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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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Stabbing Suspect Arrested

Case # 22-007141

Chico Police arrested 36-year-old Tyrome Sanders Thursday morning for assault with a deadly weapon after an hours long standoff in Chico.

On November 17, 2022, just before 3 am, Chico Police Dispatch received a call regarding a fire behind Cost Plus World Market on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. When first responders arrived, a victim told them he had been stabbed with a broken bottle. The suspect had already fled the scene.

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Shooting in east Chico

Case # 22-006950

On 11/07/2022 at approximately 8:34 pm, the Chico Police Department received a 911 call regarding a shooting that just occurred in the 1300 block of Longfellow Ave. Officers responded and arrived on scene where they located a male victim, with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his arm. The suspect had left in a vehicle prior to the officers’ arrival. The victim was transported by ambulance to Enloe Hospital for treatment.

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Arrest Made in Recent Hate Crimes

Case # 22-006874

On 11/2/22 and 11/3/22, The Chico Police Department received reports of Hate Crime-related vandalism and arson at the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue and at a mural dedicated to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Investigators from the Violence Suppression Unit (VSU), in collaboration with investigators from the Butte County Probation Department, identified THOMAS BONA (36) as a person of interest in the incidents.

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Mural Vandalized

Case # 22-006874

The Chico Police Department is investigating another hate crime involving a mural dedicated to missing and murdered Indigenous women. The mural is located on the 900 block of W. 2nd Street.
The artist reported the unidentified suspect(s) drew swastikas and obscene language on the mural and attempted to light the bottom on fire.

At this time, it is unknown if this incident is related to the hate crime also being investigated at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue. Both cases have been forwarded to the detective bureau for further investigation.

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Occupied Residential Burglary in South Chico

Case # 22-006862

On 11/3/22 at approximately 0319 hrs. CPD Dispatch received a 911 call regarding an in-progress burglary occurring at a residence in the 300 block of St. Augustine Drive. The reporting party advised of an unknown subject inside their residence. Officers immediately responded to the residence and arrived on scene in less than 3 minutes. The first officer on scene encountered the unidentified suspect exiting the property. A brief foot pursuit was initiated, but the suspect was able to evade capture.

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Hate Crime at Place of Worship

Case # 22-006857

This afternoon, at about 4:15 p.m., the Chico Police Dispatch Center received a call regarding a vandalism incident at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue, located on the 1300 block of Hemlock St. in Chico. Officers arrived on scene and discovered that an unidentified suspect(s) burned a sign in front of the synagogue and drew swastikas on the sign. Officers collected evidence and began an investigation.

The vandalism is being treated as a hate crime. These incidents are serious acts against members of our community and will be investigated thoroughly.

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Chico Police Net Pedophile in Attempt to Catch Predator

Case# 22-005989

On 9/26/22, Chico PD began investigating a child sexual assault involving a 16-year-old female and 74-year-old suspect, Louis Evart. Evart was paying the victim to complete manual labor projects at his mobile home. The victim reported going into Evart’s residence, and Evart displayed child pornography on his computer to the victim. The victim reported this incident to Chico Police Officers and Chico Police Detectives began a follow-up investigation.

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Halloween 2022

The Chico Police Department prepared for the 2022 Halloween weekend by once again increasing Police presence, particularly in the south campus and “Avenues” neighborhoods, popular as student housing. Historically, this weekend is filled with large crowds, large parties, and out-of-town partygoers. To ensure uninterrupted service to the rest of the city, off-duty Chico Police Officers were required to work during the Halloween operational period that covered Friday, October 28 at 6 pm through Tuesday, November 1 at 1 am.

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Assault

On 10/27/22 at 7:19 PM, the Chico Police Department Public Safety Dispatch Center received calls of a disturbance in a parking lot on Nord Avenue. Prior to CPD officers’ arrival, callers advised that someone may have been shot.

CPD officers arrived on scene and located one subject that was bleeding from the arm and the face. CPD Officers determined he had been shot by an air rifle.

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Attempted Bank Robbery

Case# 22-006703

On Thursday, October 27th, 2022, at 12:47 pm,  the Chico Police Department received a call of an attempted bank robbery at the Tri Counties Bank on Pillsbury Rd.  The suspect entered the bank and told the clerk to put money in a bag.  The suspect acted as if he had a firearm, but no firearm was seen.  The suspect fled before receiving any money from the bank.  CPD patrol units were unable to locate the suspect in the area upon being notified of the crime.

