UPDATE 4/11/2018 3:35 p.m.
Chico Calif.—According to Chico Police, officers located the suspect in this case.
An interview with the victim positively identified the suspect.
The suspect was placed under arrest, and taken to the Chico Police Department holding facility.
During the investigation officers were able to corroborate evidence with a statement given by the suspect.
The suspect denied allegations of anything besides petting the victim’s dog at the Circle K convenience store.
The victim admitted she had fabricated her story beyond the suspect petting her dog.
The victim said that the suspect’s actions caused her to be scared.
The suspect was released.
No further action will come in this case.
Chico Calif.-- Not all heroes wear capes, and one Chico family's dog certainly doesn't.
Thanks to Debo, a 12-year-old girl is home with her family today after she says a homeless man tried to grab her while she was walking him in Chico on Sunday.
At 8:30 Sunday evening, 14-year-old Raylee Miller was sitting on the porch, drawing, while her sister went to the gas station a couple of blocks away.
“All of the sudden I see my mom and my dad running out of the house and I’m asking what's going on and I just see my sister crying,” Miller said.
She says her 12-year-old sister was walking home on 12th street, and when she was a couple of houses away, a local homeless man tried to grab her.
“I was honestly surprised and kind of felt stupid of myself because I should have gone with her as the older sister.”
Luckily, she brought the family dog with her, an almost one and a half year-old boxer named Debo.
“I’m pretty sure that was the smartest thing because when the man tried to grab her, he snapped at him.”
The family says Debo went into full protection mode and growled and snapped at the man, allowing Miller’s sister to run home and tell her family what happened.
Chico police commander Billy Aldridge says, for the most part, people are safe walking around the streets of Chico.
“You just never know when you're going to get some predator who is out there looking for a victim, an easy victim,” he said.
He says they can't confirm it was an attempted kidnapping, but at the very least it's classified as annoying or molesting a child.
“This is an attempt to doing something to a kid that you shouldn't have been doing: whether it's talking to them in a certain manner or trying to touch them in a certain manner.”
That's classified as a misdemeanor.
Aldridge asks people to trust the police department; he understands things like this happen, but says they are out there every day doing the best they can.
“When something of this nature comes up, we're certainly going to follow up on every lead and track it down until the end.”
He says the man who they believe is the suspect is a homeless person they deal with pretty regularly and know who he is, and says they will definitely find and arrest him very soon.