A former Redding mayor is speaking out after he said he was assaulted in a city park just feet from the police station.
Early Saturday morning, general manager of the Colts 45s Rick Bosetti arrived at Tiger Field in Redding's South City Park to do some work before the baseball game that night.
“Our home opener got rained out,” Bosetti said. “The field was a total wash, and it was going to take the better part of the day working the dirt getting it going to get the field playable for that opening night.”
When he arrived, he said he noticed a large illegal encampment.
He said he took a photo to send to police, which apparently angered one woman who threatened him and followed him into his office.
“And I get to the door, I put my key into it, I open it up, I step inside and she grabs me on the shoulder and swings the door open,” he said.
Bosetti said he pushed the woman out of his office and locked the door which angered her even more.
“And now I hear her screaming more out there and then I hear smash,” he said. “She'd taken about a ten, fifteen pound rock and smashed my windshield. And then she tells me, that's going to be you.”
Police arrived shortly after and arrested the woman, but Bosetti said she came back later and threatened him and his wife.
He said he's struggled with illegal camping and drug use in and around the park before, but now he feels he has to look over his shoulder when working.
He said he'd like to work with the city to close the park and make it for use by reservation only similar to state parks.
“You give them a deposit, when you're done, it's cleaned up, you get your deposit back,” Bosetti said. “Why can't we do that with city parks?”
Another possible solution, he said, is to bring in more events that draw people to the park.
“That's our goal down there is to have something good happening all the time,” he said. “If we have something good going on there, they leave.”
Bosetti said this is't a problem specific to Redding or the north state, it's happening all over.
And he said he now plans to park his truck under the security cameras to keep a close eye on it from now on.