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Police Department Press Releases

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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.

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

 

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Suspects Arrested after Strong-Armed Robbery

Case# 21-005714

On September 23, 2021, at about 9:19 p.m. a citizen reported being the victim of a strong-arm robbery by an unknown suspect at Sycamore Pool in Lower Bidwell Park.

At about 11:45 p.m. the citizen called back saying he located the robbery suspect in front of 7-11, 101 Main Street. Chico Police Officers responded to the area and Gerald Roehrich (age 53) ran from officers. Roehrich discarded some of the victim’s property as he ran. Roehrich surrendered when he realized he was about to be outrun by Chico PD K-9 Aron.

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Subject Arrested After Groping Woman

Case# 21-005687

On September 22, 2021, at about 11:48 pm Chico Police Dispatch received a call of a vegetation fire on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, just south of World Market. Chico Fire and Cal-Fire personnel responded and quickly extinguished what was determined to be three separate grass fires. The area burned totaled approximately 1-2 acres. There were no structures damaged.

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Disturbing Vandalism on Hawthorne Ave., Chico

21-005662

On Tuesday September 21st the Chico Police Department received a call of a vandalism that occurred in the 1300 block of Hawthorne Ave.   Officers responded to a private school and found graffiti on the campus.  This incident was of special concern as the graffiti appeared to be swastikas.  Compounding our concern was the fact that the school is adjacent to a Church.   

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Vehicle Code Violations Enforced at Comanche Creek

The Chico Police TARGET TEAM was active on the south end of Chico today enforcing vehicle code violations. Four vehicles were noticed for a violation of 4000(a) of the California Vehicle Code. These vehicle’s registrations were all expired past 6 months. This would make the vehicle immediately subject to being towed. The Police Department put notices on the vehicles and will give the registered owners 7 days to get them in compliance with the Department of Motor Vehicles or they will be towed.

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Armed Subject Arrested with Controlled Substances

Case# 21-005657

On September 21, 2021, at about 12:30 a.m., A Chico Police Officer was on patrol in the area of Kohl’s department store, 1505 Springfield Drive. The officer spotted an occupied vehicle stopped in the parking lot. There were no open businesses in the area, so the officer spoke with the driver, Jacoby Gilbert (46 years old).

The officer had a casual conversation with Gilbert. During the conversation Gilbert admitted to having a firearm in his vehicle. The officer searched the car and located a Glock handgun, 3 loaded magazines, heroin, methamphetamine and Xanax pills.

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Homicide **UPDATE** 9-17-21

Case# 21-005313

On September 4, 2021, at 2:28 AM, the Chico Police Department began receiving 911 calls of a shooting which had just occurred at a homeless encampment at Teichert Pond in South Chico. Within three minutes, officers arrived in the area. They located two gunshot victims on the north side of the pond. One victim sustained a gunshot wound to the lower extremity and was transported to Enloe Medical Center for treatment. He is currently in stable condition. A second victim was found with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

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Chico PD Bicycle Reclaimer Strikes Again

Case# 21-005564

On 9/16/21, Chico Police Dispatch received a report of a stolen bicycle. The reporting party stated that it had occurred within seconds and provided a very detailed description of the suspect. Super Bike Cop Officer Bob Kurtz responded to the call. Fortunately for the citizens of Chico, Officer Kurtz has a keen interest in repossessing stolen bicycles. Just 2 week ago, Officer Kurtz repossessed several stolen bicycles when he authored a search warrant for a Chico Area Bicycle Chop Shop.

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Shooting

21-005469

On September 12, 2021, at about 2:30 a.m., Chico Police Officers responded to a shooting on the 900 block of West. 4th Avenue. One subject with a gunshot wound was located by officers in a parking lot on West 4th Avenue. A second subject with a gunshot wound was located by officers outside Enloe Hospital. Both subjects were uncooperative with investigating officers. Officers interviewed numerous witnesses on scene. The person(s) responsible for the shooting were not located.

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Mountain Bike “Chop Shop” Located

Case# 21-005342

On 9/4/21, Chico Police Officers contacted Michael Braun riding a bicycle. Braun was in possession of a Norco Storm mountain bike, worth approximately $5000. Braun was released from the contact. A Chico Police Officer, who is very familiar with mountain bikes, took the initiative to research recent thefts of mountain bikes. He discovered that on 6/8/21 a similar mountain bike was stolen during a residential burglary in unincorporated Butte County. This Officer then authored a search warrant to recover this bicycle from Braun’s residence.

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Walk By Shooting Suspects Apprehended

Case# 21-005326

On 9/4/21 at approximately 9:19 PM, Chico Police Dispatch received reports of a male threatening to shoot people. Dispatch learned that the subject was associated with two other males and they had fired several shots into a residence on Wisconsin Street, Chico. As these subjects were leaving the area, they threatened a subject and pointed a firearm at them. Officers arrived on scene and contacted three subjects leaving the area on foot. Two of the subjects failed to follow the direction of Officers and continued to attempt to flee by walking away.

