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Calif. mayor attacked on street, appears random, police say

John Taylor, the mayor of San Juan Capistrano
CBS Los Angeles
(CBS) SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. - The mayor of San Juan Capistrano, John Taylor, is recovering after being beaten up while walking with his wife over the weekend, in a seemingly random attack, CBS Los Angeles reports.

Taylor and his wife were leaving a Christmas event around 11:30p.m. Saturday when the attack happened, Orange County Sheriff's Department officials said.

As Taylor and his wife moved to the side, Taylor was punched in the face and knocked to the ground by two heavy-set Hispanic suspects, CBS Los Angeles reports.

The men continued to punch him and kick Taylor in the head as his wife screamed and tried to help her husband, officials said.

No property was taken and the incident is not being investigated as a robbery, the station says.

Taylor was treated and released from a local hospital for face and head contusions. His wife was not injured in the incident, sheriff's officials said.

Deputies are investigating the attack and do not believe it was linked to Taylor's position as mayor of San Juan Capistrano, a city of roughly 35,000 people about 30 miles south of Anaheim.

No arrests have been made.

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