DANA POINT (CBSLA.com) — A suspect was arrested early Monday in the shooting of a 56-year-old Dana Point man, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said.

Julian St. John, 40, was taken into custody around 2:50 a.m. near Basilone Road in San Clemente.

St. John is accused of shooting a man in the 32500 block of Crete Road around 10 a.m. Sunday, before stealing his Mercedes SUV and fleeing the scene.

“Approximately 30 minutes later, the vehicle driven by St. John was located in the San Clemente area. Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle resulting in a short pursuit southbound on Interstate 5 into the San Onofre area of San Diego County,” spokeswoman Gail Krause said.

St. John abandoned the SUV near the former power plant and fled the scene on foot, resulting in an unsuccessful five-hour search from the air and land.

He was later located by state park rangers and arrested on charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

St. John is being held on $500,000 bail and is scheduled to make his first appearance in court on Tuesday.

The victim, whose name was not released, suffered a hand wound during the shooting. He also suffered a cut to the head, according to officials.

A motive for the shooting was not released.


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