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Chico Police Use Twitter to Help Make Arrest

Published On: Feb 21 2013 09:12:19 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 21 2013 11:01:24 PM CST
CHICO, Calif. -

Chico Police have arrested an 18-year-old man who they believe beat up a Bay Area teen in Chico nearly two weeks ago.

Authorities and KRCR News Channel 7 obtained a tweet from Rodney Freeman which stated, "I literally collapsed half of someone's face last night... #newsoftheday".

This came out one day after authorities say Freeman attacked 19-year-old Daniel Chesterman, leaving him seriously hurt and his family fuming.

“This kid obviously doesn't care [about] what he did,” said Daniel’s father, David Chesterman.

Chico Police used the tweet and other leads to arrest Freeman.

“The suspect appeared to make a confession as far as ‘literally collapsed half of someone's face.’ It certainly didn't hurt the case,” said Chico Police Lieutenant Mike O’Brien.

Daniel was visiting his sister in Chico on February 8 when police say he was jumped near the corner of Hazel and 9th Streets.

“He essentially sucker-punched the victim,” said O’Brien.

Police said at first, it was mutual combat but Daniel's parents said they thought otherwise.

“We felt form the start it wasn't mutual combat. It was assault,” said David Chesterman.

The police have charged Freeman with felony battery with serious injury.

“There's going to be some justice. It's not going to fix the damage done to our son. Maybe it'll prevent it from happening to someone else in the future,” said David Chesterman.

Daniel had surgery last week and had four plates and several screws put into his face.

Daniel's parents said he had plans to go to Chico State and become a firefighter, but now his parents are having second thoughts.

“It makes me think about whether Chico is a safe place to have kids go to school,” said David.

Freeman is currently being held at the Butte County Jail with a $25,000 bail.

The Butte County District Attorney said he will be arraigned Friday.