Man Points Gun at Girl Selling Cookies, Gets Arrested

Girl knocks on the door and is greeted by a gun.

John Dodrill, 59, accused of pointing a gun at a girl selling cookies. Booking photo courtesy of Riverside Sheriff's Department.
John Dodrill, 59, accused of pointing a gun at a girl selling cookies. Booking photo courtesy of Riverside Sheriff's Department.

A 59-year-old man suspected of pointing a gun at a girl selling cookies when she knocked on the door of his Temecula home was arrested today.

Officers were called about 11:25 a.m. to the 31000 block of Strawberry Tree Lane to investigate the assault-with-a-deadly-weapon report, said Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Daniel Decker.

“The victim, who is a minor, was going door to door selling cookies,” Decker said. “When the victim knocked on the suspect's door, he opened the door and pointed a gun at her."

The girl's father, who witnessed the incident, called police, he said.

The suspect, identified as John Dodrill, was arrested and the weapon seized, Decker said.

He was being held at the Southwest Detention in Murrieta in lieu of $25,000 bail and was due in court on Wednesday, according to sheriff's online jail records.

--City News Service

Larry February 03, 2014 at 04:47 PM
@Brenda I get it, but my post was meant to specifically go out to whatever "Brenda" wrote the comment, not necessarily you. So, "imposter Brenda" that was meant for you, not "real Brenda" unfortunately I think a person can get an account then go back and change their profile name so it shows up as someone else. might be a site security weakness... not sure
Stephen H February 03, 2014 at 05:01 PM
This loser looks like a real idiot. Glad the girls father was there.
TemecuLangolier February 03, 2014 at 05:23 PM
Ya this loser looks like the Tea Party leader. Pop another pill tea party, pills and pistols and popov! They left out the picture of the trailer.
Steve Newman February 03, 2014 at 07:09 PM
Larry- as you can see Brenda is not the only victim of this fools nonsense. These 2 comments are definitely not mine. Because we all know that Kleiner is not a great guy-maybe gay, but no guy.
TemecuLangolier February 03, 2014 at 10:16 PM
comments will be annoyed, this is the new comment patrol. To Brenda, Alek, Newman, and JJ hicks/Mclure, make your comments count or the community will patrol you. Get it? Keep it classy or this flag will appear next to your comment. I also go by "red flag guy" don't be dumb or I will throw the flag on you. And no you can't challenge, unless the booth reviews it.
Alek J Hidell February 03, 2014 at 11:55 PM
I don't like the idea of this man pimping out his daughter to sell cookies door-to-door. That experience is not compatible with life in this century. Vagrants and beggars stay off my porch. Brandishing a gun is wrong but showing your displeasure at this horrible father isn't.
ChrisG February 03, 2014 at 11:57 PM
Cheri February 04, 2014 at 01:52 AM
Most all schools in any city I grew up in have their children go out selling cookies, wrapping paper, ect. -either to make money for the sport they are involved in- or something as simple as girl scout cookies...which have been around for many generations. The kids win prizes for who sells the most. I was a cub scout leader, and we sold popcorn tins. I would never had allowed my son to go out by himself to do the sales, so what is wrong with a dad watching over his daughter? I am horrified what this man did, and just watched this story on channel 9 news. I am sure this could happen in any city-the deal is the man who pointed the gun-If he did not want solicitors he should put a sign on his door, you can purchase one at Lowe's or Home Depot. This is a very sick individual...and if he could do this-what could he do next? People like this escalate and get worse-He definitely needs more than help. Why do you people have to get all political and look at the real problem at hand here?
NJCHICK24 February 04, 2014 at 11:02 AM
Please provide a follow up story in how we can buy cookies from this little girl and restore faith in community and good will.
Abigail Joseph February 04, 2014 at 10:45 PM
I agree with NJCHICK24. What can be done to make this happen in the community. I live in the community where this happened and would love to volunteer some time to give this girl some high cookie sales numbers and brighten her day!
ChrisG February 04, 2014 at 11:03 PM
You can help by buying Girl Scout cookies from any Girl Scout. It doesn't need to be from this particular little girl. She most likely is not selling cookies any longer.
Abigail Joseph February 05, 2014 at 06:30 PM
ChrisG - your comment is quite cynical. It's okay to think happy thoughts sometimes.
Steve Newman February 05, 2014 at 10:45 PM
ChrisG- she is but I am guarding her- just kidding- but I would if asked.
Brenda February 05, 2014 at 11:10 PM
ChrisG and you were so nice when you first came and started posting comments on the articles. Now you call Brenda names, Steve names, and are just an all around trouble maker and pot stirr'er. So glad you learned from the BEST, HAHAHA ME! Keep up the fine work ChrisG and keep beating the old disabled Brenda DOWN DOWN DOWN or kick out her walker the crazy do good for all.
Steve Newman February 06, 2014 at 11:52 AM
