ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE
Case # 15CF2232
Date: February 25, 2016
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A transient man was sentenced today to nine years in state prison for attacking and critically injuring an 83-year-old man. Demarrea Chante Barnes, 29, pleaded guilty Feb. 4, 2016, to one felony count of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, one felony count of elder and dependent adult abuse, a sentencing enhancement for great bodily injury, and three state prison priors for drug possession in 2005 and 2008, and assault on a peace officer with injury in 2012.
At approximately 6:00 a.m. on Sept. 25, 2015, John Doe, 83, drove to a strip mall on West Edinger Street in Santa Ana to get his daily newspaper and coffee. As John Doe was walking in the parking lot to the coffee shop, Barnes attacked the victim, punched him in the face and knocked the victim to the ground. The defendant kicked John Doe multiple times and then fled the scene. Continue reading