Sexual battery suspect in custody after video shows woman being assaulted near UC Irvine

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Wednesday, June 14, 2023
Sexual battery suspect in custody after video shows assault near UCI
A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the sexual battery of a woman in an incident that was captured on video near the main campus of UC Irvine, authorities said.

IRVINE, Calif. (KABC) -- Irvine police have arrested a 23-year-old Beaumont man that they say was seen in a video approaching a woman from behind in a parking lot near UC Irvine, then grabbing and groping her.

Brandon Dybdahl, 23, of Beaumont was arrested at a home in Laguna Hills for the sexual battery that was seen in a disturbing video, Irvine police say.

Investigators say a woman was doing exercise laps in a parking lot near Scholarship and Graduate on June 10 when a man approached her from behind. He is seen restraining and groping her before fleeing in a white Nissan Sentra sedan.

A disturbing assault near the University of California Irvine was caught on video and police are seeking the public's help in finding the suspect.

Officials were able to track the vehicle linked to the assault, finding it near a residence in Laguna Hills around 7 a.m. Wednesday. They found Dybdahl inside and say he made statements connecting him to the sexual battery.

Anyone with information the case is urged to contact police Detective Mahmood at (949) 724-7244 or email: