Man claiming to be a door-to-door salesman arrested in Prescott Valley for failure to register as sex offender
PRESCOTT VALLEY - A Mesa man who claimed to be a salesman but ran when a resident offered to call his company and check his employment was arrested Feb. 15 and charged with failure to register as a sex offender, a police spokesman said.
Officers were called about 2:50 p.m. on a report of a door-to-door salesman walking the neighborhood of Ranger Road and Cheryl Drive while wearing a handgun in a holster and running from the house when a resident mentioned calling the company, PVPD Sgt. Brandon Bonney said.
Nicholas D. Dalrymple, 28, of Mesa did not have a gun when police located him but he did have a knife, Bonney said, and he gave officers a false name.
When Dalrymple did tell them his real name, police found he had several non-extraditable warrants for his arrest from Tennessee and Georgia.
"He admitted to lying about his information as he was a sex offender and had not registered in this state," Bonney said.
Dalrymple was arrested and charged with one count of failing to comply with sex offender registration and one count of providing false information to law enforcement.
Bonney said this case pointed out the importance of checking for a "peddler's license," which is required in Prescott Valley. "In this case, there were several likely reasons the suspect did not want confrontation or contact with police," he said.