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Homicide

Case# 21-005313

****************** UPDATE 09/08/2021 *****************

The decedent in this case has been identified as Guy Steven Vanzant (53) of Chico, CA. This is an ongoing investigation. No further information will be released at this time.

If anyone has information about this incident, please call the Violence Suppression Unit of the Chico Police Department at (530) 897–4911.

Location: Teichert Pond, Chico

Victims: Guy Steven Vanzant (53)

Suspect: Unknown

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Subject Arrested with Stolen Handgun

Case# 21-005307

Stolen  .40 caliber handgun

On September 3, 2021, at about 10:19 p.m., a Chico Police Officer was on routine patrol on Mangrove Avenue at E. 1st Avenue. The officer conducted a proactive enforcement stop of a passing motorist for a vehicle code infraction. The officer contacted the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, Silas Norman (age 21).
A record’s check showed Silas did not have a valid driver’s license. During the contact the officer discovered a loaded .40 caliber handgun in plain view in the vehicle. A record’s check of the firearm showed that it was stolen. Silas was arrested.

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Vehicle Code Violations Towed from Comanche Creek Parking Lot

The Chico Police Department noted multiple vehicle code violations in the Comanche Creek parking lot. The violations included the blocking of the roadway in the parking lot. This was highlighted during two recent incidents: One was a recreational vehicle fire where the Fire Department and Police could not gain close access to the burning vehicle and the other was a medical call where an ambulance could not get out of the parking lot due to an illegally parked vehicle blocking the roadway.

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Armed Subject Assaults Police Officer

Case# 21-005225

Evidence from arrest and recovered stolen firearm

On August 31, 2021, at about 12:00 a.m., a Chico Police Officer was on routine patrol on Ivy Street at W. 1st Street. The officer conducted a proactive enforcement stop of a passing motorist for a vehicle code infraction.

The vehicle stopped and had 5 occupants in it. The driver, Ivory Peteet (age 20) did not have a valid driver’s license. There were open containers of alcohol in the vehicle. Additional officers arrived on scene to assist. Officers began to have the occupants step out of the vehicle to continue their investigation.

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Brandishing Suspects Found with Cocaine for Sale

Case# 21-005218

On August 30th, 2021, at approximately 3:47 PM, Chico Police Officers were dispatched to a report of a firearm brandish near W 8th Street and Main Street in Chico. The victim told CPD dispatch a male had pointed a pistol at him and fled in a vehicle. The vehicle was described as a BMW sedan. CPD officers were able to locate the vehicle driving eastbound on highway 32 as it approached Forest Avenue. Officers conducted a felony stop on the vehicle and detained occupants Nathaniel Birdsong (26 yrs) and Destinee Cortijo (27 yrs). A 9mm pistol was found inside the vehicle.

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Stolen Vehicle Arrest

Case # 21-005128

Chico, CA – On 8/26/2021 at about 12:00 pm, the Chico Police Department received a call in regards to a vehicle that was recently stolen from the 700 block of E. Lassen Avenue. The victim indicated as she exited a convenience store, she saw a male subject get into her vehicle and drive away. An area check was conducted and the vehicle was located unoccupied in the 300 block of E. Lassen Avenue.

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Stolen Bike Returned to Owner

Case # 21-80448

On 08/26/21 at approximately 10:23am, members of the Chico Police Target Team were on patrol in the Lindo Channel near the intersection with Cohasset Ln. Officers saw a newer Specialized Mountain Bike near one of the encampments. All occupants of the camp claimed not to know who the bicycle belonged to. Officers checked the serial numbers on the bike and discovered it had been reported stolen in February of 2021. The bike’s lock had been cut at the intersection of W. 5th St and Ivy St when it was reported stolen. The victim had recorded his serial number and completed an online report.

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Armed Robbery at 7-11 on Walnut Street

Case # 21-005106

On 08/25/2021 at approximately 0230 hours an armed robbery occurred at the 7-11 store located at 308 Walnut St. An employee working near the back of the store saw a male enter the store with a long gun. The employee along with a second employee did not hesitate to rush into the nearby bathroom where they were able to lock themselves inside and call 911.

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Sex Offender Arrested In Comanche Creek

Case # 21-005074

On 08/24/2021 at approximately 11:34am, the Chico Police Target Team was on patrol in the area of Comanche Creek. Officers encountered a subject named Gilbert Metz (age 62), in one of the encampments. Metz is required to register as a sex offender and was out of compliance with his registration. Metz was arrested without incident for a felony violation of failing to register as a sex offender per 290.013(a) of the California Penal Code.

Location: Comanche Creek

Date/Time: 08/24/2021 at 11:34am

Supervisor: Sgt. Paul Ratto

Lieutenant: Brian Miller

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Theft of Utilities in Comanche Creek

Case# 21-005002

On 08/23/21 at approximately 1:02 pm a Chico Park Ranger was on routine patrol in the Comanche Creek Greenway. The Park Ranger noticed that the City of Chico’s irrigation line, used to water vegetation, had been tapped into by a nearby camp. The water was diverted into a holding reservoir and being used for personal use in an encampment. The occupant of the camp was interviewed and cited for theft of utilities per 498(b)(1) PC.

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