Statement from Sheriff’s Lieutenant Alan Nelson
The upriver community is awash with rumors regarding a suspect that escaped and fled from California authorities last week. Although it is true that he was seen in the area, rumors about his breaking into a home and/or committing a sexual assault in our area are not true.
The suspect was befriended and given a ride to Parker by a local resident. This resident notified the Sheriff’s Office about the suspect when he started acting “strange” and requested that he leave his home. At that time the suspect, wanted in California, left the home and presumably the area.
Although the warrant for this suspect existed in California, it was not extraditable from Arizona. That means that if Law Enforcement had located him, there was no legal authority to detain him on the California charges or warrant. Even so, Officers from the Sheriff’s Office, Parker and CRIT PD conducted a search of the area and were unable to locate the suspect, while they tried to obtain authority to hold him for California authorities.
Again, no assault, break-in, rape or other crime was committed in the local area. While the suspect has most likely left the area, anyone sighting unfamiliar or suspicious persons are encouraged to contact local Law Enforcement.