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Fentanyl Bust at Windchime Park

The Chico Police TARGET Team was busy today at Windchime Park, readying campers for tomorrow’s camping enforcement. Subjects camping at Windchime Park had been offered sheltering options at the Pallet Shelter, Torres Shelter, and alternate Campsite at Eaton Rd and Cohasset Rd.

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Death in a Public Right of Way

Case# 22-006668

On 10/25/2022 at approximately 1930 hours Chico Police officers were summoned to a business in the 700 block of Mangrove Ave. for a suspicious circumstance. When officers arrived they learned a male customer had come into the store at approximately1600 hours and purchased food and a drink. The male remained in the store for approximately one hour before entering the bathroom at approximately 1700 hours. Employees noticed the male had not come out and made attempts to contact the male. There was no response.

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Negligent Discharge of a Firearm

Case# 22-006614

On October 23, 2022, at approximately 3:21 pm, Chico Police Officers responded to the 300 block of Newport Drive on a report of shots fired from inside a residence. It was reported that a male subject, later identified as Lonnie Davis (56-year-old Chico resident) fired a single round from a handgun after an altercation with a family member. Officers immediately responded to the address and established a perimeter around the home. Officers were able to make contact with the reporting party and have her exit the home without incident.

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Major Injury Collision

Case# 22-006601

On 10/22/2022 at 11:41 PM, Chico Police Officers were dispatched to a vehicle vs. pedestrian collision that occurred near the intersection of Ivy Street and W 3rd Street. Officers arrived on scene along with medical personnel.

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Death Investigation

Case# 22-006575

On October 21, 2022 at 3:49 p.m., The Chico Police Dispatch Center received a 911 call from a person reporting an explosion and an injury to a construction worker in a construction project off Boeing Avenue in North Chico. Chico Police, Chico Fire and Butte Medics responded immediately and found a man unresponsive near a concrete pumping truck. Lifesaving efforts were immediately activated but the man was declared deceased at the scene.

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Stolen Firearm Located During DUI Investigation

Case# 22-002014

On 10/18/22 at approximately 0103 hrs. a Chico Police Officer on routine patrol observed a vehicle violate several provisions of the California Vehicle Code near E. 20th St. and Highway 99. The officer conducted a traffic enforcement stop on the vehicle. During the stop, the officer established that the driver of the vehicle, 22-year-old Atlantic Aguilar, was driving under the influence of alcohol. Aguilar was arrested for DUI.

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Teichert Ponds Shooting

Case# 22-006474

On 10/16/22 at approximately 10:05 PM, Chico Police Dispatch received a report of a shooting at Teichert Ponds in Chico CA. The victim spoke with Dispatch and stated that he had been shot by unknown individuals while he was located in his tent. Officers responded to the area and began a search for the victim and suspects. Three subjects were located leaving the area. The subjects were detained, and Officers ultimately located two firearms near the subjects. The victim was also located, and he was transported to Enloe Hospital with gunshot wounds to his arm and leg.

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Negligent Discharge of a Firearm

Case# 22-006393

On Wednesday, October 12th at about 10:10 p.m. the Chico Police Dispatch Center received a call for service related to a possible shooting that had just occurred in the area of E. 20th St and Roth St.

Officers arrived in the area and learned that teenage juveniles had thrown items at a house in the neighborhood. The resident, later identified as Mr. Gary Powell (68 years) exited his house with a firearm. Mr. Powell discharged the firearm as the juveniles ran away.

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Brandishing/Criminal Threats Incident

Case# 22-006381

On Wednesday, October 12th at about 4:45 p.m. Chico Police Dispatch Center began receiving calls regarding a male chasing and threatening pedestrians and vehicles while armed with a knife. Numerous officers arrived in the area and located the male, identified as Mr. Maurice Hill (53 years) on Citrus Ave immediately adjacent to Citrus Elementary School. The school was placed on lockdown while officers contacted Mr. Hill who was still armed with the knife.

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Fatal Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Collision

Case# 22-6202

On October 5th , 2022 at about 0752 hours, Chico Police Dispatch received several 911 calls regarding a vehicle versus pedestrian collision on Bruce Road at California Park Dr. Emergency personnel arrived on scene and found a pedestrian on the ground not breathing. Lifesaving efforts were performed but the pedestrian succumbed to her injuries. Several witnesses were contacted at scene and provided detailed statements. The female jogger had been on a run when she attempted to cross Bruce Rd. against a red signal. The vehicle was traveling northbound Bruce Rd.

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