Anaheim Police Department Criminal Investigation Detectives have identified and arrested Ivory Julian Anderson Jr. connection to two unprovoked assaults in the city of Anaheim.

On Thursday, March 3, 2022, at 6:15 p.m., an Anaheim Central Library employee was assaulted in an unprovoked attack captured on surveillance video.

The clerk walked through the main entrance to the library when approached by the suspect. Without provocation, the suspect got in the way of the victim and punched him once.

The library worker, whose name is withheld to protect his privacy, fell backwards and hit his head on the tiled floor, knocking him unconscious. He suffered a laceration to the back of his head which required transport and treatment to an area hospital. The library worker has recovered and is back to work.

Video footage of the assault was released on APD’s social media platforms and with its media partners.
Following the press release, detectives were contacted and learned that a similar incident, involving the same suspect, had occurred at a Target store, located in 101 S. Euclid Street, in the city of Anaheim. This incident happened on the same day, March 3, 2022, two hours before the library incident.

In this incident, a Target customer was standing near a store cash register, when the suspect forcibly pushed the victim for no apparent reason. Shortly after, the suspect began chasing the victim around the store.

As part of the investigation, APD detectives generated a “Be a Lookout” flyer and disseminated information about the suspects to Anaheim Police Department patrol officers.

On the evening of Friday March 25, 2022, APD officers were proactively patrolling the area of Broadway and Manchester Avenuein the city of Anaheim, when they located a man matching the description of the assault suspect.

The man, who is described as homeless, has been arrested and detectives have responded to continue the investigation. During the investigation, the suspect admitted to both the assault at the library and the Target store.

He was sentenced to Orange County Jail for assault causing grievous bodily harm.