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Police: Wrong man arrested for grabbing child

RED BLUFF, Calif. – Red Bluff police said Friday they arrested the wrong man on February 5 for allegedly grabbing a 12-year-old’s hand.

Police said they believed it was ____ ____, 83, a registered sex offender. However, ____has an ankle monitor that proved he was not at the scene at the time. Full Article

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  1. Q

    A stranger? Definitely an isolated incident, yet the police are yet again scaring the hell out of the dummies with children with the stranger danger myth instead of actually doing a little work to see if they can identify and capture the suspect.

    This is yet more proof that the registry does nothing to keep kids safe and almost put an innocent man (considering his age) behind bars for the rest of his life. I think society’s thinker is broken!

  2. EnemyWithin

    I was going to make a post about one of the commenters on the KRCR page, but no matter how many times I wrote it, it violated the terms of posting a comment here.

  3. Nicholas Maietta

    I was also accused of a crime that didn’t happen. Luckily at the time, i was wearing my GPS tracking unit. That didn’t stop our former Sheriff from publishing the accusations made against me on the Sheriff’s’ Facebook page which prompted members of my local community to work to violently push me from my home.

    Sadly, i was forced out of my home because i couldn’t protect myself. Having anything turned into a weapon was something that can get my parole revoked and because i was required to be at home at night 12 midnight to 6am, i couldn’t leave when things got bad. I had to wait for a sheriff’s deputy to come out, which became rarer as time went by because they didn’t want to help a person who as attacked by their boss (The sheriff).

    But at least the GPS bracelet when it did work, proved i didn’t commit the crime.

  4. Justice

    Rather disgusting that the news site chose to post the man’s picture and name even though he had absolutely nothing to do with the incident. But can’t say that I’m surprised.

  5. Ostracized Witch

    WOW! Read public comments of full article. The idiots in the general population wants to hang him by his balls…even though GPS proves he was never near this child…the general public idiots base their beliefs solely on his past transgression.

    His debt to society is paid, but not in the court of public opinion.

  6. PR

    Personally he ought to go after them legally for making a false arrest and causing him mental anguish. How tough would it have been for them to have checked his GPS before they made the arrest?

  7. Stephen

    I sent the Newspaper an Email asking why they printed the guys name and photo since he was the victim. Everyone should do the same thing with a lot of these stories.
    Make the reporter look less Qualified.

  8. Eric Knight

    What troubles me is the lack of reasons given that made the police suspect the individual in the first place. What evidence led them to “believe” that he was the suspect? Was it a description given by the child? If so, how did the police obtain the description from the child? Perhaps with a picture of the individual?

    The individual was wearing an ankle bracelet at the time of arrest. Why didn’t the police or DA contact check with the monitoring service before making the arrest? While detaining a suspect for a brief period in lieu of confirmation may be appropriate, how long did he actually spend in custody before this determination was made? Did they have other evidence that would have supported detention for all that time?

    In addition, the paper chose to publish his picture after he had been released following the DA’s exoneration. Why? There is no good reason save for the sensationalism that accompanies anything to do with registered sex offenders. The individual did not do anything wrong, yet he is treated like an alleged suspect, again, after the fact. And the most troubling aspect? If this ididividual didn’t have an ankle bracelet, would the DA have been able to formulate a case that would have resulted in a conviction based on non-existing evidence? This is a chilling scenario that I would imagine needs followup.

    I had actually constructed an email letter to send to the reporters, but I think I’ll try to contact them by telephone instead as this matter needs a bit more interaction. If indeed the Red Bluff police treated the individual with such a lackadaisical approach, the REAL culprit will never be caught, and doesn’t bode well for the citizens of Red Bluff, or anywhere there is a lack of fortitudinal policework.

    • Harry

      I believe an formal type of contact with the director of station is needed. I do not know if this something CA RSOL can do or done through some other module? I think an editorial by the station is needed and it need to run several days. FYI here is the GM info Vice President/General Manager: Andrew Stewart astewart@bontencalifornia.com

      • Harry

        I did sent a E-mail to Mr. Stewart asking him to take personal responsibility in running another article putting this man in a better light and run the reason for RBPD for arresting him in the first place. I told him I will be looking for it. I told him that the TV station and police dept. had put this man and the community in danger.

        • Timmr

          Thank you Harry. I will ask him if he thinks it would also be appropriate to post the mug shot of someone arrested for suspected vehicular manslaughter and later released?
          One of our local news stationed aired a story about someone who was killed by a drunk driver. The deceased had merely been standing on the side of the road, removing graffiti. There was barely a mention of the driver, no name, no picture, nothing, no call to create a law to prevent this, no family members going to the legislature demanding action or we all might be hit by drunk drivers. They portrayed it like it was a natural occurrence, like she got hit by a bolt of lightening. It is really amazing how they select what crimes they want to vilify people for — even like here if the guy didn’t commit it.

        • Harry

          Reply from the TV station on my email to them…

          Thank you for your feedback on this story.

          We appreciate hearing from you. Reading over our story, I see nothing that we reported that was incorrect at the time it was reported. Mr. Latham was indeed arrested initially because police suspected he was the person who did this, and then we reported, quite clearly, that he was cleared of wrongdoing in this particular case because information from his ankle monitor.

          We can and will ask RBPD why they suspected him, but it is not too far of a stretch to gather that he:

          1. Fits the description of the suspect

          2. Is wearing an ankle monitor because he has prior convictions for annoying and molesting a child under the age of 18

          This is information included in our article. There is no further information available from Red Bluff police at this time on what the suspect looks like beyond the original description. We will keep asking them questions, and if there any new developments to report, then we will do so.

          Again, thank you for writing in. We appreciate hearing from you.

          Sincerely,

          Jennifer

          Jennifer Scarborough

          News Director/Anchor

          KRCR News Channel 7

          jscarborough@bontencalifornia.com

          Getting the Facts Right. Severe Weather First.

    • Timmr

      “Sheriff,” said Barney Fife all flustered, “I darn sure should have checked the ankle monitor before I arrested him. Golly. But knowing what he did before, he just looked so guilty. Aren’t we supposed to go by the list? I just don’t get it.”

  9. Mr. G

    I’m blown away with general public ablilty to understand paragraphs after reading the comments from Krcr.

    • Harry

      Mr.G, the writer of these comments need to realize, they can and should be charged with a crime…

      Criminal threats is the crime of putting someone in fear.
      California Penal Code 422 PC defines the crime of “criminal threats” (formerly known as terrorist threats).
      A “criminal threat” is when you threaten to kill or physically harm someone and
      1. that person is thereby placed in a state of reasonably sustained fear for his/her safety or for the safety of his/her immediate family,
      2. the threat is specific and unequivocal and
      3. you communicate the threat verbally, in writing, or via an electronically transmitted device.1
      Criminal threats can be charged whether or not you have the ability to carry out the threat…and even if you don’t actually intend to execute the threat.2

      Penal Code 422 PC is a wobbler, which means that prosecutors may file it as either a misdemeanor or a felony. If you are convicted of the misdemeanor, you face up to one year in a county jail. If you are convicted of the felony, you face up to four years in the California state prison.3 Using a dangerous or deadly weapon increases your sentence by one year.4
      And because a criminal threats conviction is a “strike” under California’s
      three strikes law, you must serve at least 85% of your sentence before you are eligible for release. (Information from Shouse Law Group)

  10. Rob

    I sent a letter to the woman who were listed above the article.

  11. mch

    Latham was originally arrested for the violation and booked into the Tehama County Jail. However, the District Attorney’s office said they would not press charges because of the ankle monitor evidence.

    This pathetic article is written like the police and DA did this guy a favor by letting him go. Another example of fine police work, public stupidity and piss poor reporting.

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