Armed suspect calls for cash from group of children at Murphys park

MURPHYS, Calif. (KTXL) – A man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of robbing a group of children in a park in Murphys.

At around 4:15 p.m., a group of children between the ages of 10 and 12 were approached by 22-year-old Steven Mathew Pitsford at Murphys Community Park, the Calaveras County Sheriff’s office said.

Armed with a knife, Pitsford is said to have told the children to give him their money.

According to the sheriff’s office, the children told the 22-year-old they had no money and walked away from him.

A parent of one of the children called 911 and proxies found Pitsford still in the park.

The sheriff’s office said he was detained in the Calaveras County Jail on suspicion of attempted robbery, willful cruelty to a child and showing of a deadly weapon. He also had an arrest warrant from Calaveras County on charges of wrongdoing.

His bail was set at $ 75,000.

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