A homeless man who allegedly slapped two pre-teen girls as they walked down a Roseville street on Sunday was arrested by police officers, who were assisted by two citizens.
Roseville police said that the two girls, ages 11 and 12, were walking about 1:15 p.m. Sunday on Estates Drive near Folsom Road, not far from the Roseville Square Shopping Center, when Dillon Charles Faris, 29, approached them and allegedly slapped their faces.
The girls were shaken by the unprovoked attack by the stranger, but didn’t need medical assistance. Police were initially aided by a female motorist who saw the girls being slapped as she drove by the scene.
The motorist called to report the incident and provided a good description of the man, which allowed an officer to quickly find a possible suspect, according to police. The motorist also followed the girls to their home, which was nearby, and made sure a parent was aware of what occurred.
Another citizen also was instrumental in the arrest. The first officer to speak to Faris in nearby Royer Park was alone. Other officers were on the way.
Faris punched the officer and began to flee. A citizen saw what happened and took off after Faris, taking him to the ground and helping to restrain him until the officer could apply handcuffs.
Faris was arrested on suspicion of child abuse for allegedly slapping the girls and resisting arrest.