SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Jury selection is scheduled to begin Wednesday in the trial of a man accused of attacking a woman in a toilet stall while wearing a child's pink Barbie costume at a Big Lots store in Clairemont.
Gregory Phillip Schwartz, 41, is charged with four felonies, including assault with the intent to commit rape and false imprisonment by violence. He faces more than seven years in prison if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Mary-Ellen Barrett.
The victim, identified in court as Susan, testified at an earlier hearing that she went into the women's restroom in the Big Lots store on Clairemont Drive the afternoon of Feb. 28 and noticed a man's bare feet in the next stall.
She said before she knew it, he was crawling on the ground and into her stall, prompting her to start screaming. The man, who was wearing jeans and pink Barbie costume, then put his hands around the woman's neck and pushed her toward the wall.
The woman continued to fight back and eventually ran for help.
San Diego police said store surveillance footage showed Schwartz going into the women's restroom and running out of it. He was arrested in the area of Clairemont Mesa Boulevard and Diane Avenue two days later.
Police said at the time of his arrest, Schwartz was on probation for two misdemeanor convictions, including one for drugs.
A local war hero is about to be laid to rest. Retired Navy Captain James "Duffy" Hutton spent years of his service as a prisoner of war in Vietnam before he settled down here in San Diego.
Sunday marked day two of the government shutdown - and with the work week beginning Monday - thousands of employees may not go back to work.
Temperatures are expected to rise slightly on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service, but will remain cooler than normal.
A motorcyclist was suspected of drunken driving after causing a late-night car crash in Pacific Beach, police said Sunday, and hours later, a second crash occurred in the intersection while police were still investigating.
The San Diego County Planning Commission voted 6-1 last week to recommend that the County’s Board of Supervisors approve the County’s revised Climate Action Plan, with some modifications.
John Coleman, a long-serving San Diego weatherman and founder of The Weather Channel, has died at the age of 83.
Several dogs were taken into the custody of San Diego County and put down, after a Lomita woman reported that her six dogs were attacked and some killed by a group of pit bulls.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College. The two marches were held in conjunction with other marches across the country.
The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, which prompted the closure of many federal operations, such as national parks and monuments and that included the shutdown of Cabrillo National Monument.