Veterans cemetery clash leads to arrest when Irvine Councilwoman Melissa Fox claims assault

By Tomoya Shimura

A 28-year-old Colorado man was placed under citizen’s arrest on suspicion of hitting Irvine Councilwoman Melissa Fox with a political sign she was carrying to oppose signature gathering intended to overturn the city’s decision on where to put a military veterans cemetery.

The incident happened around 1:50 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Alton Square shopping center at Alton Parkway and Jeffrey Road, Irvine police spokeswoman Kim Mohr said.

Fox told the Register Monday that she was at the center asking people not to sign a petition. Some residents have recently started to hold a referendum on Irvine’s decision to put a state-run veterans cemetery on 125 acres near the I-5/I-405 interchange. Supporters of the Save the Veterans Cemetery campaign want the city to stick to its original plan and build it on a piece of land north of the Orange County Great Park. (Click here to read the Register’s article about the Save the Veterans Cemetery campaign.)

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