Son of Hollywood Actors Accused in Random Attacks

Redmond O'Neal allegedly attacked five men in early May
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2018 9:30 AM CDT
Son of Hollywood Actors Charged With Attack Spree
Redmond O'Neal arrives at court Thursday Dec. 12, 2013, to testify in the case of an Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

The son of two famous Hollywood actors is accused of conducting a crime spree in Southern California that left one man stabbed in the face and lying in a pool of blood, USA Today reports. Police say Redmond O'Neal, the son of actor Ryan O'Neal and late actor Farrah Fawcett, indiscriminately assaulted five men between May 2 and May 5, seriously injuring two of them. He had been arrested on May 8 for allegedly robbing a 7-11 store in Los Angeles, USA Today notes, and police noticed something: A violent crime spree in the area suddenly stopped. Now O'Neal is charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of battery, and one count of brandishing a knife.

In one case, Redmond allegedly got angry May 2 when someone "appeared to look at him," then punched him and tried to strike with a broken glass bottle before fleeing, police say. In another, a surveillance camera caught someone who looked like O'Neal leaving the area where a victim received "significant and serious stab wounds and cuts to his face, neck, and upper body" on May 4, per police. Redmond's half-sister Tatum O'Neal told People three years ago that "he's got addiction problems so bad that it breaks my heart. I love him, but I have never seen a more scary side of addiction. Nobody knows what to do with Redmond. From what I’ve seen, there is no way he’s going to survive." (More assault stories.)

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