Anaheim PD seeks witnesses to random, serious assaults by transient on two men


Anaheim Police on Thursday arrested a transient on suspicion of randomly attacking two men in separate incidents, sending both to the hospital — one with potentially life-threatening head injuries.

Jacob Anthony Smith, a 28-year-old transient, was booked May 31 at the Anaheim Detention Facility for two counts of attempted murder and is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail, the APD said in a news release.

The type of weapon involved and Smith’s booking photo are being withheld due to the ongoing investigation, the news release said.

The first attacked occurred at 10:43 a.m. May 31 in the parking lot of King Pollo, 530 N. State College Blvd.

Moments later, additional calls were received of another assault occurring in front of El Pollo Loco, 1098 N. State College Blvd.

While officers were responding, calls were received from witnesses who were following the suspect.

Officers were able to detain the suspect, later identified as Smith, in the 1400 block N. Burton Street after he ran across the 91 Freeway near State College Boulevard.

In the first attack, a 39-year-old male was seriously injured and was transported to the hospital with head trauma, the news release said. He is in stable condition.

In the second attack, a 37-year-old male suffered severe head trauma and was transported to the hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries, the news release said. He remains in critical condition.

APD detectives are asking anyone who saw any portion of the incidents, and have not already been interviewed, to please contact Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS or by email to