Mayor Of San Juan Capistrano Attacked On City Street

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO ( — The mayor of San Juan Capistrano is recovering Monday after being attacked while walking with his wife over the weekend.

Mayor John Taylor and his wife were leaving a Christmas event around 11:30 p.m. Saturday when the attack happened, Orange County Sheriff’s Department officials said.

The couple was walking along Old Los Rios and Del Obispo Streets when they heard someone walking behind them, authorities said.

As Taylor and his wife moved off to the side, Taylor was punched in the face and knocked to the ground by two heavy-set Hispanic suspects.

The men continued to punch him and kick Taylor in the head as his wife screamed and tried to help her husband, officials said.

No property was taken and the incident is not being investigated as a robbery.

Taylor was treated and released from a local hospital for face and head contusions. His wife was not injured in the incident, sheriff’s officials said.

Deputies are investigating the random attack and do not believe it was linked to Taylor’s position as mayor.

No arrests have been made.

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