Joshua Waring, Son of Former ‘Real Housewives of Orange County’ Star Lauri Peterson, Suspected of Attempted Murder

Lauri Peterson
Lauri Peterson of The Real Housewives of Orange County Isabella Vosmikova/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Joshua Waring, the son of former Real Housewives of Orange County star Lauri Peterson, has been arrested for suspicion of attempted murder, Us Weekly can confirm.

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Waring, 27, shot a 35-year-old man in the torso around 2:30 a.m. in Costa Mesa, California, on Monday, June 20.

“Apparently there had been a previous confrontation between [Waring] and the occupants of that residence earlier, and he had returned,” Costa Mesa police lieutenant Paul Beckman said in a statement via the Los Angeles Times.

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Waring wasn’t handcuffed until several hours later, after a car chase with police. He crashed while driving a stolen SUV and tried to run away before authorities booked him. According to a Costa Mesa police press release, Waring was initially spotted by an Orange County Sheriff’s helicopter and “surrendered” at the scene. The gun used hasn’t been found yet.

The unidentified victim, meanwhile, was taken to Orange County Global Medical Center and is expected to survive, according to Costa Mesa Fire Department.

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Joshua Waring Costa Mesa Police Department

Waring has had trouble with the law before. The L.A. Times reports that he pleaded guilty to a hit-and-run and three felony counts of possession of a controlled substance in 2008. In 2009, he was arrested for battery and possession of drug paraphernalia. More recently, he pleaded not guilty in May to felony drug and forgery charges. (Joshua’s struggles with substance abuse were documented on RHOC too.)

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Peterson, an original Bravo Housewife, has yet to comment on the latest incident. (Peterson appeared on RHOC from 2006 to 2009, and returned for multiple episodes in 2013’s season 8.) She last tweeted on June 17, that her stepfather, Richard Bubak, had died from Alzheimer’s.

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