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CA- Police Say Wanted Sex Offender Kills Self

6-13-2008 California:

Billy Potts Accused Of Kidnapping, Assault

STOCKTON, Calif. -- A man who told police he was wanted sex offender Billy Potts shot himself to death on Friday morning, authorities said.

Potts was accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl earlier this week.

Authorities said Potts was confronted by a police officer. Potts then turned a gun on himself, police said. ..NewsSource.. by


Person of Interest in Stockton Amber Alert Found Dead

STOCKTON, CA - A man who fatally shot himself by the delta in San Joaquin County Friday morning was the person of interest in a Stockton Amber Alert incident Thursday, the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office confirmed.

Billy Don Potts, 71, was found when a California Highway Patrol officer stopped to check on a van stopped on Empire Tract Road northwest of Stockton. The officer approached the van to check on the welfare of the individual who was inside and that person said he was fine, said CHP spokesman Adrian Quintero. A short time later, the officer heard a gunshot. Re-approaching the van, the officer found the man inside dead of a gunshot, Quintero said.

Although the CHP officer didn't know it at the time, the van matched a description of one authorities were looking for in connection with the alleged abduction.

The sheriff's office confirmed the dead man was Potts, wanted in connection with the Amber Alert issued Thursday morning for a 12-year-old Stockton girl. The girl returned home, visibly unharmed, early Thursday afternoon.

The girl has since been placed with child protective services, said sheriff's spokesman Deputy Les Garcia.

Investigators said that Potts, a registered sex offender was living with the girl's family. It's believed Potts planned taking the girl because he had the van, Garcia said. His other vehicle was found abandoned Thursday morning.

Investigators believe Potts used the van to drive the victim around. Garcia also said Potts dropped off the girl to her home Thursday because he may have known that authorities were looking for the two.

According to the girl's mother, Potts and her daughter left about 7 Wednesday night to go to a Food 4 Less in east Stockton. They didn't return. The mother first reported her daughter missing to authorities on Thursday morning. ..News Source.. by News10 KXTV

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