Man Accused of Nearly Killing Acquaintance Charged

RIVERSIDE – A probationer accused of severely beating an acquaintance in his Lake Elsinore home was charged today with attempted murder.

Andy Dean Abegg, 32, was arrested Monday after allegedly attacking the victim at his property in the 28000 block of Red Gum Drive.

Along with the attempted murder count, Abegg is facing sentence-enhancing allegations of using a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony and causing injuries leading to paralysis or a comatose condition.

The defendant was being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta and was slated to make his initial court appearance this afternoon before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Becky Dugan at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Todd Torrenti, deputies were called to the Red Gum Drive property, which lies at the end of a dirt road on the eastern edge of the city, around 2:40 p.m. Monday to investigate reports of an assault and discovered a man with life-threatening head injuries.

The victim was transported to a hospital, where he remains in grave condition, according to sheriff’s officials. His name has not been released.

Torrenti said Abegg, who was waiting in front of the house when deputies rolled up, was arrested on the spot, without incident.

A possible motive for the attack was not disclosed.

According to court records, in February 2013, Abegg was sentenced to three years probation for violating a domestic violence-related restraining order. He also has other misdemeanor convictions for obstructing a peace officer, driving under the influence and battery.


Man suspected of trying to kill Lake Elsinore resident

LAKE ELSINORE – A man suspected of severely beating an acquaintance in his Lake Elsinore home was being held without bail today.

Andy Dean Abegg, 32, was arrested Monday and booked on suspicion of attempted murder for allegedly attacking the victim in the 28000 block of Red Gum Drive, according to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Todd Torrenti.

Deputies were called to the rural property around 2:40 p.m. to investigate reports of an assault. When the patrolmen arrived, they discovered a man with life-threatening head injuries, Torrenti said.

The victim, whose name was not released, was transported to a hospital and remains in grave condition, according to sheriff’s officials.

Abegg, who had been waiting in front of the house when deputies rolled up, was arrested on the spot, Torrenti said.

A possible motive for the attack was not disclosed.

Abegg was being held at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta.

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