Buying a cup of Joe in America’s Fourth Safest City (according to Forbes) should be a reasonably safe activity. But Nick Anas, the executive director of the Democratic party of Orange County, got a little jolt today with his coffee that had nothing to do with an extra expresso shot. Anas was assaulted by a homeless man outside of a Starbucks in downtown Santa Ana late this morning.
Anas made light of the assault on his Facebook page today but not all of his friends were happy about the response from the Santa Ana police. Mitch Star, a Democratic Party activist, reported it took police nearly 30 minutes to respond to the call. Star’s posted this on Facebook:
“At Starbucks with Democratic Party of Orange County Executive Director Nick Anas. I was getting our coffee and Nick was on a call. A homeless man walked up to Nick and just punched him in the face for no reason. It took the Santa Ana Police Department an UNACCEPTABLE 30 minutes to respond. The homeless man is now in custody. It took calls to 2 City Council Members to get the police to respond. The guy at Starbucks said it normally takes an hour and half to get someone there to help when there is a problem. UNACCEPTABLE.”
Star didn’t note which two city council members were contacted nor was the name of the alleged assailant provided and we weren’t able to get any details on if any charges were filed. The bigger question is how is it possible that it took 30 minutes for the police to respond to a call in downtown Santa Ana when so much of the city’s budget is directed towards public safety.
We’re pleased to report Anas is OK and he hasn’t lost his sense of humor over the incident.