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The Press Information Office is a central location for the media and community to obtain information and press releases regarding the newsworthy events in which the Chico Police Department has played a role.
 

Shooting Incident: Case # 24-003453

Chico, CA – On May 21st, 2024, around 10:05 PM, Chico Police Officers were dispatched to the 600 block of Vallombrosa Avenue for a report of a shooting. Officers arrived on scene and located a victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim’s injuries did not appear life threatening and they were transported to an area hospital for treatment. The victim was in stable condition at the time of this press release.

During the investigation, officers learned this incident was possibly connected to a physical fight earlier in the day near the same location. The investigation also determined a person related to the shooting victim was involved in the earlier physical fight. Officers are currently following up with witnesses and gathering evidence, as well as following up on leads for a possible suspect.

We are asking anyone with information about this incident to please call the Chico Police Department at 530-897-4911 and refer to case #24-003453.

Location: 600 block of Vallombrosa Avenue
Suspect: Unknown
Victim: Withheld
Supervisor: Sgt. John Nickelson
Lieutenant: Lt. Jeff Durkin

Vehicle Theft Suspect Arrested: Case # 24-003441

Chico, CA – On Tuesday, May 21, 2024, the Chico Police Dispatch Center received a call from the California Highway Patrol - Ventura, reporting a stolen vehicle parked near the Olive Garden on Business Lane in Chico, CA.
 
Officers responded promptly to the area to locate the vehicle. During their search, they observed a vehicle matching the description traveling eastbound on 20th Street near the Target shopping center. Officers initiated a high-risk vehicle stop in the shopping center’s parking lot.
 
The suspect, identified as Jesus Belmontes, age 34, was successfully taken into custody. During the investigation, it was determined that Belmontes had stolen the vehicle in Ventura, CA, and drove it to Chico. Belmontes was arrested for vehicle theft (10851 VC), being a prohibited person in possession of tear gas (22810 PC), and possessing burglary tools (466 PC).
 
 
Location: 1900 block of E 20th Street
Suspect: Jesus Belmontes (34)                   
Supervisor: Sgt. Cody Uebelhardt
Lieutenant: Lt. Mike Rodden

Assault with a Deadly Weapon: Case # 24-003429

Chico, CA - On May 20th, 2024 at about 8:30 PM, Chico Police Officers were dispatched to a report of a physical fight in the 1000 block of E. Lassen Avenue. The original reporting party stated the involved subjects were possibly juveniles. An additional reporting party contacted CPD dispatch and reported that one of the juveniles had used a piece of glass to cut an adult male. The adult male victim had contacted the involved juveniles for allegedly trespassing in a nearby apartment complex. All the involved juveniles fled the scene prior to officers arriving.

The victim sustained a small laceration to the forehead as a result of the incident. The victim declined any medical attention for their injuries at the scene. Officers conducted a thorough area check for the involved subjects, but were unable to locate any of them. Officers will be following up on information from witness statements as well as other evidence collected at the scene.

Anyone who witnessed or has information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at (530) 897-4911 and reference case #24-003429.
 
Location: 1000 block of E. Lassen Avenue
Suspect: Unknown
Victim: Withheld
Supervisor: Sgt. John Nickelson
Lieutenant: Lt. Jeff Durkin

Assault with a Deadly Weapon Arrest: Case # 24-003198

Chico, CA - On May 8th , 2024, at about 7:15 PM, Chico Police Officers were dispatched to a report of a subject who had brandished a firearm at another subject near the intersection of W. 9th St. and Walnut St. Officers arrived on scene and contacted the victim, who was uninjured. Through their investigation, officers also learned that prior to the brandishing, the suspect had used his vehicle to intentionally ram into the victim’s vehicle, causing damage to both vehicles. The victim was able to positively identify the suspect as Joseph Cummisky, 23, of Oroville. Cummisky fled the scene in his vehicle prior to officers arriving on scene. A description of Cummisky’s vehicle and a license plate were also obtained. It was also learned during the investigation that Cummisky and the victim are acquainted with one another and that this was not a random incident.

At about 9:44 PM, a Chico Police Officer on patrol in the area of W. Shasta Ave. and Esplanade located Cummisky’s vehicle traveling southbound on the Esplanade. The officer followed the vehicle until sufficient officers were in position to assist. Due to the initial report of Cummisky being in possession of a firearm, a high-risk vehicle stop was conducted near the intersection of Cohasset Rd. and Parmac Ave. The suspect, Cummisky, was driving the vehicle at the time and was detained without incident. A female was in the front passenger seat and was also detained. Cummisky was ultimately placed under arrest for 245(a)(1) PC, Assault with a Deadly Weapon and was transported to the Butte County Jail. The female was uninvolved and was released at the scene.

Location: W. 9th St./Walnut St.
Suspects: Joseph Cummisky, 23, of Oroville
Victim: Withheld
Supervisor: Sgt. John Nickelson
Lieutenant: Lt. Jeff Durkin

Assault with a Deadly Weapon: Case # 24-003048

Chico, CA - On May 7th, 2024 at about 7:15 PM, Chico Police Officers were dispatched to the area of 1950 East 20th Street for a report of a female subject attempting to stab a male subject. Officer arrived in the area and quickly located the female in the parking lot of a nearby business. The female was detained and a knife was recovered nearby. Other Chico Police Officers located the male subject, who indicated to officers he was the victim in this incident. The female, identified as Sequoia Daub, 26 of Chico, was positively identified as the suspect and was placed under arrest. During the investigation, it was learned that Daub had attempted to stab the male following a verbal argument between the two. Daub was placed under arrest for 245(a)(1) PC, Assault with a Deadly Weapon and was ultimately transported to the Butte County Jail. The male subject was not injured during the incident.

Location: 1950 E. 20th Street
Suspect: Sequoia Daub, 26, of Chico
Victim: Withheld
Supervisor: Sgt. John Nickelson
Lieutenant: Lt. Jeff Durkin

Animal Abuse Arrest: Case # 24-003046

Chico, CA - On 5/7/24 at approximately 6:20 p.m., Chico Police Officers were dispatched to the 200 block of E. Shasta Avenue for a report of animal abuse. Officers arrived and contacted the victim, who advised that a roommate, identified as 63-year-old Chico resident Evenlino Hopkins, had taken the victim’s pet rabbit and was causing harm to the rabbit. Officers learned that Hopkins had walked away from the location with the rabbit and was followed by other concerned parties. During the investigation, it was learned that Hopkins had thrown the rabbit into a storm drain on the Esplanade. Efforts by the Chico Police Department and Chico Fire Department
to recover the rabbit from the storm drain were unsuccessful.

At the conclusion of the investigation, Hopkins was placed under arrest for cruelty to animals (597(a) PC). During the arrest, Hopkins repeatedly threatened to kill one of the roommates in their presence, causing the victim additional concern for their safety. An additional charge of criminal threats (422 PC) was added to this investigation based on Hopkins’ behavior. Hopkins was then transported to the Butte County Jail.

Location: 200 Block of E. Shasta Avenue
Victim: Withheld
Suspects: Evelino Hopkins, 63-year-old Chico resident
Supervisor: Sgt. J. Nickelson
Watch Commander: Lt. J. Durkin

Assault with a Deadly Weapon: Case # 24-002929

On Thursday, May 2, 2024, around 7:10 PM, Chico Police Officers responded to an apartment complex located in the 700 block of Nord Avenue for a reported stabbing.
 
Officers quickly arrived in the area and began looking for victims and suspects.  Officers learned the victim had been transported to a nearby medical facility for treatment.  Witnesses provided information that the suspect, Dangelo Maurice Daniels (37), was inside an apartment at the location.  Officers set up a perimeter around the area and began evacuating nearby apartments to minimize the risk to uninvolved citizens.
 
Once neighboring apartments were evacuated, Officers contacted Daniels through loudspeaker announcements.  Daniels exited the apartment and was taken into custody without incident.
 