Not Brenda- is this lil Wayne and his band of brothers? "learned from the best"- who could that be. No lol so it can't be our friend. So fess up - who is this masked man-whoever, keep the mask on, help the environment.
SA February 06, 2014 at 03:49 PM
I have no problem with most people answering their front door while armed … Girl Scouts is an organized crime organization … “Eat our delicious or overpriced cookies and get fat or we will continue to ring your doorbell” … I do not blame the man…
Steve Newman February 06, 2014 at 04:06 PM
Sa- that is pretty extreme don't you think. A no soliciting sign is better and will keep you out of jail- remember a crime using a weapon will result in all of your weapons being confiscated.
ChrisG February 06, 2014 at 04:40 PM
@sa, hilarious. Anyone that has ever seen the movie, "Chucky" knows just how dangerous these demon children can be.
karina February 06, 2014 at 04:45 PM
I hope the little girl is okAY..
Cheri February 06, 2014 at 07:15 PM
SA, that is sure a whopper of a conspiracy theory! wow little 7 year old girls selling cookies, to get you fat??? Just do not answer your door, and do not buy them, and you have nothing to worry about! About answering your door with a gun, go ahead- you sound like you have some mental health issues, and you can go to jail too! Get a grip!
TVOR February 07, 2014 at 11:18 AM
Sam, while it may not be technically illegal to answer the door with a gun in hand, it is truly very unusual and very good cause for concern. This is the sort of thing a person with serious mental problems does. A person who behaves this way is very likely to pose a threat to the public.
Steve Newman February 07, 2014 at 12:23 PM
TVOR- you know they guy could have been charged with brandishing a weapon without having to raise it at the girl. Just answering the door with one could make someone fearful- therefore brandishing.
SA February 07, 2014 at 05:44 PM
@Cheri … Haven’t you seen Men in Black when Will Smith takes out “Little Tiffany” for walking in the ghetto with quantum physic books? It is called humor and you may want to try it sometime as smiling does wonders for a healthy complexion … Smile
Sbsp February 07, 2014 at 07:56 PM
CERTAIN people shouldn't be allowed to have guns. Especially people who do jacked up things like brandish them around children. Or try to take their own lives for example. Ps: I like turtles.
Cheri February 08, 2014 at 02:53 AM
Hey SA, you sound like a complete sicko-or you are pretending to be to piss people off! That movie was FICTION...this incident was not, which is telling me you like to rile people, or again you need definite mental health help either way? again it is against the law to open a door with a gun...so it is your choice, if you do not want to get fat-just do not get tempted to buy cookies, just do not open the door!simple and easy, no guns, no fat, no money. Now You can smile, this was a true incident not fiction from a movie, are you not able to tell the difference between the two? Get help if you can't.
SA February 08, 2014 at 11:25 AM
@Cheri Well thank you Dr. Laura for your professional advice, and I shall seek a psych eval and report back to you for a follow-up review… BTW I thought “Men In Black” was based on a true story, so thank you for clearing that one up … Please note, I do not intend to tick anyone off, but come on the perp in this story clearly has some screws loose, was arrested and nobody was hurt… So I am sure the cookie peddler will peddle another day …
Aaron Powers February 08, 2014 at 01:13 PM
After reading some of these posts, they are obviously not teaching sarcasm in schools...
Shripathi Kamath February 08, 2014 at 06:57 PM
What a travesty! Dodrill (R - Isolated Incident) is a responsible gun owner who decided to protect his rights against the Girl Scouts' politically correct agenda for compulsory abortion and of course their gay agenda. What does her stupid liberal dad do? He decides to call the cops on him. Shameful! This is just one more step in the government's gun grab program. Thanks Obama!
Alek J Hidell February 08, 2014 at 08:24 PM
I will go one further, good sir, and state that he was defending his morbidly obese wife from diabetic shock from the CONSTANT badgering by grinning midgets peddling thin mints at his door why their Muslim father provided cover. This man Dodrill is a hero, I tell you. The police have arrested the wrong party.
Cheri February 08, 2014 at 11:26 PM
It is against the law to open your door and point a gun, if it had been a cop at the door, the guy would be dead. If you do not want to get fat, don't open your door, that is your choice- just again don't open door and do not buy cookies, that is all in your own power...then you can not get fat, thats up to you too...nobody's shoving cookies down anyones throat. I do not think anyone needs to open the door with a gun pointed at a 7 year old...I am seeing this story now get beaten to death...the guy was crazy, he should have not pointed a shotgun. If you do not want girl scout cookies get a no solicitors sign...if that does not work just don't answer your door. These are all choices and they are all up to you the way you handle the situation. No more comments from me.


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