Children report man offering them candy

Jesus Chavarria

PRPD arrests Chavarria on annoying, drug charges

PASO ROBLES — Paso Robles Police Department officers arrested Paso Robles resident Jesus Chavarria, 43, near Georgia Brown Elementary School. Chavarria was arrested Friday morning for suspicion of annoying a child under the age of 18, being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.

PRPD officers were dispatched to Georgia Brown Elementary School around 7:45 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, after a group of children reported to school officials that a suspicious man approached them and asked if they wanted candy.

Officers quickly canvassed the area and located Chavarria standing on the corner of 34th Street and Oak Street. The school children identified Chavarria as the man who had approached them.

Officers completed a drug evaluation on Chavarria and arrested him for suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and for possession of suspected methamphetamine. Chavarria was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail.

The Paso Robles Police Department would like to commend these children for doing the right thing.

“Remembering, ‘If you see something, say something.’ We encourage parents to talk with their children about personal safety and awareness,” PRPD officials stated. “Encourage your children to stay alert to their surroundings and immediately contact the police department or a school official if they observe something or someone that appears suspicious.”

This investigation is ongoing and any further information should be forwarded to the department at 805-237-6464.

Persons who would like to remain anonymous and have information about this crime or any others are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers' 24-hour hotline at 805-549-STOP or by texting “SLOTIPS” plus your message” to CRIMES (274637).

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