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.

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Arrest for Assault and Battery

Case# 20-005809

On10/23/20 at approximately 11:00 AM, Chico Police Officers were dispatched to the shopping center on W. Sacramento Ave at Nord Ave for a disturbance. Officers arrived on scene and placed Michael St. John under arrest for public intoxication, 647 (F) PC.


Drowning at Sycamore Pool

Case# 20-005782

On 10/21/20 at 5:53 p.m., a citizen called the Chico Police Department to report a possible drowning in Sycamore Pool at One Mile Recreation Area in Bidwell Park. Officers arrived on scene a short time later and located the man in the center of the pool. Chico Fire Personnel retrieved the man from the water. Medics pronounced the man deceased. There were no obvious signs of criminality located at the scene. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Chico, CA –
Location: Sycamore Pool, 910 South Park Drive.
Victim: 70-year-old male. Name withheld.


Theft from Vehicle

20-005755 and 20-005765

On 10/20/2020, at about 11:26 a.m. Chico Police Officers responded to Chico Natural Foods, 818 Main Street.  A victim reported that a male subject was stealing from their parked vehicle.  Officers arrived and contacted Kaya Jay PRATHERMILLER (9/13/96) nearby.  PRATHERMILLER was arrested for theft from a vehicle and transported to the Chico Police Department for booking.  He was booked and released with a citation to appear in court on the misdemeanor charge. 


Suspicious Circumstances

Case# 20-005743

On 10/19/2020, at about 7:57 pm, the Chico Police Department received a 911 call about an attempted kidnapping.  The reporting party just sat in her vehicle which was parked in the Hobby Lobby parking at 1919 E. 20th Street, Chico.  An unknown male subject opened the passenger side door of the vehicle.  The subject reached into the car and saw an 11-year old child seated in the front passenger seat.  The subject looked up surprised when he saw the reporting party and said, “Oh sorry wrong car.”  The subject walked out of the parking lot. 



Case# 20-005742

On 10/18/2020, the Chico Police Department received two separate calls for service regarding a fraud/scam. Both callers said a suspect identifying himself as a Chico Police Sergeant called them and claimed they had a warrant for their arrest.  The suspect tried to keep the victims on the phone in an attempt to extort money from them.  It is believed the suspect obtained phone numbers for the victims from an online medical publication.   


Death in a Public Right of Way

Case# 20-005687

On 10/17/20 at 0206 hrs., a citizen called the Chico Police Department to report an unresponsive male in front of a business at 809 Oroville Ave. Officers arrived on scene a short time later and located the subject laying in the business parking lot. The subject was not breathing, and CPR was initiated. Medical personnel responded to the scene to provide additional care. After assessing the subject, the 36 year old male was pronounced deceased at the scene. There were no signs obvious signs of criminality located at the scene.



Case# 20-005676

On 10/16/20 at approximately 1010 PM, Chico Police Officers responded to the area of DeGarmo Park, 199 Leora Ct, for a report of a stabbing. Officers arrived and located an adult male who was suffering from a stab wound to his upper chest area. The victim said he had been in an argument with a male suspect, later identified as Brian Albert, while walking his dog. The victim said the argument escalated into a physical fight where pepper spray was also used. The victim said at some point during the fight, he received a stab wound from Albert.


Officer Involved Shooting

Case #: 20-005634

On 10/14/2020, at approximately 7:30 pm, Chico Police Dispatch Center began receiving 911calls from citizens at Martin Luther King Jr. Park reporting a man brandishing a knife and threatening parkgoers.  Several Chico Police Officers were dispatched to the scene.  Officers arrived and began looking for the suspect who was described as a white male in his 30’s.  As officers conducted an area check, Chico Police received additional calls the suspect was now near the intersection of E. 20th St. and Martin Luther King Jr.


Assault, Firearm, Drugs Arrest

Case# 20-005432

On 10/05/20, at 3:23 p.m., CPD Officers responded to a call of three men in a fight at the 1100 block of N. Cedar Street in west Chico. Officers arrived and located the victim with injuries to his head and face. Through investigation, Officers determined this was a fight between family members over money. The victim was transported to Enloe Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Officers made contact with the two suspects and conducted a probation search of their residence.


