Suspect in Courtroom - Photo courtesy of Gorodenkoff

A 23-year-old man was charged Tuesday with attacking a woman, who police say was assaulted moments after the suspect and victim got off a bus in Santa Ana.

Eric Yiovani Oliveros Chavez was charged with assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, kidnapping and false imprisonment effected by violence, menace, fraud or deceit, according to court records.

The attack happened minutes after midnight Thursday in the 3300 block of West McFadden Avenue, police said. The victim was walking home from work when the man choked her, but he ceased the attack when a passerby intervened, police said.

Investigators believe the suspect had been on the same Orange County Transportation Authority bus with the woman and followed her, police said. Police have obtained video surveillance showing the suspect getting on the bus at Sunflower Avenue and Harbor Boulevard.

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