Threats and arrows

Man allegedly shoots at park-goer with compound bow

An Oroville man was arrested on Sept. 23 for allegedly shooting at a park-goer with a compound bow and brandishing it at people in a convenience store.

On the evening of Sept. 21, a caller reported being shot at by a bow-wielding man at Riverbend Park, according to an Oroville Police Department press release. The caller provided a description of the attacker’s vehicle, but a search was unsuccessful. At 8:15 p.m., another caller said a man was pointing a bow and arrow at people in a Tower Mart. The man was gone by the time police arrived.

Around 2 a.m. on Sept. 23, a police officer saw a vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s and approached the driver, 51-year-old John Wilkeson (pictured), and reportedly saw a compound bow in the passenger seat. Wilkeson was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, among other charges.