Man Suspected of Two Anaheim Attacks Arrested

Handcuffed man behind prison bars

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A man suspected of attacking a clerk at the main Anaheim library and a customer at an Anaheim Target store was in custody today after patrol officers spotted him on a street. He was identified as 32-year-old Ivory Julian Anderson Jr., a transient, according to Anaheim police Sgt. Jacob Gallacher.

Both attacks occurred on March 3. Surveillance video showed a library clerk walking across the main entryway about 6:15 p.m. when the suspect now identified as Anderson stepped into his path and struck him, causing the clerk to fall back and hit his head on the floor, Gallacher said. The clerk lost consciousness and suffered a laceration to the back of his head that required hospital transport and treatment.

Once the surveillance video was made public, police learned the suspect attacked the Target customer about two hours before the library assault. It happened at the Target store at 101 S. Euclid St., the sergeant said. A customer was standing near a cash register when the suspect shoved the victim for no apparent reason and chased the person around the store.  Officers on patrol spotted a man matching the description of the suspect Friday evening while on patrol in the area of Broadway and Manchester Avenue, Gallacher said. Anderson was arrested and admitted to both the assault at the library and at the Target store, Gallacher said.

He was booked at the Orange County Jail on suspicion of assault causing great bodily injury, the sergeant said. Sheriff's inmate records indicate Anderson remained in custody.

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