Son of Former 'Real Housewives of Orange County' Star Lauri Peterson Arrested on Suspicion of Attempted Murder
By Jackie Willis
Josh Waring, the son of former Real Housewives of Orange County star Lauri Peterson, was arrested early Monday morning on suspicion of attempted murder, ET can confirm.
According to a press release from the Costa Mesa Police Department, the arrest was made after police in Costa Mesa, California, received word that a man was shot in his lower torso. Police say that while the victim's injuries are serious, he is expected to survive.
Witnesses at the scene of the crime identified Waring as the suspected shooter, and officials say he left in a 2011 BMW X3 SUV, which in turn was reported stolen. Police located Waring and approached him, but he attempted to flee in the vehicle. After getting into a car crash, police say Waring abandoned the vehicle and took off on foot. He then attempted to hide at a nearby business, but after a brief standoff, he surrendered to law enforcement.
Waring was arrested for attempted murder, vehicle theft, felony evading, hit and run and assault and battery. While police say they found evidence in the BMW that could be linked to the attempted murder, the gun used in the crime has not been found.
Peterson appeared on the first four seasons of RHOC, and in that time, spoke about her son's run-ins with the law. In season three, she moved her family into boyfriend (and now husband) George Peterson's home, but Waring did not join them as he has faced some problems upon leaving rehab. He did, however, attend her wedding. Peterson and her husband also later announced that they had adopted Waring's daughter.
"As most of the viewers know, I have a son and he's had just a lot of challenges. And he and his wife had a baby almost three years ago. He's really struggling and, well, they're both really struggling," she told Bravo's The Daily Dishin 2015. "And so [my husband] George and I elected to help out and we actually adopted Kennedy, and so we're raising her."
The next season, Peterson announced that she needed to leave the show for family reasons.