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By Brian Park

San Juan Capistrano Mayor John Taylor. Photo by Brian Park
San Juan Capistrano Mayor John Taylor. Photo by Brian Park

San Juan Capistrano Mayor John Taylor was attacked by two unknown assailants Saturday night, while walking with his wife from a Christmas party, an Orange County Sherriff’s Department spokesman said.

The attack occurred around 11:30 p.m., in front of the Ramos House Café, as Taylor and his wife, Marianne, were walking southbound on Los Rios Street, according to Jim Amormino, the department’s director of media relations.

Taylor and his wife heard footsteps behind them and moved aside when one of the attackers punched Taylor in the head, knocking him to the ground. Both suspects began punching and kicking Taylor in the face area, said Amormino.

Taylor’s wife called for help and attempted to stop the attackers. The assault stopped shortly after Taylor’s wife yelled that they were attacking the mayor. The two then ran off toward an unknown location.

The two suspects are described as Hispanic males, about 6 feet in height and about 220 pounds.

Taylor was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was treated for cuts and bruises to his head and later released.

“He was transported to the hospital for cuts and contusions to his face and scalp,” Amormino said. “He’s doing okay now. He’s bandaged up.”

The attack appears to be random and unrelated to Taylor’s position as mayor, Amormino said. No personal property was taken in the assault.

“There was no demand for money, so the motive is unknown at this time. Nothing was taken from either the mayor or the mayor’s wife,” Amormino said. “There’s nothing in our investigation at this stage which would indicate his position as mayor had anything to do with the attack.”

Taylor and his family have lived in the Los Rios Historic District for more than 20 years, according to the city’s website.

“The mayor is doing alright. He’s still performing all his city duties,” the city’s Chief of Police Services Lt. John Meyer said.

Authorities are canvassing the area for witnesses.

Witnesses who might have information are asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Watch Commander at 714.628.7170.

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  • Stupid San Juan Capistrano. This area has crime and gang related vehicle break ins all the time at the train station which is about a block away from where this happened. The police and city does nothing about the issue. San Juan has been on a decline fora long time. Looks like the mayor got himself a taste of his own neglections. Get to work mayor. Clean up the city for once.

    • Darrin, if what you say is true, the City of San Juan Capistrano needs to rethink City politics to their draw for vacationer’s of the Mission and Return of the Swallows. I was there 2 years ago and chose to be on foot taking in the historic sites. This article is disturbing.

      • San Juan is beautiful but you are right about the politics. They spend most of the time golfing and hobnobbin with the elitists. Need to roll up the sleeves and clean up the gang atmosphere. San Clemente suffers a little from gang crap too.

  • There’s no mystery what this was about: racial hatred. The mayor is white and the attackers are LATINOS, many of whom are the biggests racists out there. This was not a random attack: the mayor was a racial target.

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