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Trial begins for Garden Grove man accused of attacking disabled woman in her bedroom

Orange County DA's Office

Richard Vu Nguyen

A man from Garden Grove stands trial today for allegedly attacking one of his roommates -- a 45-year-old woman suffering from Down syndrome -- by stomping and kicking her in the head and torso, prosecutors announced.

According to a press release from the Orange County DA’s Office, Richard Vu Nguyen, 45, assaulted the woman in an act that was secretly caught on video by the victim’s family.

Although the victim is unable to speak, family members suspected something was going on beginning in March of last year, and set up the video camera in her bedroom to find out what. After the alleged attack was recorded, the family members took the evidence to Garden Grove police.

Prosecutors did not say whether the footage would be used as evidence in the trial beginning today in the North Justice Center in Fullerton.


Amen for architecture: Crystal Cathedral changes holy hands

crystal cathedral

Photo by Ben Kraal via Flickr Creative Commons

At the holy intersection of business, commerce, art and religion lies the landmark Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove's nationally-known Protestant church now owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange.

In a case of dollars over doctrine, escrow closed on the $57.5 million court-ordered sale Friday, following Crystal Cathedral Ministry’s filing for Chapter 11 in 2010 in light of a $60 million debt.

The formal title transfer is complete, but a Catholic congregation will not be relocating to their new real estate right away. Under the terms of the purchase agreement the Crystal Cathedral Ministries -- named for the building that is neither made of crystal nor technically a cathedral -- is allowed to worship for three more years.

The ministry will be "leasing it back from the Diocese for $100,000 per month for the first year, and $150,000 per month for the next two years," explains OC Metro, at which point a few architectural changes are expected to make the property "appropriate for the Catholic liturgy."