A suspect was arrested Friday night in what police two unprovoked assaults in Anaheim.
According to the APD, Ivory Julian Anderson, Jr. has been booked into Orange County Jail for assault causing great bodily injury stemming from an incident that took place on March 3 at the Anaheim Central Library.
In that encounter, around 6:15 p.m. a library clerk was walking across the building’s main entryway when he was approached by the suspect, who stepped into his path and punched him.
The clerk fell backward and fell onto the tile floor, his head striking that surface. The impact knocked him out and he suffered a cut to the back of his head and was taken to a hospital for treatment. He has recovered is back at work.
The suspect – whose actions were recorded on video – left the library.
Police released images of the attack to news media, and detectives received word of a similar incident involving a man fitting the same description as the suspect in the library attack.
It had occurred the same day about two hours previous at the Target department store, 101. E. Euclid St. in which a customer standing near a cash register was shoved and then chased around the store.
A “Be On The Lookout” notice bore fruit when APD officers in the area of West Broadway Street and Manchester Avenue in Anaheim spotted the suspect and made an arrest. According to detectives, he admitted to both the library and Target incidents.