North County woman loses tooth in unprovoked attack

OCEANSIDE, Calif. – A North County woman who says she was attacked outside a hardware store is sharing her story to warn others.

Elizabeth Ware told FOX 5 she stopped by the Ace Hardware on South Coast Highway in Oceanside to pick up paint Tuesday. As she walked out of the store, arms full of supplies, a man approached her.

“He said ‘Don't look at me, (expletive)!' -- and then he punched me,” Ware said. The next thing she knew, she was on the ground bleeding.

“He said, 'Don’t ever look at me again,' as he walked away,” Ware recalled. “I’ve never seen him in my life. I did not say a word to him ... It happened so fast, I was stunned."

Ware lost a tooth and still has a bruised lip and cheek from the punch.

“Even rattlesnakes give more warning than this perpetrator did,” said Ware.

On Friday, the Oceanside Police Department said Junior Gabriel Dehoyos, 32, was arrested near the Escondido Transit Center for the attack. Detectives told FOX 5 surveillance video led to his arrest.

Dehoyos is in jail facing a charge of battery with serious bodily injury. His bail is set at $35,000.

“It’s been a scary three days but receiving the news that the suspect is now in custody was a relief to me,” Ware said.

According to jail records, the U.S. Marshals has a hold request for Dehoyos.