Two officers responded about 2 p.m. Monday to Modesto and Harrison avenues regarding a report of a man using a large knife to skin an animal in an open lot between the Snow Flake Drive-in and the Tahoe Daily Tribune building. When officers arrived, they found a man with bloody hands and an almost completely skinned raccoon, according to a South Lake Tahoe Police Department news release.
As officers began talking to the man, he ran from them, heading west on Harrison Avenue, and the two officers gave chase.
Additional police officers and El Dorado County sheriff's deputies joined in the pursuit as the two officers chased the man along Harrison, across all five lanes of Highway 50, then northbound on Los Angeles Avenue to Rufus Allen Boulevard. There the man began running toward the area of St. Theresa's School.
The man jumped a fence into the parking lot area of the school and church, then ran across Lyons Boulevard and onto the baseball fields next to South Tahoe Middle School
Surrounded by responding officers, the man finally lay down on the baseball field and was taken into custody. Police said officers never saw a knife in the man's possession and none was located in a subsequent search of the area.
The man initially refused to identify himself, but investigators later identified him as 37-year-old Kevin Burroughs (pictured). Police said Burroughs is a parolee and a registered sex offender, and had a felony warrant for being a parolee at large.
Burroughs was booked into the El Dorado County Jail on suspicion of possessing a creature unlawfully taken, resisting arrest, failure to register as a sex registrant, being a sex registrant on school grounds and being a parolee at large.