Daniels was transported to Butte County Jail for allegedly stabbing the victim in violation of PC 245(a)(1); Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
 
The victim is in stable condition and is expected to survive the injuries sustained from the incident.
 
The Chico Police Department would like to thank the Butte County Sheriff’s Office and Chico State University Police for their partnership in safely resolving this incident. 
 
This investigation is still active and witnesses to the incident are encouraged to call the Chico Police Department at (530)897-4900 and reference case number 24-002929.
 
 
Location: 700 block of Nord Avenue       
Suspects: Dangelo Maurice Daniels (37)              
Victim: Withheld            
Supervisor: Sergeant Dane Gregory
Lieutenant: Lieutenant Ben Love

Robbery Suspects Arrested: Case # 24-002909

On May 1st at approximately 11:15 PM, Chico Police Dispatch received a call of a robbery that had just occurred at the 76 Gas Station located at 481 East Avenue. Officers were on scene within two minutes of the dispatched call and contacted the store employee. Officers learned one of the suspects, a male, had motioned to the clerk indicating he was armed with a firearm. A female front passenger was also in the vehicle at the time of the incident. The suspects then fled westbound on East Avenue in a white Ford Fusion. A license plate was also provided to the officers at the scene. Officers then began checking the area for the suspects and vehicle.
 
A Chico Police Officer was able to locate the suspect vehicle traveling southbound on State Route 99 near Skyway. Several Chico Police Officers, assisted by the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife and the California Highway Patrol, conducted a high-risk vehicle enforcement stop near Southgate Avenue and State Route 99. Both occupants in the vehicle were detained without incident. The driver, Michael Lujan, 44, of Oroville and Michelle Adamski, 40, of Chico were both positively identified as suspects. As a result, Lujan was placed under arrest for 211 PC, Robbery. Adamski was placed under arrest for 32 PC, Accessory After the Fact. Both subjects were transported to the Butte County Jail and booked for the listed charges.
 
 
Location: 76 Gas Station, 481 East Avenue
Suspects: Michael Lujan, age 44, of Oroville
Michelle Adamski, age 40, of Chico
Victim: N/A
Supervisor: Sgt. John Nickelson
Lieutenant: Lt. Jeff Durkin

Death in Public: Case #24-002835

On 4/28/24, at approximately 5:30 AM, Chico Fire and Police personnel responded to the One Mile Recreation Area of Bidwell Park for a welfare check. A passerby noticed a subject seated near the restrooms that appeared to be deceased. Medics also arrived on scene and confirmed the subject was deceased. No foul play is suspected.

The identity of the decedent is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification.
 
Location: One Mile Recreation Area, Bidwell Park.
Suspect: N/A
Victim: N/A
Supervisor: Sgt. Mike Consiglio
Lieutenant: Lt. Jeff Durkin

Auto vs. Pedestrian DUI Arrest: Case # 24-002823

On April 27th, 2024, at 5:36 PM, the Chico Police Department responded to a report of a vehicle collision involving a pedestrian near Warner and Ivy Streets. Upon arrival, officers discovered the pedestrian had suffered moderate injuries as a result of the collision. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Lexy Cosper, a 29-year-old female from Chico, cooperated with authorities and remained at the scene. Following a series of field sobriety tests, Cosper was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital for their injuries. Cosper was ultimately transported to the Butte County Jail and was booked for 23153(a) CVC, DUI Causing Injury and 23153(b) CVC, Operating a Vehicle with Blood Alcohol over .08%. Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is asked to call the Chico Police Department at 530-897-4911.
 
Location: Warner Street and Ivy Street
Suspects: Lexy Cosper, age 29, of Chico
Victim: Withheld
Supervisor: Sgt. Tony Ferreira
Lieutenant: Lt. Jeff Durkin

Serial Robber Arrested: Case # 24-002664

Since April 7 of this year, the Chico Police Department has responded to three armed robberies of local businesses in the south part of Chico. During the investigation of these three robberies, which occurred on April 7, April 14 and April 20, the suspect behaviors and descriptions were similar. The most recent of the three robberies occurred at the Valero Market in the 1600 block of Park Avenue, on April 20. The suspect brandished a firearm at the clerk and demanded money. He then demanded the clerk’s car keys. The suspect fled with the money and the vehicle.

In the early morning hours on April 21, a Chico Police Officer located the vehicle stolen during the robbery the prior morning off of E. Park Avenue in south Chico and an enforcement stop was initiated. The driver did not yield and fled in the stolen vehicle. A pursuit ensued and, after the deployment of spike strips, the tires of the vehicle were flattened. A spike strip is a pursuit intervention device that, when deployed, punctures the tires of a fleeing vehicle, minimizing its ability to move at a high rate of speed. The driver fled from the vehicle on foot but was apprehended quickly after a brief standoff.

The driver was identified as 20-year-old Ryan Edward Bradford of Chico. He was arrested for violations related to the reckless pursuit. A subsequent investigation was conducted by members of the Chico Police Detective Bureau. Incident to this investigation, a charge of 211 PC; Robbery, was added to his booking.

The investigation into the three incidents is continuing. More charges will likely be added as the investigation concludes. Anyone with information related to the robberies is asked to call the Chico Police Department at (530) 897-4910.

Location: South Chico
Victims: Withheld
Suspect: Ryan Edward Bradford, 20 years old from Chico
Supervisor: Sgt. D. Gregory S8
Watch Commander: Lt. T. Tupper L7

Town Hall Meeting

On Wednesday, May 1, 2024, Chief Billy Aldridge and the Chico Police Community Advisory Board (PCAB) will hold a town hall meeting at the Old Chico City Hall. This event aims to foster community engagement and give community members an opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions with the police department and advisory board representatives.

On March 15, PCAB launched a Community Survey. The objective of the survey was to gauge the community's perceptions of the police department and help identify areas for improvement and prioritization of police services.

During the town hall meeting, Chief Aldridge and members of PCAB will present an overview of the survey results. Additionally, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions.

PCAB extends their appreciation to all community members who have completed its survey and shared their valuable feedback.

For further inquiries regarding the town hall meeting or the community survey, please contact any of the PCAB members listed on the City of Chico website at:
 
Event Details:
Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2024
Time: 6-8 PM
Location: 3rd Floor of the Old Chico City Hall (441 Main St, Chico, CA 95928)

Arbutus Ave Incident: Case # 24-002624

On April 19th, 2024, at approximately 1:57 p.m., the Chico Police Department responded to the area of Arbutus Avenue and East Lindo Avenue after receiving multiple calls reporting screaming and a gunshot in the area.

East Lindo Avenue was closed for several hours while Officers attempted to determine the source of the noises. Ultimately, no victims were located and the source of the noises remains unknown.
 

Location: 1800 block of Arbutus Avenue
Suspect: Unknown
Victim: Unknown
Supervisor: Sgt. Ferreira
Lieutenant: Lt. Schmid

Officer Involved Shooting Incident

On Monday, April 15th, in the early morning hours, a Chico Police Officer and a Butte County Sheriff’s Deputy were involved in the shooting of an armed subject in the area of Hegan Lane and Huss Drive.
 
Officers and Deputies had been part of a pursuit of a 41-year-old Chico man who was wanted in connection with a Domestic Violence incident.  The man has a history of possessing firearms and had threatened to kill police; he was considered armed and dangerous. Officers and Deputies pursued the man several times prior to calling off pursuits due to speed and overall danger to the public. 
 
In the pursuit leading up to the shooting, Officers successfully deployed a spike strip.  The man’s vehicle was disabled, and the subject fled on foot.  It was then that Officers saw that the man was armed with a handgun.  Officers and Deputies chased the armed man on foot.  As the man entered an unlocked police vehicle, a confrontation between Officers and Deputies ensued, resulting in one Chico Police Officer and one Butte County Sheriff’s Deputy discharging their weapons and striking the man. 
 
Medical Aid was immediately rendered awaiting an ambulance’s arrival.  The man was transported to a local hospital.  The Officer and Deputy did not sustain injuries.
 
