Today’s Date: 09-06-2017
Submitted By: Chief John P. Miller
Phone: (530) 795-2261
Title: Winters Middle School Student Assaulted by Subject.
On 9-6-17 at 7:44 am, Winters Police Department officers were dispatched to the area of Winters Middle School located at 425 Anderson Ave. for a report of a male that grabbed a female juvenile by her backpack as she walked to school. The victim ran to the school office and reported the incident to school staff.
Officers arrived in the area and detained a male who matched the initial description given by the victim. The subject, identified as 69-year-old Winters resident, Steven Thomas Long, denied grabbing or even speaking to the victim. Long was determined to be on active probation in Yolo County for drug-related charges. The victim positively identified Long.
Two additional juveniles were contacted in the school office who stated they saw Long in the area approximately 5 minutes after this incident but prior to Winters Police being contacted. The juveniles stated Long walked towards them but did not engage them. These juveniles said Long was standing in the street acting strangely by waving his arms and talking to himself, so they ran past him and ran to the school office and reported his behavior to school staff, as well.
Based on the victim’s statements that Long grabbed her backpack and physically moved her a few feet against her will, Long was arrested and booked at Yolo County Jail for violating probation and kidnapping, which states, “Every person who forcibly…takes, or holds…any person in this state, and carries the person…into another part of the same county, is guilty of kidnapping [California Penal Code §207(a)].
Winters Police Department contacted Winters Unified School District administration, who sent an alert to parents notifying them of the incident and reinforcing to them to take the time to talk with their children about the importance of being aware of their surroundings and reporting suspicious activity to adults.
The Winters Police Department has always strived to maintain a visible presence in around our schools, especially while students are coming to and from school, and employs a School Resource Officer. The Police Department stresses the importance of immediately reporting suspicious persons so we are able to effectively respond to any concerns and ensure the safety of our community.