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Bluesman's attacker possibly spotted in Barstow
Bay Area authorities seek reported local resident
BARSTOW • The woman wanted by authorities in the Bay Area for allegedly assaulting bluesman Lester Chambers on stage in July may have been spotted in Barstow recently, though local police say Hayward investigators have not reached out to them.
Dinalynn Andrews Potter, 43, was not in custody as of Friday in Alameda County, booking records show. A call Friday to reach the Hayward Police Department was not successful.
Alameda County prosecutors charged Potter, listed as a Barstow resident in court records, with felony assault and elder abuse Aug. 14 for the alleged attack on Chambers at a music festival in Hayward, south of Oakland.
Authorities in the Bay Area have been having a tough time tracking her down, according to an Aug. 22 report from the San Jose Mercury News.
They have contacted police in Las Vegas where she once lived and had just one more lead remaining — Barstow, according to the Mercury News.
A person reported possibly seeing her to Barstow police Aug. 20, according to Lt. Mike Hunter.
That report led police to the 1500 block of West Main Street in Barstow where the person had reported seeing a “White female adult wearing a reddish-orange ‘dirty’ shirt and pants with mid-length brown/blonde hair,” Hunter wrote in an email.
The person reported that the woman appeared to be the same woman from the story that appeared in the Desert Dispatch and Daily Press regarding Potter.
Police were unable to find anyone in the area matching the description, Hunter said. A “wants and warrants check” made at the time showed no warrant for Potter.
Hunter said Friday that a second check in recent days showed a warrant had been entered for her by the Hayward Police Department and she is wanted on $80,000 bail.
Hunter said Hayward investigators have yet to reach out, but if Barstow police identify Potter she will be arrested on the warrant.
The strange incident July 13 during the Hayward Russell City Blues Festival has since made national news and was caught on film by Fuse News.
The attack occurred on the same day that George Zimmerman was exonerated for killing Florida teen Trayvon Martin, and some believe the attack was racially motivated. Chambers, 73, had dedicated a song to Martin minutes before the assailant climbed on stage and shoved him to the ground.
Authorities have said there was not enough evidence to charge Potter with a hate crime.
Chambers, most well known for his work with the 1960s group the Chambers Brothers, recently sued the City of Hayward for $5 million over the attack.
Shea Johnson can be reached at SJohnson@DesertDispatch.com or 760-256-4126.