The Butte County's Officer Involved Shooting Incident Protocol Team has assumed the investigation into the shooting. As standard protocol, the officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave.
 
The Chico Police Department and the Butte County Sheriff’s Office will release pertinent information as they are able to do so.

Robbery: Case # 24-002329

On  4/7/2024,  at approximately 2:10 p.m., the Chico Police Dispatch Center received a call of a Robbery which had occurred at the Valero Market on Fair Street in south Chico. Officers responded and made contact with the victim, an employee of the store. They learned that the suspect, described as a thin white or hispanic male, approximately 5’8” tall in his 20s, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and a white mask, entered the store and demanded money. The male led with an undisclosed amount of money north from the store toward E. 20th Street.

This investigation is in its early stages and limited information will be released at this time. Anyone with information related to this crime is asked to call Chico PD at (530) 897-4910 and reference CPD Case# 24-002329.

Location: Valero, Fair Street in south Chico
Suspect: Unknown
Supervisor: OIC T. Cox/Sgt. T. Ferreira
Commander: Lt. T. Tupper

Trespass Arrest: Case # 24-002304

On 4/6/24, at 11:45 a.m., Officers from the Chico Police Department responded to a residence in the 1500 block of W. 5th Street for a call of a trespass. The property owner called to report he was not at his home but became aware from a neighbor that someone was inside his house. Police Officers arrived and quickly confirmed that someone was inside the house.

Officers spent approximately 30 minutes calling into the residence for the occupant(s) to come out but no one did. An Unmanned Aerial Device was deployed into the residence and located a man hiding in a bedroom, identified as 33-year-old Kevin Abbott. The man then exited the residence and was safely taken into custody. A second man was located hiding in the residence during a follow up search. He was identified as 31-year-old Jade Flinchum.

Both Abbott and Flinchum were arrested for Trespass and Resisting Arrest. They were transported to the Butte County Jail in Oroville.

Location: 1500 block of W. 5th Street
Suspects: Kevin Abbott, 33 years old, from Chico; Jade Flinchum, 31 years old, from Chico.
Victim: Withheld
Supervisor: Sgt. E. Marshall, Sgt. D. Gregory
Lieutenant: Lt. T. Tupper

Stabbing Suspect Arrested: Case # 23-006539

***** UPDATE 03/25/24 *****
 
Chico Police Detectives continued to investigate this incident. Using physical evidence, Chico Police Detectives identified a suspect involved in the incident, Joseph Hasper (36 yrs old). They learned that Hasper was in custody at Butte County Jail on an unrelated offense. Detectives learned that this suspect had a pattern of stealing tip jars from other businesses and was confrontational when confronted by employees during the theft.

Hasper was booked on Robbery (211 PC), and Assault with a deadly Weapon (245 (a)(1) PC).

Location: 900 block of East Avenue
Suspect: Joseph Hasper (36 yrs old)
Victim: Withheld
Supervisor: Sgt. Nick Bauer
Lieutenant: Lt. Ben Love

***** ORIGINAL 09/29/23 *****

On September 29th, 2023, at approximately 11:10 PM, Chico Police Officers were dispatched to a business in the 900 block of East Avenue for a report of a possible stabbing. Officers quickly arrived on scene and located a subject who was bleeding from his right forearm. A suspect had entered the business and stole an unknown amount of currency from the business’ tip jar. As the suspect began to exit the business, a patron inside the business attempted to prevent the suspect from fleeing. The suspect then produced an unknown weapon and slashed at the patron, causing a laceration to their arm. The suspect then fled on foot. The victim’s injury was non-life threatening and they were transported to a local hospital. Officers conducted an extensive area check, but the suspect was not located.
The suspect was described as a white male, possibly with blond hair, last seen wearing black jeans and black hooded sweatshirt with a yellow or red design on the front of it.

Chico Police Officers are continuing to investigate this incident. We are asking anyone with information about this incident to please call the Chico Police Department at 530-897-4911.

Location: 900 block of East Avenue
Suspect: Unknown
Victim: Withheld
Supervisor: Sgt. Mike Williams
Lieutenant: Lt. Jeff Durkin

Shooting Near Pomona Ave: Case # 24-001837

On March 17th, 2024, at about 8:30 p.m. the Chico Police Dispatch Center received multiple reports of a shooting incident which had just occurred in the 500 block of Pomona Ave, Chico. Officers arrived on-scene and located witnesses to the event and a victim. The victim sustained a non-life-threatening injury during the incident and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The victim’s injury has not been confirmed to be a result of gunfire.

The suspect in this incident is outstanding and unidentified.

The Chico Police Department would encourage citizens with information related to this incident to call (530)897-4911 and reference the incident with case number 24-001837.

Location: 500 block of Pomona Ave, Chico
Suspect: Unidentified
Victim: Withheld
Supervisor: Sgt. Nickelson
Lieutenant: Lt. Love

Three Suspects Arrested after Reported Disturbance: Case # 24-002145

On Saturday, March 30th, at approximately 3:08 p.m., the Chico Police Department responded to the 600 block of West Second Avenue upon the report of a disturbance. Three individuals who had been refused admittance to a party at the location assaulted partygoers, forced entry into the residence, and removed
property.
 
With the assistance of the Chico State University Police Department, two adults and a juvenile were located in the surrounding area and arrested on the following charges:
 
  • Aliya Cassidy (19)
    • 212.5(a) PC
    • 422(A) PC
    • 417(a)(1) PC
    • 594(a)(1) PC
    • 148(a)(1) PC
 
  • Davaughn CORUMGAILLARD (20)
    • 212.5(a) PC
    • 422(A) PC
    • 417(a)(1) PC
    • 594(a)(1) PC
 
  • Juvenile - Name Withheld (15)
    • 245(a)(1) PC
 

Location: 600 block of West Second Avenue, Chico
Suspect(s): See above
Victim: Multiple.
Supervisor: OIC T. Rainey
Lieutenant: Lt. Schmid

Arrests made in the Stansbury Home Burglary: Case # 24-001166

On 2/20/24, the Chico Police Department was contacted regarding a burglary that occurred at the Stansbury Home, a historical landmark in Chico that contains artifacts and historical items.
 
It was reported that thousands of dollars worth of antique items were stolen and the property was vandalized. Chico Police Detectives began investigating the incident. Based on the information and evidence collected, detectives identified two suspects, Sylvia Satara McDaniel, age 33, and Brian Dean Martin, age 29.
 
Detectives contacted McDaniel without incident, and she was arrested on 3/23/24 for Burglary; 459 PC, and Vandalism; 594(a)(1) PC.
 
As previously reported by the Chico Police Department in a press release on 3/21/24, the Chico PD Crisis Response Unit responded to the 1700 block of Vista Verde Ave. in Chico to serve an arrest warrant for Martin and a subsequent search warrant on 3/20/24. During a search of Martin’s residence, officers and detectives located and recovered stolen items belonging to the Stansbury Home.
 
As previously reported, Martin was arrested for being a felon in possession of ammunition; 30305(a)(1), as well as Burglary; 459 PC, and Vandalism; 594(a)(1) PC.
 
 
Location: Stansbury Home, 307 W 5th St, Chico, CA 95928
Suspects: Sylvia Satara McDaniel (33) and Brian Dean Martin (29)
Victim: Stansbury Home
Supervisor: Sgt. Nick Bauer
Lieutenant: Lt. Ben Love

AB 481 Annual Military Equipment Use Report

Pursuant to Assembly Bill 481, the Chico Police Department has made its Annual Military Equipment Use Report available online at chico.ca.us/City-Services/Public-Safety/Police-Department/Annual-Military-Equipment-Use-Report.
 
The annual report includes each type of military equipment previously approved by the Chico City Council, as well as:
  • A summary of how the military equipment was used and the purpose of its use.
  • A summary of any complaints or concerns received regarding the military equipment.
  • The total annual cost for each type of military equipment including acquisition, training, maintenance, and other ongoing expenses.
  • The quantity possessed for each type of military equipment.
 
