Trio arrested by Grass Valley Police after reported fight, theft of street sweeper |

Trio arrested by Grass Valley Police after reported fight, theft of street sweeper

Todd Aaron Mason

Three men reportedly attacked a man running a street sweeper late Saturday night before one of them stole the vehicle and took off. All three were quickly rounded up, however, and ended up in county jail on charges that include carjacking.

Grass Valley Police officers were dispatched to the 2000 block of Nevada City Highway at about 11:40 p.m. for a report of a physical fight involving three men, said Sgt. Clint Bates.

As officers were en route, they were advised that one of the men stole a street sweeper and two men were still fighting, Bates said. Grass Valley Police officers, as well as officers from Nevada City Police Department and the California Highway Patrol, responded to find the victim had detained one of the suspects, identified as Jerry Delgado, 30, of Grass Valley.

One suspect was reportedly seen running behind a fast food restaurant in the 1900 block of Nevada City Highway. The man, identified as Todd Aaron Mason, 56, was detained by a Nevada City Police officer. Mason reportedly had been involved in an altercation earlier that night in the 800 block of Sutton Way, but was not arrested at that time, according to the police activity log.

The third man, identified as John David Peterson, 39, reportedly was spotted behind a fast-food restaurant in the 100 block of Olympia Park Road. After a search, he was seen inside a fenced-off area behind an adjacent business and was arrested after officers forced entry to the area, Bates said. Peterson is the suspected driver of the stolen street sweeper, which was located abandoned behind a gas station in the 1900 block of Nevada City Highway.

The victim told officers he had been working when he got into an argument with the three men because they were making a mess in the parking lot. The trio then reportedly physically attacked him before one of them stole his street sweeper. No injuries were reported by the victim or the suspects, Bates said.

All three men were charged with carjacking and criminal conspiracy, and Mason and Peterson remained in custody in lieu of $200,000 bail. Delgado also was charged with resisting arrest, assault and battery, obstruction of an officer, being under the influence of a controlled substance and possessing drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $217,500.

Contact reporter Liz Kellar at 530-477-4236 or by email at

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