Vehicle Collision into a Residence

Case# 20-005414

On October 5, 2020, at approximately 0308 hours, Chico Police officers were dispatched to the 2100 block of Fern Ave for a reported vehicle collision.  Witnesses stated a vehicle had collided with a residence in the area.  Officers responded and located the vehicle collision.  Shortly after, another call for service for a domestic dispute was reported in the area.  Officers responded and spoke with the victim.  The victim indicated she was assaulted by her ex-boyfriend.  The victim had injuries consistent with being a victim of an assault.  From the invest



Case# 20-005387

On 10/03/20 just after 3:00 pm, the Chico Police Department received several 911 calls regarding a shooting that had just occurred outside of the Fair St. Market, located at E. 20th St. and Fair St. Chico, CA.  At least two vehicles left the scene immediately after the shooting. 




Case# 20-005312

On Tuesday September 29th, at 7:30 pm Chico Police Department Dispatch received a call of a shooting that had just occurred in the Chapman Town area.  Residents in the 800 block of Virginia St. were reporting a shooting involving two vehicles.  A short time later, a victim walked into Enloe Medical Center suffering from a gunshot wound; the victim was an occupant of one of the vehicles. 




Case# 20-005277

On September 27, 2020, at approximately 9:30 PM Chico Police Dispatch received 911 calls regarding a male bleeding from his chest.  Officers responded to the apartment complexes located at 2071 Amanda Way and 2060 Amanda Way.  Officers located a male victim with an apparent stab wound on his chest.  The victim was transported to Enloe Medical Center where he was treated and released for a non-life threatening wound.



Brief Stand Off Ends With Arrest

Case# 20-005166

On 09/22/20 at 12:19pm, Chico Police dispatch received multiple 911 calls about a female brandishing a large kitchen knife at people in the 200 block of Cohasset Ln.  Officers responded to the scene and saw the suspect holding the knife.  She ignored the officer’s commands and walked into her apartment which was a short distance away.  The suspect was identified as Kimberly Craven (39).  Officers learned that Craven brandished the knife at multiple people and made criminal threats to one of the victims.  A perimeter was established around the residence.  Office


Pedestrian Struck by Train


On September 20, 2020, at approximately 4:50 AM, a pedestrian attempted to cross the railroad tracks on W. Sacramento Avenue just before a Union Pacific train passed through.  A witness advised that the crossing arms, bells and lights were functioning.   The subject was unsuccessful, and a CPD officer located him lying on the roadway just west of the railway.  The subject was conscious, but seriously injured.  CFD, EMS, and additional CPD officers responded to administer aid, block W.



Case# 20-005129

On September 20, 2020, at approximately 4:45 AM, Chico Police Officers were dispatched to a local hospital to contact a possible assault victim. From the victim’s description, it is believed the assault took place in the Ricky Court area. The victim’s injuries were consistent to being struck with an object. The suspect is described as large male adult. If you have any information about the incident, please contact Chico Police Department and refer to report number 20-005129.
Location: W. 20th Street, possible Ricky Ct area
Victim: Withheld
Suspect: Unknown


Violence Suppression Unit (VSU)

The Chico Police Department has created a new police unit to help reduce crime in our community. The former C Team was responsible for patrolling the south campus and downtown area during the academic year, transitioning to a street level crime unit during the winter and summer months. For a variety of reasons, including the Covid-19 Pandemic, there has been an increase in Part 1 crimes, to include violent crime. In an effort to reduce these types of criminal behaviors, the Chico Police Department will be reassigning C team to the Violence Suppression Unit (VSU) on September 17, 2020.


Update*** Missing Womans Suffering Dementia

Case# 20-005073

On 9/18/20 at approximately 12:30 am, Callen was located by Chico Police Officers.  She is healthy and re-united with her loved ones.



Missing Woman suffering from Dementia



Case# 20-005041

On 09/16/20 at approximately 6:37am a citizen reported a vegetation fire near Big Chico Creek in 1100 block of Bidwell Ave.  The citizen reported an unknown male walked by her and told her, “Michelle did it”.  The fire was extinguished by the Chico Fire Department.


Robbery Home Invasion

Case# 20-5004

On the above date and time Chico Police officers contacted three individuals, Shayla Robins-Bailey, Matthew Considine, and Joseph Lawrence, at the above location.  All three suspects arrived in a vehicle driven by Robins-Bailey, as the officers enjoyed a cup of coffee in the parking lot.

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