On Friday, Walnut Creek police detectives presented an investigation to the District Attorney’s Office following the arrest of a Concord man in July. 37-year-old Miguel Schiappapietra is in custody with bail set at $1,370,000.
On July 3, 2022, two middle school-aged girls were approached by a man while they were standing in the Target parking lot at North Main Street and Ygnacio Valley Blvd. The suspect drove a silver Mazda four-door car to their location and attempted to coerce the girls to get into his car with him. The man claimed he needed their help looking for his lost dog.
Both girls refused to get into his car and ran from the location unharmed.
After an extensive investigation, Schiappapietra, a registered sex offender, was identified as the suspect and arrested. He faces two counts of annoying or molesting a child, two counts of contacting a minor to commit a felony, and two counts of attempting to commit a lewd or lascivious act on a minor.
The Walnut Creek Police Department would like to thank Target and its team members for assisting in this investigation. Close ties with the businesses and citizens of the community are crucial in keeping the public safe.
As children return to school in the coming week, this is a good time for parents and guardians to talk to their kids about safety. It is important they understand that adults who truly need help will ask other adults, not children. Please remind your children that if adults they don’t know are asking for help, they should say they’ll ask their parents, then immediately leave the area and find a trusted adult.
If you have any further information regarding this incident or any similar incidents in the City of Walnut Creek, please contact Detective Katie Eames at 925-943-5870 or the Walnut Creek PD main phone number at 925-943-5844.
Walnut Creek Police Department Case # 22-19443
Arrested: Miguel Schiappapietra (37-year-old resident of Concord)
- Two counts: PC 647.6(c)(2) Annoying or Molesting a Child
- Two counts: PC 288.3(a) Contacting a Minor to Commit a Felony
- Two counts: PC 664/288(a) Attempting to Commit a Lewd or Lascivious act on a Minor
Information released by Walnut Creek Police