Victim fearful after LAPD sergeant arrested in home burglary
A Los Angeles police sergeant arrested on suspicion of burglary is out on bail, and his alleged victim, a San Bernardino County doctor, says she fears for her safety after she used a potent form of pepper spray, typically used to ward off bears, on him.
LAPD Sgt. Lucien Daigle was arrested Sunday after fleeing the Mentone home but crashed his car a few miles away, said San Bernardino County Sheriff's Sgt. Paul Morrison.
"It keeps sinking in that he was a police officer, and it's scary," the unidentified woman told KTLA-TV. "I'm really, really scared."
Investigators said the woman does not know Daigle, who lives in nearby Highland.
The victim confronted Daigle inside her home on Tres Lagos Drive after returning home from a walk with her dogs, officials said. When she saw him, she screamed and ran down the stairs, Morrison said.
She said she then emptied a can of pepper spray on the intruder.
"I could see that he had stuff that's ours in his hand, and I sprayed him with the bear spray," she said.
Authorities said Daigle, 44, smelled of pepper spray. Jewelry, cameras and camera equipment belonging to the victim were found inside his vehicle when he was detained, they said.
After learning that Daigle was released on $125,000 bail, the woman said she opted to stay away from her home.
The LAPD has placed Daigle on administrative leave pending the outcome of criminal and administrative investigations.
Daigle, an 18-year veteran of the department, is the father of six and operates a real estate business.
-- Richard Winton
Image: A map shows the approximate location where an LAPD sergeant allegedly robbed a home in Mentone. Source: Google Maps