Police Thursday confirmed that a 43-year-old man arrested by sheriff’s deputies in West Hollywood is suspected of committing an unprovoked attack a couple of hours earlier in Hollywood that left a senior citizen with serious injuries.
The victim, whose name and exact age were withheld, was attacked about 8 a.m. Oct. 20 in the 800 block of North La Brea Avenue, about a block north of Melrose Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
Police had released security video of the attack and sought public help to identify the suspect.
“The suspect approached the elderly victim from behind and struck him in the face with a backpack without any provocation,” according to an LAPD statement. “The victim fell onto the ground from the impact, sustaining serious injuries.”
The video shows the suspect appearing to menace the victim with a backpack as the two passed one another on the sidewalk.
The suspect then turned, followed and, with both hands on the backpack, hit the unsuspecting victim with it, causing him to collapse. The suspect then continued walking in the direction he was originally going.
He was identified as Dale Shoner, who arrested by sheriff’s deputies about 10:20 a.m. in the area of Santa Monica Boulevard and Spalding Avenue, less than three hours after the Hollywood attack.
Shoner was booked on suspicion of making criminal threats and assault with a deadly weapon, with bail set at $190,000, and is now facing additional charges in connection with the Hollywood attack, according to the LAPD.
According to Fox11, a videographer who saw the security video of the violent attack that was broadcast Wednesday night came forward with video that he took of a man being arrested by deputies in West Hollywood for an unspecified crime that occurred hours after the Hollywood assault.
Anyone with information on the case was urged to call (213) 922-8231 to speak with Wilshire Area detectives Mayer or Nunez. After-hours or weekend calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS.