Man sics pit bull on deputy, steals and crashes minivan

Aug 28, 2015 5:30 PM by News Staff

Butte County authorities are looking for a man who sicced his pit bull on a Butte County sheriff’s deputy and then fled the area in a stolen minivan.

According to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy was called to check on a suspicious man at the Paradise Pines campground in Magalia around 9:30 a.m. Friday.

The suspicious man, later identified as Thomas Dean, a transient from the Magalia area, sicced his dog on the deputy. The deputy was bit and had to be treated at a local hospital while Dean managed to flee the area and steal a minivan.

A short time later Dean crashed the stolen van into a black Jeep near the Skyway and Dogtown Road, he continued driving for a short time and then fled into the woods on foot.

A California Highway Patrol helicopter was called to assist in search efforts, and ground crews were able to track Dean’s scent to an area near the flumes, but the scent was lost at nearby road, leading the sheriff’s office to presume he was picked up by a car.

Dean has long light brown hair and has a large white pit bull with him. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call the Butte County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 538-7322.

The deputy is expected to make a full recovery and returned to work after treatment.


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