As a reminder, the Chico Police Department is hosting a Community Engagement Meeting on Thursday, March 28, to discuss the department's funding and use of military equipment. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and will be held at the City of Chico Council Chambers, 421 Main Street.

Physical Fight Leads to an Arrest: Case # 24-002026

On 3/26/24, around 9 a.m., the Chico Police Dispatch Center received multiple calls regarding a fight between two people in the 900 block of East Ave. 
 
Officers quickly arrived on scene and contacted the involved parties. Officers determined the suspect, identified as Ioannis Karatzidis, age 39, approached the victim and demanded his property. An argument ensued that turned physical and Karatzidis attempted to stab the victim, resulting in a non-life threatening injury. The victim was treated and released at the scene.
 
Karatzidis was arrested and taken to Butte County Jail for the following:
  • Assault with a Deadly Weapon; 245(a)(1) PC
  • Robbery; 211 PC
  • Carrying a Concealed Dirk or Dagger; 21310 PC
 
 
Location: 900 block of East Ave.
Suspect: Ioannis Karatzidis (39)
Victim: Withheld
Supervisor: Sgt. David Bailey
Lieutenant: Lt. Mike Rodden

Collision: Case # 24-001994

The Chico Police Department is currently investigating a major injury collision at the intersection of Highway 32 and Fir Street. The collision, involving a single motorcycle, occurred at approximately 3:25 p.m.

The Chico Police Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) arrived on-scene and initiated a detailed investigation. One westbound lane of Highway 32 between Fir Street and Highway 99 was closed while the investigation took place.
 
If anyone witnessed the events leading up to the collision, or the collision itself, we request they contact the Chico Police Department at 530-897-4900 and select option 1, when prompted.

Location: Highway 32 and Fir Street, Chico
Suspect: N/A
Victim: Confidential
Supervisor: Sgt. Ferreira
Lieutenant: Lt. Schmid 

Wanted Shooting Suspect Arrested: Case # 24-000796

On Saturday, 2/3/2024, at approximately 8:04 PM, the Chico Police Department received 911 calls reporting a shooting incident that had occurred in the 2200 block of Maclovia Avenue, Chico. The suspect in the incident was reported to have violated a domestic violence restraining order, made terrorizing threats, endangered children, and willfully discharged the firearm in a grossly negligent manner. The suspect was identified by witnesses as JESUS VAZQUEZ-ENRIQUES (27). VAZQUEZ-ENRIQUES fled the scene and evaded apprehension.

Detectives from the Chico Police Department’s Violence Suppression Unit (VSU) investigated the incident and located supporting evidence of VAZQUEZ-ENRIQUES’ criminality. Detectives obtained a felony arrest warrant for VAZQUEZ-ENRIQUES and continuously sought to apprehend him.

On Saturday, 3/24/24 at approximately 7:15 PM, detectives located VAZQUEZ-ENRIQUES in the 1700 block of Vista Verde Avenue in Chico. Officers and detectives contacted and detained VAZQUEZ-ENRIQUES without incident. Detectives located a loaded, un-serialized Glock-style 9mm pistol (commonly referred to as a “Ghost Gun”) and extended magazine in VAZQUEZ-ENRIQUES’ possession.

Present with VAZQUEZ-ENRIQUES at the time of his apprehension was BRANDON SWIFT (32). SWIFT was determined to be in possession of stolen PG&E tools valued at approximately $21,000. Both VAZQUEZ-ENRIQUES and SWIFT were arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail.
 

Location: 2200 block of Maclovia Avenue and 1700 block of Vista Verde Avenue, Chico
Suspects: JESUS VAZQUEZ-ENRIQUES and BRANDON SWIFT
Victims: Confidential
Supervisor: Sergeant Gregory
Lieutenant: Lieutenant Love

Stabbing: Case # 24-001939

On March 22nd, at approximately 2 a.m., Chico Police responded to a fight at an apartment on the 400 block of Nord Avenue in west Chico. As officers were responding, it was reported one of the involved people was stabbed during the fight. Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a man with stab wounds to the back. The suspects had reportedly fled prior to police arrival.

An area check was conducted with officers and the use of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. Two people were located who may have been involved in the incident. One of the potential suspects is a juvenile. It has not been determined whether either of the detained individuals were involved in the actual stabbing.

This investigation is active and only limited information will be released at this time. The victim of the stabbing was admitted to Enloe Medical Center with non- life threatening injuries.

Anyone with information related to this incident are asked to call the Chico Police Department at (530) 897 4910 and reference case #24-001939.
 
 
Location: 400 block of Nord Avenue, Chico
Victim: Withheld
Suspect: Unknown
Supervisor: Sgt. M. Bass S6
Commander: Lt. T. Tupper L7

Felon in Possession of a Firearm: Case # 24-001706

On Wednesday, March 20th, 2024 at about 8:00 p.m. the Chico Police Department arrived in the 1700 block of Vista Verde Ave, Chico to serve an arrest warrant and subsequent search warrant. The arrest warrant was issued for Mr. Brian Dean Martin. The warrant stemmed from an incident on March 6th where Mr. Martin allegedly fled from a Chico Police Officer during a traffic stop (24-001706). The investigation unearthed information that Mr. Martin was a convicted felon who had been in possession of a firearm at the time of the traffic stop.

Based on research gathered during the investigation, the execution of the search warrant was deemed to be high risk. The Chico Police Dept. Crisis Response Team was deployed in an effort to mitigate risk to the community, officers, and Mr. Martin.

Mr. Martin was contacted and arrested shortly after CRU members arrived on-scene. Mr. Martin was transported to Butte County Jail on the outstanding warrant for being a felon in possession of a firearm where he was held on $35,000 bail.

The Crisis Response Unit (CRU) is a collaboration of our SWAT Team, Crisis Negotiators, Tactical Dispatchers and Command personnel. The Chico Police Department would like to thank Chico Fire and Butte EMS for their partnership in the safe performance of this operation.

Location: 1700 block of Vista Verde Ave, Chico CA
Suspect: Brian Dean Martin (29 years)
Victim: State of CA
Supervisor: Sgt. Bauer S19
Lieutenant: Lt. Love L9

Indecent Exposure Arrest: Case # 24-001867

On 3/19/24, at approximately 8:30 a.m., Chico Police officers responded to a retail business located in the 2000 block of Forest Avenue after receiving a report of indecent exposure.
 
The victim reported that while shopping in the store with her child, she observed a male nearby exposing himself and masturbating. Officers arrived in the area and contacted the suspect, identified as 27-year-old Braden Fields. He was positively identified by the victim and placed under Citizen’s Arrest for Indecent Exposure, 314(1).
 
 
Location: 2000 block of Forest Avenue
Suspect: Braden Fields (27)
Victim: Withheld
Supervisor: Sgt. Ed Marshall
Lieutenant: Lt. Joel Schmid

Embezzlement Suspect Arrested

In September of 2023, the Chico Police Department was contacted by the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and the American Legion regarding two separate embezzlement cases.
 
Chico Police Detectives began investigating the two incidents and found the suspect, identified as Michael Zylstra (59), was the same in both cases.
 
Detectives found evidence that Zylstra used his position of trust with both organizations to embezzle over $69,000 between September 2021 and September 2023. At the time of the embezzlement, Zylstra was the commander of the DAV and treasurer of the American Legion. 
 
Zylstra was arrested on March 14, 2024, for two counts of embezzlement and multiple counts of forgery.
 
 
Suspect: Michael Zylstra (59)
Victims: Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion
Supervisor: Sgt. Nick Bauer
Lieutenant: Lt. Ben Love

Pomona Ave Shooting: Case # 24-001837

On March 17th, 2024, at about 8:30 p.m. the Chico Police Dispatch Center received multiple reports of a shooting incident which had just occurred in the 500 block of Pomona Ave, Chico. Officers arrived on-scene and located witnesses to the event and a victim. The victim sustained a non-life-threatening injury during the incident and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The victim’s injury has not been confirmed to be a result of gunfire.

