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

Richard Vu Nguyen
Richard Vu Nguyen
Orange County DA's Office

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.

Nguyen had been romantically involved with one of the victim’s relatives and lived in the Garden Grove house with them, the Orange County Register reports. Sometime between March 31 and April 9 of last year, prosecutors say, he entered the victim’s bedroom for no apparent reason and attacked her, “jumping onto her bed, and kicking her in the head and upper torso.” Authorities say the entire incident was caught on video.

He faces up to four years in prison if convicted of felony abuse of a dependent adult.