Suspect arrested in random attack on elderly man in Hollywood

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A man wanted by LAPD in a random attack on an elderly man in Hollywood has been identified - and it turns out he had been arrested by sheriff's deputies for a similar incident the same day.

The suspect was identified as Dale Shoner, 43.

He allegedly was the suspect seen on video attacking a random elderly man on a Hollywood sidewalk, using his backpack to hit him on the head and knock him to the ground.

That assault occurred Oct. 20 around 8 a.m. on North La Brea Avenue.

Just about two hours after that assault, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies based in West Hollywood arrested Shoner for a different alleged assault at Santa Monica Boulevard and Spalding Avenue.

The two agencies did not make the connection until after the Los Angeles Police Department put out a public release and surveillance video on the Hollywood incident on Wednesday.

Shoner is being held on $190,000 bail on charges that include robbery, criminal threats and assault with a deadly weapon.
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