Marin Co. Man Attacks Paralyzed Housemate with Mac 'N Cheese

Two arrests in eight hours for Corte Madera man.

By Chris Roberts
|  Friday, May 17, 2013  |  Updated 1:29 PM PDT
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A man in a wheelchair was allegedly assaulted twice by his landlord — once with a box of macaroni and cheese — in an eight-hour span on Thursday in Corte Madera.

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Police arrested a Corte Madera man twice in eight hours on Thursday for attacking a paralyzed housemate, once with a box of macaroni and cheese.

John Jeffrey O'Connor, 46, rented part of his home to a 49-year old man paralyzed from the waist down. The pair got into an argument at about 4 a.m. Thursday, and O'Connor allegedly punched his wheelchair-using roommate in the mouth, the Marin Independent Journal reported.

Police responded to a call and saw swelling around the paralyzed man's mouth. They arrested O'Connor, who soon returned home on bail, when he phoned police and asked them to stand by while he evicted his tenant/roommate from the home.

The tenant planned to leave at 2 p.m., but that was not soon enough for O'Connor, who was arrested again when police responded to a call that he'd shoved a box of macaroni and cheese in the paralyzed man's face. Seeing a "damaged box... that appeared to support the allegations," O'Connor was arrested again -- this time on a felony charge.

Bail is set at $25,000, and the alleged victim "moved out of the residence as planned at 2 p.m.," the newspaper reported.

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