After residents returning home at 10 am last Friday to their house on the 500 block of Buck Avenue in north central Vacaville observed a stranger in their back yard, they contacted police, and one suspect was arrested.
First there was short chase before officers contacted Ben Sapp, 19, at an apartment complex on nearby Monte Vista Avenue, police stated in a press release.
At first, Sapp tried to assume the identities of other persons via false documents, police said. But officers soon positively identified Sapp, connected him to the prowler sighting, and took him into custody. After his arrest, Sapp’s true identity was confirmed. Officers also found a small amount of methamphetamine in his pants pocket.
The California Highway Patrol also identified Sapp as one of several subjects who had run when its officers pulled a car over in Vacaville on February 13. Vacaville Police further stated in the press release that it was not clear what Sapp’s motives for prowling in the backyard of the Buck Avenue residence were, or whether he was connected to several previous burglaries in the area.
Sapp had also been arrested with three other men on January 9 in the area of Peabody Road and California Drive at Al Patch Park, for carrying a loaded firearm in public. His record also shows an arrest in July of last year when he and another young man were stopped by Fairfield police. He was charged at that time for possession of a controlled substance and committing a felony while out on bail.
The Reporter: Vacaville man, 19, tied to prowling, fleeing incidents