A man accused of trying to break into a Lake Forest home and getting into a scuffle with the residents was charged today (Thursday) with burglary and assault with a deadly weapon.
Orange County sheriff’s investigators initially classified Jerrel Joseph Gower as a “person of interest,” but that changed to fugitive when prosecutors this afternoon filed charges against him, Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said.
Gower was charged with first-degree burglary, assault with a deadly weapon or force likely to produce great bodily injury, battery with serious bodily injury, all felonies. He also was charged with assault and battery, both misdemeanors, according to court records.
Gower also faces sentencing enhancement allegations of inflicting great bodily harm. He is wanted on a $50,000 arrest warrant, Amormino said.
Just past midnight Wednesday, Gower is accused of trying to get into the home in the 20900 block of Parkside, Amormino said.
A woman who lives there with her husband and two children heard a male voice outside and saw a strobe light in her backyard, Amormino said.
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