The suspect in this incident is outstanding and unidentified.
The Chico Police Department would encourage citizens with information related to this incident to call (530)897-4911 and reference the incident with case number 24-001837.
 
 
Location: 500 block of Pomona Ave, Chico
Suspect: Unidentified
Victim: Withheld
Supervisor: Sgt. Nickelson
Lieutenant: Lt. Love
 

Suspect Arrested for Felony Animal Abuse: Case # 24-001564

On 3/7/24, just after 9 a.m., Chico Police Officers were dispatched to the 2000 block of Notre Dame Boulevard for a publicly intoxicated individual in the area. Witnesses also reported seeing the suspect, identified as 42-year-old Fredrick Eder, striking his dog with a glass bottle.
 
Eder was subsequently arrested for felony animal abuse and public intoxication. After receiving an evaluation at a local veterinary clinic, the dog was transported to the Chico Animal Shelter.
 
 
Location: 2000 block of Notre Dame Blvd.
Suspect: Fredrick Eder (42)
Supervisor: Sgt. Ed Marshall
Lieutenant: Lt. Mike Rodden

Wanted Suspect: Case # 24-001433

The Chico Police Department is assisting Chico State University Police Department with their investigation into an incident that occurred on 3/1/24 at 934 Esplanade in Chico.

Chico PD continues to act as a resource and are actively looking for Jose Guadalupe Cervantes-Ayala (24-yrs-old). Cervantes-Ayala has an outstanding felony arrest warrant for Gross Vehicular Manslaughter and Felony Hit and Run Causing Great Bodily Injury. The Chico Police Department urges anyone with information on Cervantes-Ayala’s whereabouts to call the Chico 
Police Investigations tipline at (530) 897-5820, reference case number 24-001433.
 
Wanted Suspect 24-001433
Pictured: Jose Guadalupe Cervantes-Ayala

Vehicle Flees After Traffic Stop: Case # 24-001556

On 3/6/24 at 7:13 p.m., Chico Police Officers conducted a vehicle stop of a black Dodge Charger near the intersection of Forest Avenue and Modoc Drive. The driver initially stopped the vehicle, but as cover officers arrived at the scene, the driver fled in his car. Chico Police Officers did not pursue the vehicle. Moments later, the driver crashed into a parked vehicle at the intersection of E. 8th Street and Kern Street. It was reported that more than one person fled from the car. A search for the vehicle's occupants was conducted in Bidwell Park, but it was unsuccessful.
 
The Chico Police Department is currently investigating the incident and working to identify all occupants of the vehicle. If any members of the public have any information regarding this case, they are encouraged to contact the Chico Police Department at (530)897-4911, reference case number 24-001556.
 
Location: Forest Ave. / Modoc Dr.
Date/Time: 03/06/24 @ 7:13pm
Suspects: Unknown
Supervisor: Sgt. Dane Gregory
Watch Commander: Sgt. Paul Ratto

Death in Public: Case # 24-001527

On 3/5/24, Chico Fire and Police personnel responded to Little Chico Creek near Humboldt Road and Forest Avenue for a welfare check. A passerby noticed the decedent had not moved from their position in a couple of days. Medics on scene confirmed the subject was deceased. No foul play is suspected.
 
The identity of the decedent is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification.
 
 
Location: Little Chico Creek/Forest Ave.
Suspect: N/A
Victim: N/A
Supervisor: Sgt. Ed Marshall  
Lieutenant: Lt. Mike Rodden

Community Engagement Meeting on AB 481

On Thursday, March 28, the Chico Police Department will hold a Community Engagement Meeting in accordance with Assembly Bill 481. The meeting will be held in the City of Chico Council Chambers and begin at 6 p.m.
 
AB 481 requires law enforcement agencies to obtain approval of a Military Equipment Use Policy from their applicable governing body before taking certain actions related to the funding, acquisition, or use of military equipment as defined by the legislature. The Military Equipment Use Policy is subject to City Council review to determine whether the standards outlined in AB 481 have been met, based upon an Annual Military Equipment Use Report.
 
Chief Billy Aldridge has made the decision to hold the community engagement meeting before the City Council reviews the policy to gain input from the community. 
 
Chief Aldridge is not requesting any new law enforcement equipment deemed “military equipment” for this upcoming year. The Annual Military Equipment Use Report will be made available to the public prior to the community engagement meeting.
 
 
Chico PD Community Engagement Meeting

Home Invasion Arrest: Case # 24-001301

*** UPDATE ***
 
The suspect in this incident, Raphael Santa Evans, was transported to the Butte County Jail and booked for suspicion of:
664/187 PC: Attempted Murder
459 PC: Burglary (2 counts)

This incident is still under investigation. More information may be released as it becomes available and releasable.
 
*** ORIGINAL ***
 
On 2/24/24, at 8:06 p.m., the Chico Police Dispatch Center received a 911 call from the resident of an address off Manzanita Avenue on Fair Oaks Circle in Chico stating they were not home but their security cameras showed someone was inside their house. Officers responded and found that the front door of the caller’s residence was wide open. Officers also saw that the front door to the neighbor’s residence was wide open as well. As more officers arrived on scene, a man came out the front door of the neighbor’s residence and charged at the officers, challenging them to shoot him. He was soaking wet and bloody. Officers tackled the man who continued to fight, even after being detained.

While this occurred, Officers heard someone calling for help from inside the same residence. Officers made entry and found the resident of the home with multiple stab wounds. Chico Fire and Butte EMS Medics were summoned to the scene as officers provided emergency care for the victim. He was transported to Enloe Health and is, as of the writing of this release, in stable condition.

The man who charged at officers was placed under arrest and brought to Enloe Health for a medical clearance. He was identified as 39-year-old Raphael Santa Evans. This investigation is ongoing including determining if Evans is responsible for the injuries to the victim. At this point, it does not appear that the victim and Evans are known to each other.

This press release will be updated as more information becomes available.
 
Location: Fair Oaks Circle, Chico
Victims: Withheld
Suspect: Raphael Santa Evans, 39-years-old, homeless in Chico
Supervisor: Sgt. T. Ferreira S4
Commander: Lt. T. Tupper L7

Death in Public: Case # 24-001074

On 2/15/24, just after 4 PM, the Chico Police Department Dispatch Center received a call for medical assistance at the south end of Business Lane in South Chico. The caller reported an unresponsive male near the storm drain at that location. Medics, Chico Fire and Chico Police responded. The male was declared deceased upon Medics’ arrival.

At this point in the investigation, there does not appear to be anything suspicious surrounding the death of this individual.
 
The identity of the deceased is being held pending notification of next of kin.

Location: South end of Business Lane, south Chico
Victim: withheld
Supervisor: Sgt. T Reid S13
Commander: Lt.T.Tupper L7

Vehicle Collision and DUI Arrest: Case # 24-001064

On 02/15/24 around 2:00 AM, Chico Police Officers were investigating reports of a vehicle driving recklessly in the downtown area. A patrol officer spotted the vehicle leaving the area west bound on W. 3rd St. The officer attempted to conduct an enforcement stop on the vehicle as the vehicle entered the intersection of Walnut St. and W. 3rd St. against a red light. The vehicle left the roadway and collided with an unoccupied vehicle parked in a parking lot along the northwest corner of the intersection. Both the driver and passenger fled the scene of the accident. Patrol officers apprehended the suspects a short time later.
 
Duggan was identified as the driver of the vehicle and Lochtefeld was identified as the passenger. Neither were seriously injured in the accident. The suspects were arrested for DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, and reckless driving.
 
Location: Walnut St. and W. 3rd St.
Suspects: Connor Duggan (Age 24) and Ian Lochtefeld (Age 27)
Supervisor: Officer Tyler Johnson
Lieutenant: Lt. Mike Rodden

Stolen Vehicle Suspects Arrested: Case # 24-001058

On 2/14/24 around 4 p.m., Chico Police Officers responded to the 1500 block of North Cherry Street for a reported stolen vehicle.
 
