ANDERSON, Calif. - Anderson Police reports they arrested a male suspect after they say he randomly assaulted a 19-year-old who was walking on South Street in Anderson. Upon further investigation, the suspect admitted he had mistaken the identity of the victim for someone he knew.
Police say that on Thursday, May 14th, at approximately 10:30 a.m., the Anderson Police Department received a call for service that a 19-year-old student of North Valley High School was walking to the school on South Street near Douglas Street when a black passenger vehicle pulled behind him occupied by two male subjects.
Police say a male suspect exited the front passenger seat of the vehicle and proceeded to approach the student. The male suspect proceeded to punch the student twice in the face causing him to fall. The male suspect then kicked the student while he was on the ground and stole the student's wallet.
Police say an employee with North Valley High School witnessed this attack and came to the student's aid, transporting him back to the school.
According to police the student later told investigators he had never seen the male suspect before and did nothing to provoke the suspect. A local business was helpful in providing the Anderson Police Department with surveillance of the incident.
Investigators say they were able to review surveillance and confirm the attack was unprovoked as well as assist in identifying the suspects and the suspect vehicle. Officers with the Anderson Police Department recognized the vehicle as an early 2000's Black Saab that belonged to a known felony probationer who resides in Anderson.
Police say that from further investigation, the passenger in the vehicle was identified as Dylan Graham, 21, of Anderson, who was the male suspect that attacked the student and stole his wallet. Investigators determined Graham believed the student was someone he was having altercations with, but after attacking the student Graham learned it was the wrong person.
Police say Graham was uncooperative with providing a statement to investigators. However, the victim was later able to identify Graham as the attacker from a photo identification lineup.
Graham was booked into the Shasta County Jail for Robbery and Battery with a $100,000 Bail.