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Man held after trying to get into Ryan Seacrest's car

September 17, 2009 |  9:40 pm

A Lakewood man has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a security guard who tried to stop him from getting into a car with "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest after he made a charity appearance at an Orange County hospital, police said today.152835

Seacrest was signing autographs Tuesday afternoon after leaving Children's Hospital of Orange County. One of those who got a signature was Chidi Benjamin Uzomah Jr., 25, said Sgt. Dan Adams of the Orange Police Department.

As Seacrest got into his car, Uzomah allegedly tried to enter the vehicle but was stopped by security guards. Seacrest took off as a scuffle broke out between the suspect and the guards, Adams said. 

"Ryan pulled away as the thing started," Adams said. "He wasn't involved and didn't see anything."

The suspect allegedly choked one of the guards, who nearly became unconscious.

Uzomah was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon or force likely to cause great bodily injury, and is expected to be arraigned in court Friday morning, Adams said.

It was unclear why the suspect allegedly tried to get into the vehicle. "We still don't know a motive," Adams said. "He didn't really give us any."

—Robert J. Lopez

Photo: Ryan Seacrest

Credit: Associated Press