Officers located the stolen vehicle leaving the area and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The two occupants inside the vehicle exited and fled from officers on foot into a nearby neighborhood.
 
An extensive ground search was conducted supported by the deployment of an unmanned aerial system. The unmanned aerial system, commonly referred to as a drone, was used to help locate the outstanding suspects. At the conclusion of an hour-long search, both subjects were located hiding in the yards of nearby residences. Both subjects were determined to be juveniles.  As such, no further identifying information is releasable at this time. 
 
During the course of the search, several community members came forward with information tending to identify the location of the suspects.  This information assisted in narrowing the search area and ultimately led to their successful apprehension. 
 
The Chico Police Department would like to thank the University Police Department for assisting with this incident and the public’s continued support of the Chico Police Department’s technological initiatives designed to enhance the safety of first responders and the community at large. 
 
 
Location: 1500 block of North Cherry St.
Suspect:
Victim: Withheld
Supervisor: Sgt. Dave Bailey
Lieutenant: Lt. Joel Schmid

Burglary Suspect Arrested: Case # 24-000994

On Monday, 2/12/24, around 11:20 p.m., the Chico Police Dispatch Center received a report of a burglarized business in the 200 block of W. 2nd St.
 
Officers were dispatched to the area and, with help from an attentive witness, quickly located the suspect, later identified as 35-year-old Nicholas Chaves, a short distance from the business.
 
After an investigation, it was determined that Chaves, who was in possession of stolen property from the business, was responsible for the burglary. He was subsequently arrested for burglary (459 PC) and multiple outstanding warrants.
 
Location: 200 block of W. 2nd St.
Suspect: Nicholas Chaves (35)
Victim: Local business
Supervisor: Sgt. John Nickelson
Lieutenant: Lt. Joel Schmid

Death in Public: Case # 24-000818

On 2/5/2024, at about 5:30 AM, Chico Police Officers responded to Fair St. near E. Park Ave. for a possible deceased person. The reporting party discovered the decedent in a muddy area off of the roadway. Fire and EMS were also summoned and arrived on scene before the officers. Fire and EMS personnel on scene confirmed the subject was deceased. No foul play is suspected.

The identity of the decedent is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification.

Location: Fair St./E. Park Ave.
Suspect: N/A
Victim: N/A
Supervisor: Sgt. John Nickelson
Lieutenant: Lt. Mike Rodden

Death in Public: Case # 24-000760

On 2/2/24, at about 8:30 AM, Chico Police Officers responded to the 2000 block of Business Lane in Chico for a possible unconscious subject. The reporting party had discovered the subject near the west end of the business and dialed 911. Fire and EMS were also summoned and arrived on scene before the officers. EMS personnel on scene confirmed the subject was deceased. No foul play is suspected.

The identity of the decedent is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification.

Location: 2000 blk Business Lane
Suspect: N/A
Victim: N/A
Supervisor: Sgt. Cody Uebelhardt
Lieutenant: Lt. Jeff Durkin

Juvenile Stabbing: Case # 24-000706

On Wednesday, 1/31/2024, at approximately 12:11 PM, the Chico Police Department received 911 calls reporting a stabbing that had occurred in the 200 block of W. 1st Street, Chico.  A nearby Chico Police Department School Resource Officer (SRO) and Patrol Officer responded to the area and located two female juvenile stabbing victims.  The School Resource Officer observed that one of the victims had suffered life-threatening injuries and provided emergency first aid. 
 
A juvenile female present at the scene identified herself as the stabbing suspect, and had remained with the primary victim providing first aid after the stabbing had occurred.  Both stabbing victims were transported to a local area hospital for treatment. 
 
Chico Police Department Officers, Detectives, and Crime Scene Investigators responded to the incident to investigate the occurrence.  The stabbing appeared to be the result of an altercation that occurred between four female juveniles.  The stabbing suspect was later booked into the Butte County Juvenile Hall with a request for charges of Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
 
 
Location:               200 block of W. 1st Street, Chico
Suspect:                Withheld due to age
Victims:                 Confidential
Supervisor:           Sergeant Gregory          
Lieutenant:            Lieutenant Love

Felony Animal Abuse Arrest: Case # 24-000683

On 01/30/2024, just before 2 p.m., Chico Police Dispatch received a report of a male subject beating a dog in the 2200 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway. Officers were immediately dispatched to the location and made contact with the suspect, dog, and witness. The suspect was identified as 39-year-old Ramon Hackett.
 
After obtaining statements, investigating officers determined the Hackett had dragged the young puppy across the ground by its leash and kicked it forcefully multiple times.
 
Hackett was placed under arrest for a felony violation of California Penal Code 597(a) – Animal Abuse.
 
Although the puppy had no visible injuries, it was transported to a local veterinary hospital to be examined and treated prior to being housed at the City of Chico Animal Shelter.
 
 
Location: 2200 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
Suspect: Ramon Hackett (39-years-old)
Victim: Puppy
Supervisor: Sgt. Trey Reid
Lieutenant: Lt. Mike Rodden

Robbery: Case # 24-000636

On 1/28/24, at 11:00 p.m., The Chico Police Dispatch Center received a call of robbery alarm at the Speedway Gas Station on Notre Dame Blvd in south Chico. Two suspects entered the store and robbed the clerk of the store at gunpoint. They fled with an undisclosed amount of money. Officers arrived within three minutes of the call and conducted an area check but were unable to locate the suspects.
 
The suspects were described as two thin-build male adults of unknown race, wearing face masks and beanies or ball caps. One suspect had a red hooded sweatshirt and was armed with a handgun. The other suspect had a black hooded sweatshirt.
 
Anyone who may have information related to this crime is asked to call the Chico Police Department at (530)897-4910 and reference case #24-000636.
 
Location: 2500 block of Notre Dame Blvd. south Chico
Victim: Speedway Gas
Suspects: Unknown
Supervisor: Sgt. T. Ferreira S4
Commander: Lt. T. Tupper L7

Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Collision: Case # 24-000593

***UPDATE 1/30/24***
 
The Chico Police Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) has been investigating the collision that occurred early Saturday morning at 8th and Main Streets. The pedestrian that was struck was identified as a 32-year-old male from Chico. The pedestrian is recovering at a local hospital from major injuries and is expected to survive. The driver, Vitaly Smith, was arrested the night of the incident for Felony DUI causing major injuries. Smith was transported to Butte County Jail where bail was set at $125,000.
 
***ORIGINAL 1/27/24***
 
On 1/27/24 at 1:56 a.m., the Chico Police Department responded a vehicle versus pedestrian collision at W. 8th Street at Main Street. Upon arrival, officers discovered a pedestrian in the roadway with severe, life-threatening injuries. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Vitaly Smith, a 30-year-old male from Chico, cooperated with authorities and remained at the scene. Following a field sobriety test, Smith was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
 
The Chico Police Department Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) took over the investigation. The intersection was closed for approximately 3 ½ hours while the scene was processed. The cause of the collision is currently under investigation.
 
Anyone who may have seen this collision and has yet to talk to the police is asked to call Chico Police Traffic Division at 530-897-4970.
 
Pedestrian: Withheld
Driver: Vitaly Smith, a 30-year-old male from Chico
Supervisor: Sgt. Todd Lefkowitz
Lieutenant: Lt. Terry Tupper

Assault with a Deadly Weapon: Case # 24-000588

On 1/26/24, at 8:21 p.m., The Chico Police Dispatch Center received a 911 call from a resident of an apartment in the 300 block of Rio Lindo Avenue in Chico. The caller stated someone broke his window and ran off. Officers responded and conducted an investigation into the suspicious circumstance. A short time after officers completed the call, the same resident called 911 again to say several people had broken into his apartment. Officers responded and arrived within a minute and developed information the people who broke in were armed with a handgun. The suspects fled when officers arrived. An area check was conducted using CPD Officers and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, but the suspects were not located. The victim in this crime sustained moderate injuries but is expected to recover.

