ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE
Case # 16HM12319
October 26, 2016
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – A man was charged with trespassing yesterday after jumping into the ocean and a pool from private property in Laguna and Newport Beach and posting videos of the incidents on YouTube. Anthony Booth Armer, 28, Laguna Niguel, is charged with two misdemeanor counts of unauthorized entry of a dwelling and one misdemeanor count of trespassing with intent to interfere with business. His arraignment date and time are to be determined.
On July 21, 2016, Armer is accused of climbing over a retaining wall onto the gated property of a private residence in Laguna Beach. The defendant is then accused of climbing onto the roof of the residence and jumping into the ocean near Table Rock Beach. Armer is accused of recording the incident and posting the video on YouTube. The Laguna Beach Police Department (LBPD) investigated the incident after the video gained media attention, and the homeowner confirmed Armer did not have permission to access their property.
On Sept. 29, 2016, Armer is accused of climbing over a wall and accessing employee-only areas of the Surf and Sand Hotel in Laguna Beach. The defendant is accused of climbing to the fifth floor of the hotel and jumping into the gated, guest-only pool. Armer was not a guest of the hotel. Hotel employees reported the event to LBPD.
On Oct. 6, 2016, at approximately 9:00 a.m., Armer is accused of entering Newport Towers, a private residential building on West Coast Highway in Newport Beach. The defendant is accused of running up several flights of stairs and jumping from the building’s roof to the harbor below. Newport Towers security reported the trespassing to the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD).
LBPD arrested Armer this morning at approximately 7:45 a.m. LBPD and NBPD are investigating this case. Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim of trespassing is encouraged to contact their local police department.
Deputy District Attorney Nathaniel Barrett of the Harbor Justice Center is prosecuting this case.
TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney
Susan Kang Schroeder, Chief of Staff
Roxi Fyad, Spokesperson