Citizen’s arrest of sex offender who was on Round Valley school grounds (press release)

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MENDOCINO CO., 2/11/17 —  A Round Valley school official performed a citizen’s arrest of a registered sex offender who was walking barefoot around the high school, yesterday. The following information is taken from a Feb. 11 Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office press release. The Mendocino Voice has not been independently verified the information, and all suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

On Feb. 10 MCSO deputies were called to the Round Valley High School parking lot, where a suspicious man had been reported, around 7:45am, walking barefoot on school grounds. While deputies where on the way, Tribal Police noticed a man matching the description in the Round Valley Airport area.  There they encountered Delbert Alford, a 29 year old Ukiah man on active parole.

After interviewing Alford and school officials, it was determined that he was the same man spotted barefoot on school grounds, and that he “had no justifiable reason to be at the school and did not have written permission from school administrators to be on school grounds.” A school official made a citizen’s arrest when this was determined.  Alford was also found to be under the influence of a controlled substance.

When contacted, Alford’s parole officer told law enforcement he “was also not permitted to be in Covelo and was in violation of numerous terms of his parole. A parole hold was issued for Alford based on this investigation.”

He was arrested on charges of being a sex registrant on school grounds, being under the influence of a controlled substance, and for parole violations, then transported to Mendocino County jail without bail.

See the full press release below:

Incident Number:
2017-3824

Crime/Incident:
3056 PC (Parole Violations)

626.81(a) PC (Sex Registrant on School Grounds)

11550(a) HS (Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance)

Location:
76280 High School Street in Covelo, CA (Round Valley High School)

Date of Incident:
02-10-2017

Time:
7:45 A.M.

Victim(s):
N/A

Suspect(s):
Delbert Alford (29 year-old male transient from Ukiah, CA)

Written By:
Sergeant Quincy Cromer #2651

Synopsis:
On 02-10-2017 at approximately 7:45 A.M., Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a reported suspicious adult male in the parking lot of the Round Valley High School in Covelo, California.

School officials reported the adult male was seen walking barefoot in the school parking lot.

When Deputies were responding, they were notified that Round Valley Tribal Police officers had located an adult male matching the description provided by the school officials in the area of the Round Valley Airport. Tribal Police Officers identified the person and awaited for Deputies to arrive at the scene.

The person was identified as Delbert Alford who was determined to be a registered sex offender who was on active CDC Parole from the Ukiah area.

Deputies contacted and interviewed Alford about this incident. It was confirmed that Alford was the same person seen walking barefoot on school grounds.

During this investigation it was determined Alford was under the influence of a controlled substance so he was placed under arrest.

Deputies also learned Alford had no justifiable reason to be at the school and did not have written permission from school administrators to be on school grounds.

A school official was able to identify Alford as the suspicious adult male who was seen in the school parking lot and on school grounds. Alford was placed under citizen’s arrest by a representative of the school for being a registered sex offender on school grounds without lawful business and written permission from the school officials.

Deputies contacted Alford’s parole officer and learned that he was not permitted to be in Covelo and was in violation of numerous terms of his CDC Parole. A parole hold was issued for Alford based on this investigation.

Alford was arrested for 3056 PC [Parole Violations], 626.81(a) PC [Sex Registrant on School Grounds without Lawful Business and Written Permission], and 11550(a) PC [Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance].

Alford was subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held on a no-bail status due to his Parole Violations.

Approved by:
Captain Gregory L. Van Patten

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