Anaheim Police detectives have arrested Joshua Robert Dalton, 28, of Anaheim, after he was identified as the suspect on a video that showed him climbing on the hood of a woman’s vehicle and smashing her windshield with his fist. Dalton was arrested around 1:30 p.m. today without incident near his residence. He was booked into the Anaheim Detention Facility for felony vandalism and is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.
At about 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, the victim, a 34-year-old Anaheim woman, was driving in the area of State College Blvd. and Lincoln Ave. when she noticed a white Jeep Liberty or Cherokee following her and driving erratically. The driver of the Jeep drove in front of the victim’s vehicle and forced her to stop. At that point, the driver got out of the Jeep, climbed on the hood of the victim’s car and smashed her front windshield with his fist before returning to his Jeep and driving away.
The victim notified police immediately and reported that she had never seen the suspect before and that the incident was unprovoked. The victim was in her vehicle with a male friend, 49, and her two children, ages 12 and 13. No one was injured during the incident. The victim’s hood was dented and her windshield was shattered, causing an estimated $1,200 in damage. The victim video recorded the incident from inside her vehicle and posted the recording on social media. No arrests have been made and the suspect has not yet been identified. He is described as a heavyset white male who is approximately 40 years old with strawberry blonde hair that is partially balding, and a full beard.
Detectives have released two still images of the suspect and his vehicle in the link below and are asking anyone with information to call (714) 765-1900 or Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS or occrimestoppers.org. Police will not be releasing any 911 calls or video evidence.