This is an active investigation. Limited information will be provided at this time. Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call the Chico Police Department at (530) 897-4910 and reference CPD Case #24-000588.
 
Location: 300 block of Rio Lindo Avenue, Chico
Victim: Withheld
Suspects: Unknown
Supervisor: Sgt. T. Ferreira S4
Commander: Lt. T. Tupper L7

Chico Resident Victim of Robbery: Case # 23-008507

***UPDATE (1/18/24)***
On 12/18/23 at approximately 3:47 a.m., Chico Police Officers investigated an attempted robbery at the 7-Eleven (308 Walnut St, Chico) involving at least two female suspects. The victim photographed the suspect vehicle as it fled, obtaining the license plate.  Chico Police Officers located the suspect vehicle and conducted a high-risk stop where the occupants were detained.  Two females, Brionna Boehme and Heaven Miller, were arrested for suspicion of committing attempted robbery at 7-Eleven. Both females were transported to the Chico Police Department. Officers on scene also located evidence related to the earlier home invasion robbery on Magnolia Avenue.  
 
Chico Police Detectives began investigating the incident to determine the involvement of the females in both robberies, as well as identifying any other involved subjects. Through interviews, Detectives collected further evidence and identified the two males involved in the home invasion robbery.  One of the male subjects was identified as Christopher Michael Johnson (29-yrs-old).  The other subject was a juvenile.  Based on the investigation it was determined that the naked female fleeing the area was Brionna Boehme.  It was originally believed that Boehme was being pursued by Johnson and the juvenile male, however, Detectives learned that she was merely fleeing the crime scene with Johnson and the juvenile male.  All three subjects entered a vehicle and fled the area, together.
 
On 12/21/23, Chico Police Detectives took Johnson into custody for his involvement in the home invasion robbery.  The juvenile was detained on 1/16/24 without incident.  He was subsequently transported to Butte County Juvenile Hall.
 
***ORIGINAL***
On 12/17/23 at approximately 8:58 PM, Chico Police Dispatch received a report of a suspicious circumstance. The reporting party observed a nude female running down Magnolia Avenue, followed by two males. Officers arrived on scene and were unable to locate all three of these described people. Officers spoke with a resident in the area who reported he was the victim of a robbery. He described the three fleeing subjects as being the suspects in the robbery.
 
Chico Police Department is investigating this incident and requests that anyone with information please contact
the Chico Police Detective Bureau (530)897-5820. 
 
Location: 1900 Block Magnolia Ave Chico, Ca
Date/Time: 12/17/2023 at 8:58 PM
Victim: Withheld
Suspect(s): Unk.
Supervisor: Sgt. Nick Bauer
Watch Commander: Lt. Brian Miller

Fatal Collision: Case # 24-000275

***UPDATE*** 
The Chico Police Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) is currently investigating a fatal collision that occurred the morning of 1/12/24 at Esplanade and W. 11th Ave. The driver involved has been identified as Neff Haskell, a 74-year-old male from Chico, who was the sole occupant in the vehicle. It appeared that Haskell may have suffered a medical emergency prior to the collision, but the exact cause of death will not be known until the autopsy is complete. There were no other vehicles involved in this collision. Meanwhile, the traffic signal at the Esplanade and W. 11th Ave. intersection will be on flash mode until the end of next Tuesday, January 16th, as the signal pole is being rebuilt. It's crucial for the public to be aware that a flashing red signal requires drivers to come to a complete stop, treating the intersection like a stop sign, according to 21457 CVC.

*** ORIGINAL ***
On 1/12/24, at 7:47 a.m., the Chico Police Dispatch Center began receiving multiple 911 calls of a vehicle collision on the Esplanade at 11th Avenue in Chico. A single vehicle collided with a tree at that location. Chico Fire arrived along with Chico Police units. Chico Fire conducted an emergency extrication on the sole occupant of the vehicle, but he was pronounced deceased at the scene. The identity of the driver will be withheld pending notification of next-of-kin.

The Esplanade between the Lindo Channel Bridge and 10th Avenue will be closed while the Chico Police Major 
Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) conducts an investigation into this collision. Please avoid the area by planning a different route as the investigation is conducted.
Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or has information related to this collision is asked to call the Chico Police Traffic Line at (530) 897-4970.

Location: The Esplanade at 11th Avenue in Chico
Victim: Withheld
Supervisor: Sgt. C. Uebelhardt S12
Commander: Lt. T. Tupper L7

Report of Armed Suspect: Case # 24-000251

On 1/10/24, around 8:30 p.m., the Chico Police Dispatch Center received a report of a subject, possibly armed with a rifle, walking in the area of W. 8th Ave. and Greenwich Dr.
 
Multiple officers, the Unmanned Ariel System, and Special Weapons and Tactics members were immediately dispatched to the area to try and locate the reported suspect. With the assistance of the Butte County Sheriff's Office and the University Police Department, officers created a perimeter that encompassed Greenwich Dr., W. 8th Ave., N. Cherry St., and W. 11th Ave. The perimeter was closed to traffic and residents within the perimeter were advised to shelter in place.
 
Officers worked diligently to try and locate the suspect. Around approximately 11:30 p.m., the Chico Police Department ended the search. A suspect was not located. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the police department at (530)897-4911, reference case number 24-000251.
 
The Chico Police Department would like to thank the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, the University Police Department, and the Redding California Highway Patrol for their assistance during this incident.
 
 
Location: Greenwich Dr., W. 8th Ave., N. Cherry St., and W. 11th Ave.
Suspect: Unknown
Victim: N/A
Supervisor: Sgt. D. Bailey
Lieutenant: Lt. M. Rodden

Foot Pursuit Leads to Arrest: Case # 24-000243

On 1/10/24, just after 4 p.m., Chico Police Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 2000 block of North Avenue for a reported burglary.
 
When officers arrived, they noticed an occupied vehicle parked in the driveway. While attempting to contact the two occupants inside the vehicle, one of the subjects fled on foot. The other subject stayed on scene and complied with officers.
 
As more officers arrived to assist, they spotted a subject in the area that matched the description of the one who had fled. Officers engaged in a short foot pursuit with this subject, later identified as Patrick Kincaid (36), before detaining him. Officers determined that Kincaid was not involved with the initial call. However, he was arrested for a felony warrant.
 
It has been determined that a burglary did not occur. Officers did not locate the subject that fled but believe there is no ongoing threat.
 
Location: 2000 block of North Avenue
Supervisor: Sgt. T. Reid
Lieutenant: Lt. J. Schmid

Chico Police Community Advisory Board

The Chico Police Department is delighted to introduce the new members of the Police Community Advisory Board.
 
The Police Community Advisory Board is designed to bridge the community and its police department to facilitate and enhance communication. The Chico Police Department will utilize the board to review and make recommendations to the Chief of Police on matters pertinent to current issues. The board, members of the public, and community partnerships will work together to help address these issues.
 
Each member has been assigned a group to represent. If you have questions regarding the board or issues you would like to address, please contact your designated representative or the Police Community Advisory Board chair.
 
Chico Police Community Advisory Board
 
Roger Efremsky
Board Chair
Shelby Chase
Activism and Jewish Community
Celeste Cramer
LGBTQ+ Community and Business Owners
Sandra Knight
Native American Community
Megan Kurtz
Student Population
Monica McDaniel
Unhoused Population
Marty Nichols
Senior Citizen Community
Gildardo Ortiz
Hispanic Community
Joseph Person
African American Community
Julian Zener
Concerned Community for Justice
 

DUI Pursuit: Case # 24-00073

On 1/4/2024, around 2 p.m., a Chico Police Sergeant was traveling on the north Esplanade when he witnessed an off-road motorcycle traveling on the roadway. The rider of the motorcycle, later identified as Timothy Johnson, was not wearing a helmet and refused to stop for the sergeant. 
 
