Dinalynn Andrews Potter
Dinalynn Andrews Potter

OAKLAND -- A woman who jumped on stage and attacked a 72-year-old singer at a Hayward music festival last month after he dedicated a song to slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin has been charged with two felonies, authorities said Wednesday.

Dinalynn Andrews-Potter, 43, of Barstow, was charged with felony assault and felony elder abuse, according to the Alameda County District Attorney's office.

An Alameda County Superior Court judge on Wednesday issued a warrant for her arrest. She was arrested, cited and released after the July 13 incident.

Witnesses said the woman yelled "it's all your fault" before shoving Lester Chambers to the ground. Chambers, who lives in Petaluma, was treated and released at a hospital for a welt on his backside, a bruised rib muscle, nerve damage and soreness, his son said after the attack.

Chambers was performing at the Hayward Russell City Blues Festival downtown around 5:15 p.m. when he dedicated Curtis Mayfield's hit "People Get Ready" to Martin, the 17-year-old shot and killed by Zimmerman. At the time, a Florida jury was still deliberating in Zimmerman's murder trial; they would acquit him about two hours later.

After the song began, Andrews-Potter leapt on stage and attacked Chambers, knocking him to the ground as he sang. The incident was caught on video by someone in audience and later posted online.

Chambers is black and Andrews-Potter is white; family members initially said the attack was racially motivated and pressed for a hate crime charge. That charge was not filed Wednesday but the complaint can be amended later, officials said.


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Chambers was a member of the 1960s soul group the Chambers Brothers, which will be part of the inaugural class inducted into the R&B Hall of Fame later this year, a family member said.

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