Police Department News Releases

Police Department Press Releases


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.

Media outlets and public agencies wishing to receive department press releases submit an email address here.

Press Releases and Public Service Announcements are also available on the Chico Police Department Facebook Page


Armed Subject Arrested

Case# 21-002195

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On April 11, 2021, at about 1:06 a.m., a Chico Police Officer was on patrol in the area of Forest Avenue and E. 20th Street. The officer conducted a proactive enforcement stop of a passing motorist for a vehicle code infraction. The officer contacted the sole occupant of the vehicle, Dominic Lamont Wood (age 33).
The officer developed probable cause to search Wood and his vehicle. The officer located methamphetamine on Wood’s person. In the vehicle the officer recovered a fully loaded .45 caliber handgun. The serial number had been removed from the gun.


Felony Vandalism


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**Update**: Suspect and vehicle have been located. Suspect has been identified as Tucker Andrews, 08/08/91, out of Truckee, CA.  Andrews has been arrested and will be booked into the Butte County Jail for felony vandalism.


Resisting Arrest

Case# 21-002092

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On Monday, March 29th, 2021, Officers from Chico Police Department responded to Comanche Creek, 11301 Midway on a report of several vehicles parked with expired registration.  Vehicles in California are subject to immediate tow if the registration is expired more than 6 months per 4000(a) and 22651(o) CVC.  When Officers arrived on scene, they discovered several vehicles that were towable.  Rather than towing the vehicles, Chico Police advised the owners of the vehicles they had 1-week to bring their vehicle into compliance to avoid being towed.  This notice i


Battery Suspect Apprehended at Unrelated Call for Service

Case# 21-002007

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On 4/2/21, Chico Police Officers were sent to interview an assault victim at an undisclosed local medical facility. When Officers arrived, they learned that the victim suffered injuries so severe that the victim required an immediate life-flight to another medical facility by helicopter. The subject’s medical condition was described as critical.



Case# 21-002036

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The suspect in the stabbing was identified as Tyler Bonn Roper (37 years old). On April 4, 2021 at about 9:15 p.m., Roper was arrested in the City of Oroville by the Oroville Police Department. Roper was booked into the Butte County Jail for a violation of section 245(a)(1) PC-Assault with a Deadly Weapon. The victim of the stabbing is expected to survive.


Shooting on E. Lassen Ave.

Case# 21-001956

On 03/31/2021 at approximately 2230 hours Chico Police received several 911 calls regarding a shooting that had just occurred on E. Lassen Ave near Godman Ave. Officers responded to the area and shut down traffic on E. Lassen Ave at Godman Ave. to search for evidence. Officers conducted an area check and found several spent shell casings in the roadway.


Subject Arrested for Driving Under the Influence and Possession of Stolen Mail

Case# 21-001935

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On 3/31/2021 at approximately 0820 hours, Chico Police Officers were dispatched to the area of Burnt Ranch Way for a report of a subject unconscious while sitting in the driver seat of a running vehicle. Officers arrived and contacted Eric Rehse. Rehse was verbally uncooperative but eventually agreed to exit the vehicle and speak with Officers. Due to his objective symptoms of being under the influence of an unknown substance, Officers performed a series of field sobriety tests on Rehse.



Case# 21-001881

On March 29, 2021, at about 03:09 a.m., Chico Police Officers responded to Enloe Hospital to contact a male who was being treated for a single gunshot wound. The victim was dropped off at the hospital by subjects who immediately fled the area.
The victim of the shooting is expected to survive. Officers believe the shooting occurred somewhere in the Chico area.

We are asking the Public’s help in finding those responsible. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact the Chico Police Department and reference case # 21-001881.


Negligent Discharge of a Firearm

Case# 21-001877

On March 29, 2021, at about 12:03 a.m., Chico Police Officers responded to the Hidden Oaks Apartments at 650 Hickory Street. A victim reported his unoccupied vehicle had been struck by gunfire. Another victim was on scene and reported his vehicle had also been struck by gunfire four days prior. Through investigation officers determined the gunfire likely originated from an adjacent apartment complex at 1521 W. 5th Street. Additionally, Officers found a residence on W. 5th Street that had also been struck by gunfire.


Drive By Shootings

Case# 21-001769

On 03/23/21, just before 7 p.m., the Chico Police Department began receiving calls of a shooting that had just occurred at an apartment complex in the 700 block of W. East Ave. in Chico. 