Johnson fled on the motorcycle northbound on the Esplanade through the Eaton Road intersection. Johnson attempted to ride the motorcycle into the levee at Mud Creek before laying the motorcycle down in the dirt and fleeing on foot. He was apprehended a short time later by several Chico Police Officers.
 
Johnson was arrested for reckless evading, driving under the influence, and various vehicle code violations.
 
Location: Esplanade and Eaton Rd.
Suspect: Timothy Johnson (Age 33)
Supervisor: Sgt. Lefkowitz   
Lieutenant: Lt. Rodden

Shots Fired Investigation: Case # 23-008730

On 12/31/2023, just before 1 p.m., Chico Police Dispatch received a report of shots fired in the area of E. 3rd Street and Wall Street. Multiple officers converged on the scene within one minute of the report. During the investigation, it was determined that a fight occurred in the parking lot at the location, with the suspect firing multiple shots. Fortunately, it appears that the gunfire injured no one. However, a bystander’s vehicle was struck by gunfire, as well as a local business in the area. 
 
At this time, the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the shooting is encouraged to 
contact the Chico Police Department.

Location: E 3rd Street/Wall Street
Suspect: Unknown
Victim: Unknown
Supervisor: Sgt. J. Nickelson
Lieutenant: Lt. T. Tupper

Suicidal Subject: Case # 23-008700

On 12/28/2023 at approximately 11:35 p.m., the Chico Police Department responded to the Skyway/E. Park Ave and SR 99 overpass, where it was reported a victim was threatening to jump onto the highway. Officers arrived and located the victim in mental distress, standing on the ledge of the overpass outside the fence. An officer trained in crisis negotiation began speaking with the victim to de-escalate and resolve the incident safely. 
 
As this was occurring, Chico Officers and the California Highway Patrol closed SR 99 in both north and south directions. Chico Fire and Butte EMS also responded to the scene to assist with any necessary medical needs. After approximately 80 minutes, Officers were able to convince the victim to get off the overpass, where the victim was safely detained. The victim was placed on a 72-hour mental health evaluation and transported to Enloe Hospital.
 
Location: Skyway and SR 99 
Victim: Withheld 
Supervisor: Mark Bass, Sergeant 
Lieutenant: Ben Love

Lost Subject in Upper Bidwell Park

On 12/19/23, around 11:30 AM, the Chico Police Department received a call regarding a lost subject in Upper Bidwell Park. The subject had left home to run in Upper Bidwell Park a few hours prior to the call, and they had not returned home. Although the subject carried a cell phone, the cell service is relatively weak in the canyon.

Chico Police, Chico Fire, and Butte County Search and Rescue personnel began searching Upper Bidwell Park. The reporting party was able to provide intermittent GPS information to the searchers. Eventually, the lost subject was able to establish a cellular connection, which provided searchers with more precise coordinates. The lost subject was located safe and unharmed north of the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve. The lost subject was provided a ride back to the city by Search and Rescue. 

We would like to thank the Chico Fire Department and Butte County Seach and Rescue personnel for their assistance in this incident. 

Location: Upper Bidwell Park
Supervisor: Sgt. E. Marshall
Lieutenant: Lt. M. Rodden

Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Collision: Case # 23-008335

*** UPDATE 12/15/23 ***
The Chico Police Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) has been continuing the investigation into the  fatal hit-and-run collision that occurred in the 1500 block of East Avenue last Sunday, December 10th. Investigators have identified the driver of the vehicle that struck the pedestrian as Luis Murillo-Mosqueda, a 22-
year-old Chico resident.

On the evening of 12/15/23, Traffic Investigators contacted Murillo-Mosqueda at his place of work and placed him under arrest. Murillo-Mosqueda was taken to the Chico Police Department and later transported to Butte County Jail. Although it has been determined that Wilson was at fault for crossing the road in an unsafe manner, Murioll Mosqueda fled the scene after striking and killing him. Murillo-Mosqueda was arrested for felony hit and run, 20001 (a) CVC 
and Perjury, violation of 118 (a) PC. Bail was set at $115,000.
 
*** ORIGINAL 12/10/23 ***
On December 10th, 2023, at 12:22 a.m., the Chico Police Dispatch Center received a call of a vehicle collision in the 1500 block of East Avenue in east Chico. East Avenue was closed between Marigold Avenue and Cactus Avenue for several hours while the investigation was conducted.

Pedestrian: Stephen Wilson / 71-year-old from Oroville 
Driver: Luis Murillo-Mosqueda / 22-year-old from Chico
Supervisor: Sgt. Todd Lefkowitz
Lieutenant: Lt. Jeff Durkin 
 

Armed Auto Theft Suspects Arrested: Case # 23-008422

On the morning of Wednesday, 12/13/23, the Chico Police Department responded to a string of violence throughout the City of Chico that included multiple reports of armed robbery, vehicle theft, and attempted carjacking. The suspect descriptions from the incidents indicated that it was a single coordinated group committing the crimes.
 
At approximately 8:00 AM, the suspects attempted to steal a Hyundai sedan parked in the Chico Marketplace Mall parking lot. The suspects fled in a stolen Kia sedan. The suspects later abandoned the stolen vehicle after being spotted by officers near W. 8th Street and Cedar Street. A stolen rifle was recovered in the vehicle. Shortly afterward, the suspects stole and abandoned an additional Kia sedan in the south campus area of Chico. The suspects stole another Kia sedan and held a woman at gunpoint at a nearby gas station as she fueled her vehicle. The suspects attempted to rob the woman before fleeing northbound on Main Street. The suspects attempted to carjack a woman at gunpoint at the intersection of Main Street and 1st Street. 
 
At approximately 9:50 AM, the suspects stole a Kia sedan from the parking lot of the Double Tree Hotel. The suspects then robbed a landscape worker at gunpoint of his belongings. The suspects brandished a firearm at a female victim at a nearby restaurant and made threats to kill her. 
 
The suspects fled Chico southbound on Highway 99 at a high rate of speed and were observed by deputies from the Butte County Sheriff's Office. Deputies were involved in a vehicle pursuit that terminated in Oroville and resulted in the apprehension of the three suspects.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office obtained information and evidence linking the suspects to a shooting in their jurisdiction. 
 
Kia and Hyundai have issued a voluntary security recall for certain vehicles manufactured from 2011 to 2022 to equip the vehicles with anti-theft devices free of charge.

Location: Chico, California
Suspects: WILLIAM KEVIL (18), KAITLYNNE LEWIS (20), and a Juvenile Male (15)
Victims: Withheld
Supervisor: Dane Gregory
Lieutenant: Brian Miller

Criminal Barricade: Case # 23-008357

On 12/11/23 at approximately 1:05 a.m., Chico Police Dispatch received a phone call from an employee at America’s Best Value Inn (740 Broadway Street) reporting an unknown male subject had climbed into a vacant room through a second story window. Chico PD Officers responded to the scene to assist.
 
Once on scene, Officers attempted to speak with the subject through the open window. The male subject, later identified as 41-year-old Chico resident Paul Featherstone, told officers that he had a gun and stopped communicating with officers. The subject was determined to be trespassing and the business wanted to proceed with a criminal complaint against Featherstone. Members from the Chico PD Crisis Negotiation Team and UAS team were summoned to the scene. CNT members attempted to negotiate with the subject for approximately 2 hours with no response from Featherstone. Ultimately, Chico PD Officers used specialized equipment to breach the front door of the room. Featherstone was located inside the bathroom unarmed and taken into custody by awaiting Officers without incident. Featherstone was arrested for violating sections 148(a)(1) PC (resist, obstruct, or delay a peace officer) and 602(m) PC (trespassing) and transported to the Butte County Jail.
 
Location: America’s Best Value Inn (740 Broadway Street)
Suspect: Paul Featherstone IV, 41-Year-Old Chico Resident
Victim: America’s Best Value Inn
Supervisor: Sgt. J. Nickelson
Lieutenant: Lt. B. Love