Online date arrangement leads to assault, auto theft on New Year's Eve


Anaheim Police said the victim arranged a date through an online dating service for New Year's Eve at about 9 p.m. with Alexis Songbryd, 20. The victim drove to the 800 block of South Cornwall Drive in Anaheim to meet Songbryd. Upon arrival, he was allegedly confronted and assaulted by DeJohn Mitchell, 20, and Donnis Grimes, 21.

The two men assaulted the victim with a knife and simulated a handgun, according to police. The victim was forced to drive to multiple ATMs in Anaheim to withdraw cash before he was kicked out of the vehicle and left on the street as the suspects drove away.

The victim was beaten severely, police said, and was treated at Western Medical Center for a broken nose and several broken facial bones.

Detectives identified Mitchell, Grimes and Songbryd as suspects in the case. The stolen vehicle was located and recovered in Westminster on Wednesday, and all three suspects were arrested.

The three suspects were held at the Anaheim Police Department Detention Facility on $1 million bail each. They are scheduled for arraignment on Friday in Fullerton.

Police believe Mitchell, Grimes, and Songbryd have committed this type of crime before, and are asking for anyone with additional information or anyone who might have been a victim and who has not reported it to contact the Anaheim Police Department. Robbery Detail Sergeant Rich La Rochelle can be reached at (714) 765-1528 or

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