Officers responded to find several vehicles struck by gunfire, and after a canvass of the area, Officers determined no one had been struck by gunfire. The intended target(s) of the shooter are unknown. There was limited information and witnesses.  Crime Scene Investigators responded and processed the scene.


Stolen Vehicle Recovery and Arrest

Case# 21-001711

On 3/23/2021 at approximately 1129 hours, a citizen contacted the Chico Police Department about a hit and run vehicle collision that they had just witnessed near the 100 block of Fair Street. The vehicle fled the scene, but the community member continued to communicate the vehicles location with the 911 Dispatcher while continuing to follow it. The driver of the suspect vehicle, later identified as Steven Dodge, parked the heavily damaged vehicle in the 2100 block of Elm Street and fled the area on foot.


Death in the Public Right of Way

Case# 21-00

On 03/21/21, at 12:49 pm, the Chico Police and Fire Dispatch Center received a report of a medical emergency on the Upper Rim Trail of Bidwell Park, approximately 1 mile east of the Easter Cross landmark. Chico Fire Department Emergency Medical Services, Butte EMS, and Enloe Flight Care responded to the incident and located an unresponsive 75-year-old male. Life saving measures were attempted, but the man was declared deceased.


Suspect Arrested After Assaulting Officers

Case# 21-001705

On March 20, 2021, at about 9:24 p.m., Chico Police Officers contacted a disorderly subject in a vehicle parked on Lupin Avenue at E. Eaton Road. Upon contact Todd Garnett (age 51) exited his vehicle and took a fighting stance toward an officer. Garnett appeared to be under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant. The two officers on scene attempted to detain Garnett. Garnett kicked one of the officers and was eventually detained in handcuffs.


Armed Suspect Arrested/Officer Injured

Case# 21-001708

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On March 20, 2021 at about 11:00 p.m., Chico Police Officers responded to a party complaint at La Vista Verde Apartments, 1666 Vista Verde Avenue, Chico. Two officers arrived on scene and were met with a large unruly crowd. Officers attempted to detain Tony AlvaradoTafoya (age 21) in the parking lot. AlvaradoTafoya resisted their efforts and ran from officers. During the struggle one officer sustained a fractured leg and dislocated ankle. Additional officers arrived on scene and AlvaradoTafoya was seen fleeing into a neighboring apartment.


Grand Theft Arrest

Case# 21-001638

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On 03/18/2021 at approximately 0150 hours Chico Police Officers were dispatched to 450 Orange St. for a reported theft. Two passengers on the Amtrak Train reported that their luggage had been stolen during a short layover at the station. The passengers reported the theft to security officers on location who in turn reported the theft to Chico Police. Additionally, security officers recognized the suspect who exited the train with the stolen luggage as Patrick Kincaid, a frequent flyer for Chico Police. Officers located Kincaid outside the AM/PM store at 110 W.


Wanted Subject Runs Out Of Luck

Case# 21-001631

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On 03/17/2021at approximately 6:45 PM, Chico PD Patrol Officers and Detectives with the Violence Suppression Unit were looking for a wanted subject and convicted felon who was seen in the area of W. 9th Street and Ivy Street. The subject was identified as Marco Munguia and it was confirmed that he had two felony no bail arrest warrants which were issued on 05/22/2020. Munguia was observed leaving a St. Patrick’s Day party when he was approached by Detectives. Munguia immediately ran away to avoid capture but was apprehended after a short foot pursuit.


Robbery – Shooting by Convicted Felon

Case# 21-001348

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On 03/05/2021 at approximately 0236 hours Chico Police Dispatch Center received several 911 calls about a subject shooting at another person in the area of Walnut St. and W. 3rd St. The victim, being one of the 911 callers, was running eastbound from Walnut St. and W. 3rd St. away from the original shooting location when he called 911.


Citizen’s Arrest

The Chico Police Department would like to address what is involved in making a citizen’s arrests.  Peace Officer’s in the State of California are charged with upholding Municipal, State and Federal laws.  If a citizen sees a crime that has occurred, is occurring, or about to occur, law enforcement should be contacted immediately, and the citizen should avoid taking matters into their own hands.


Animal Cruelty

Case# 21-1153

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On February 23, 2021, at approximately 5:00 PM Chico Police Dispatch received a report of an alleged animal cruelty incident. Officers contacted the reporting party, who stated her coworker’s 14lb dog was kicked in the head, causing major injuries. The reporting party identified the suspect as 23-year-old Brandon Chin. Chin was currently in a relationship with the dog’s owner. The dog was taken to a local veterinary hospital, but his injuries were so significant, he had to be euthanized.

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