On Tuesday, July 28th, the Chico Police Department took a man into custody after establishing that he matched the description of an elder abuse suspect. Officers said that 55-year-old Randy Douglas assaulted an older person at Depot Park, Chico, California.
The CPD said that at about 11:47 p.m., officers responded to a call from the male victim who informed them of getting attacked by two men. The preliminary questioning uncovered that the person was sitting on a bench at the park at 431 Cedar Street when two men approached him.
The victim said that at least one of his assailants punched him, leading to several non-life-threatening injuries. The officers then searched the park and located Douglas. The police said that apart from matching the description of one of the suspects, evidence collected at the assault site linked the man to the offense.
Douglas is facing a charge of elder abuse, and there’s currently no information on the identity or whereabouts of the second suspect. Under California law, a person would be guilty of the offense if he or she physically, psychologically, or sexually abused a senior citizen.
Most elder abuse cases stem from caregivers, and it occurs in institutional settings, particularly long-term care centers, nursing homes, and skilled nursing centers. Family members, spouses, or children of the victims can also commit the offense. Prosecutors try it as a misdemeanor or felony, and a convicted person faces time in county jail or state prison and payment of a fine.
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