We recently saw Lauri Peterson reunite with cast members old and new of RHOOC at a premiere party for Real Housewives of Orange County where they celebrated ten successful seasons of the original franchise.
Sadly, on the very same day that Season 11 premiered, Lauri’s troubled son Josh shot a man in the wee hours of the morning and could be facing attempted murder charges.
According to the LA Times:
Joshua Waring, son of former “Real Housewives of Orange County” star Lauri Peterson, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in the shooting of a man in Costa Mesa early Monday, authorities said.
The arrest occurred hours after the shooting, following a police chase in Santa Ana, according to Costa Mesa police. Police allege that Waring, 27, shot a 35-year-old man in the lower torso around 2:30 a.m. at the man’s home in the 2900 block of Babb Street.
According to the LA Times report, when the police arrived at the victims house, Josh had fled in a stolen BMW SUV. When the officers pursued Josh, he crashed the SUV and attempted to flee police on foot where he was caught and taken into custody.
Josh was booked for ” Orange County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder, vehicle theft, felony evading police, hit-and-run and assault and battery. His bail was set at $1 million.”
Josh has had numerous run ins with the law despite Lauri quitting RHOOC to try to get him some help in 2008.
The LA Times story reports:
Most recently, he pleaded not guilty in May to felony drug and forgery charges that included possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.
In 2008, Waring pleaded guilty to three felony counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and six misdemeanors related to drug use or possession.
Court records show he also has pleaded guilty to misdemeanors including hit-and-run in 2008, battery in 2009, possession of drug paraphernalia in 2009 and resisting a peace officer and drug possession in 2015.
After a long struggle with a variety of serious drugs and numerous arrests, Lauri has adopted Josh’s daughter and is the permanent guardian. The child’s mother is apparently equally unable to care for the child.
Thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family as well as Josh’s family as they cope with this horrific ordeal.