Angels Camp Police say officers were sent to the Save Mart Supermarket on South Main Street Sunday afternoon after a transient was reported to have been touching people inside the store.
The manager of the store told police that the transient, later identified as 46-year-old Leon Dyken, had reached out to two young children and tried to tickle them. Dyken reportedly didn’t know the children or their mother.
Dyken, who is said to have been drunk was followed out of the store by the manager before police arrived. Police say officers had to restrain Dyken has he was being arrested because he kept struggling. Dyken even tried to twist his body so that his handcuffs would be in front, according to a news release from police.
The mother and her two children had already left when officers arrived.
Officers say a man matching Dyken’s description was seen with a knife at a Burger King restaurant earlier in the day. The man was gone by the time police showed up.
Dyken was booked into jail on charges of annoying or molesting children, resisting arrest, public intoxication and bringing narcotics into a jail, after officers found him with tobacco mixed with marijuana.