David Dodd 1:48 a.m., May 18
Elderly transient released
Seventy-three-year-old man created ruckus in hotel lobby
A 73-year-old man who describes himself as a “transient” admitted felony assault and resisting officers, in connection with a disturbance at a Cardiff hotel last August.
It started when the cleaning lady at the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Lodge noticed a man standing at the window of his room, which overlooked the courtyard, “without any clothes on.”
A meeting in the lobby between the hotel manager and cleaning woman and George Louis Norman did not end well. Norman reportedly cursed the women and spit on them and threw a glass vase. When the manager used a wall phone trying to call 911, the elderly man reportedly ripped that phone from the wall and threw it at the women, who were retreating to a locked room behind the lobby’s counter.
When a Sheriff’s deputy arrived after 3 p.m. that Sunday afternoon, a different guest told her she witnessed a “grey-haired man” kick the glass door of the hotel lobby three or four times until it broke.
When deputies found George Louis Norman farther down Chesterfied Drive, on the corner of Highway 101, it was after 5 p.m. that same day, August 19, 2012. Officers stated he struck them with “a mule-style kick” before he was taken to the ground and arrested.
George Louis Norman admitted one assault charge and one resisting arrest, both felonies, and was sentenced to 180 days and given credit for time served. He was ordered to pay restitution of $1,505 to the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Lodge, and to not enter that property again. He has been released from custody.