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Parents concerned with park safety after disturbing arrest

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Feb 24 2014 09:22:23 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 24 2014 09:23:39 PM CST
OROVILLE, Calif. -

Parents are on edge in Oroville after a man was arrested accused of trying to lure a 4-year-old girl, and possibly other children into his minivan.

"If you leave your child unattended, you're leaving them to the wolves." - Concerned grandparent


Police arrested 67-year-old Edward Sylva Sunday afternoon.

On Friday, Oroville police said Sylva asked a 4-year-old girl to come into his purple van at USA Park so she could go to the bathroom.

The girl screamed and alerted her mother.

On Saturday, the same young girl witnessed Sylva back near same the playground.

Other parents confronted Sylva, even snapping a photo of his license plate.

Sylva fled, but was later found near the Nelson Sports Complex.

"Predators are looking for the child that is left unattended or vulnerable,” said park visitor and grandmother, Cindy Peters. “That's what they look for. If you stay with your child, they are not going to disturb your child. If you leave your child unattended, you're leaving them to the wolves."

Oroville police said that Sylva was known to be a frequent visitor at the downtown parks and fields as well as the Nelson Sports Complex where he was arrested.

The Oroville Police Department said no more victims have come forward in the past 24 hours.

However, they do believe there could be other victims.

If you have any additional information about this case, you're asked to give Oroville police a call at 530-538-2448.