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Santa Ana lawyer arrested on suspicion of assaulting process server

July 17, 2009 |  4:56 pm

A Santa Ana lawyer who was being served with civil court papers was arrested after trying to stab the messenger with a large hunting knife, authorities said today.

A process server was trying to serve Ralph Gibson Pagter Jr., 49, outside his home in the 2230 block of North Towner Street just before 10 p.m. Thursday. The lawyer confronted the man, threatened him and tried to stab him, said Santa Ana Police Sgt. Mark Kozakowski.

The man fled unharmed and called police, who arrived at the home and arrested Pagter on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. He was booked at the Orange County Jail and released today on $25,000 bail.

Pagter has been an active member of the State Bar since 1984, specializing in bankruptcy law.

-- Tony Barboza, reporting from Orange County