parking lot, said Cota.

“Giles was caught and the knife was located. The victim sustained a minor cut near his ear,” Sgt Cota said. 

Thomas Allen Giles, 69, Laguna Beach, was arrested for multiple charges including assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threats. Per his booking information, he listed his occupation as night auditor at Crystal Cove Cottages.

Bail was set at $80,000.

BMW stolen out of garage in North Laguna

On Wednesday, Dec 5, at 9:05 a.m., LBPD officer responded to a residence in the 600 block of Cliff Drive for a report of a stolen vehicle. The officers met with the reporting party, who stated that she parked her BMW 328i in the garage the day prior. 

“The vehicle was left unlocked with the key inside. She closed the garage door and took the remote with her,” Sgt Cota said. “The day of the incident she could not locate the garage remote, so she used a key to enter the garage and noticed her BMW had been stolen.” 

The reporting person believes that the suspect(s) located the garage door remote that she may have dropped outside. There are no suspects at this time, Sgt Cota added.

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