Redding Police arrest man released from prison five days ago

Redding Police Officials say they arrested a man just five days after he had been released from state prison because of coronavirus concerns.

Posted: Apr 18, 2020 10:04 AM

REDDING, Calif. - Redding Police Officials say they arrested a man just five days after he had been released from state prison because of coronavirus concerns.

Officials say this occurred on Saturday, April 18 at 2:21 a.m., officers from the Redding Police Department responded to the 800 block of State Street on the report of a white male subject prowling near a residence in the area. 

Police say while officers were en route to the call for service, the reporting party informed the Shascom 911 dispatcher that the male subject was trying to get into the residence by repeatedly banging on the front door while aggressively manipulating the locked door handle.

Officers say they arrived on scene and located Anthony Parks, 31, of Shasta Lake City, in front of the residence. Officers immediately observed that Parks displayed the signs and symptoms of being under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant.

An investigation of the incident revealed that Mr. Parks had prowled through several residential yards prior to being contacted by the Redding Police Department. Officers further determined that Mr. Parks was on Post Release Community Supervision for violation of Penal Code 422- Criminal/Terrorist Threats and Penal Code 21310- Possession of Concealed Dirk/Dagger, and his release from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) had been expedited as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officials say Anthony Parks had been out of CDCR custody for 5 days prior to this incident and is one of approximately 50 CDCR inmates who are in the process of being released to Shasta County from the state prison system as a “protective measure” to slow the spread of the Coronavirus within the state prison system.

Anthony Parks was ultimately booked into the Shasta County Jail for Prowling and for violating the terms of his Post-Release Community Supervision.

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