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Alleged 2007 ax attacker acquitted

Posted: November 11, 2008 9:18 p.m.
Updated: November 12, 2008 4:59 a.m.
A jury acquitted Paul Phillip Wolpa of assault with a deadly weapon charges Oct. 6 in San Fernando Superior Court, a district's attorney official said.

Wolpa faced a felony count of assault with a deadly weapon and one charge of criminal threats, a misdemeanor, said Shiara M. Davila, Los Angeles County District Attorney spokeswoman.

Wolpa, 45, was acquitted on both counts.

The District Attorney's office declined further comment on the case.

Wolpa was arrested Sept. 16, 2007, after deputies responded to a call of "an insane person threatening people with an ax," according to sheriff's reports.

Wolpa pleaded not guilty to felony assault charges Oct. 3, 2007 after he was arrested for allegedly swinging a 26-inch-long ax at his neighbor and threatening to shoot other residents in his condominium complex.

A security guard in the condo complex on Vista del Canon reportedly saw the assault and watched Wolpa in his garage, screaming at his neighbor before allegedly picking up an ax and chasing the man through a parking lot between two buildings, reports said.

According to the guard, Wolpa was running between two and three feet behind his neighbor and swinging the ax as he yelled, "I'm gonna kill you."

When the guard ran up and confronted Wolpa, he lowered his ax and allegedly said, "I'm just gonna start shooting people."

Wolpa returned to his garage as deputies arrived, but later admitted to deputies as he sat in a sheriff's squad car, "I just snapped."

Deputies searched Wolpa's home and found the ax on the floor of his garage, and a loaded shotgun in his bedroom closet.


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