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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.

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

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Commercial Burglary – E Park Avenue

Case #: 20-004247

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
08/09/2020

Chico, CA

On 8/09/2020 Chico Police Department was notified by an employee of Industrial Power Products on E. Park Ave, Chico, that the business had been burglarized during the night.  The employee, who didn’t arrive at the business until approximately 0800 hours, found the security gates removed from the front of the business, and multiple power tools missing from inside the business. 

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Fatal Vehicle Collision

Case# 20-004194

 

On August 6th, 2020 at about 0730 hours, Chico Police Department responded to a vehicle versus a pedestrian collision at the roundabout intersection of Yosemite Drive and Idyllwild Circle. Upon arrival Officers discovered that the pedestrian suffered fatal injuries from the collision.  Due to the severity of the injuries, Chico Police Major Accident Investigation Team was activated and responded to the scene. 

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Police Press Releases

Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 8-3-2020

In an effort to continue to inform the public of recent arrests through a Police Press Release, beginning August 5th, 2020, the Chico Police Department Press Releases can be viewed on the City of Chico website at chicoca.gov under the Police Department page.  The Press Releases can also be found on our Chico Police Crime Map at crimemap.chicoca.gov.  The Police Press Releases will no longer be posted to the Chico Police Department Facebook page.

 

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Suicidal Subject Rescued

Case# 20-004162

On August 4th, 2020, at 9:23 AM the Chico Police Department received a report that a suicidal male had slit his wrists and was hanging over the bridge located in the 1000 block of Main Street, Chico. Chico Police Officers and Butte EMS Medics arrived at the bridge and observed a 47-year old male cutting his wrists and suffering from exsanguination while lying upon a small ledge beyond the bridge railing. The bridge spanned Little Chico Creek, which was dry and rocky, approximately 20 feet below the landing.

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Elder Abuse Arrest

Case# 20-004043

On 7/28/20, at approximately 11:47PM, Chico Police Officers were dispatched to a local business on Walnut Street because an individual stated he had been assaulted in Depot Park located at 431 Cedar Street. A Chico Police Officer arrived and contacted an elderly victim who had injuries consistent with being assaulted.

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Missing Person

Case# 20-004033

*UPDATE*
Mr. Smith has been found safe in Glen County.
We would like to thank our community and neighboring community for the quick response in sharing this time sensitive information and assistance in this search. Thank you!

Chico, Ca – On 7-28-2020, the Chico Police Department received information from the family of Tommy Smith (65yrs) who walked away from his home this morning at 11:22hrs and has not been seen or heard from since.  Tommy is disabled, possibly is disoriented and is on foot.

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Child Hospitalized for Heat Exposure

Case# 20-004005

Chico, CA – On 7/26/20 at 4:32 p.m., the Chico Police Dispatch Center received a 911 call from a parent of a four year old girl found suffering from heat exposure in the back seat of the family vehicle. Chico Fire, Butte Medics and Chico Police responded quickly and found the girl conscious but suffering from heat exposure. She was transported to Enloe Medical Center and is in stable condition under observation.

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Murder Investigation/Arrest

Case# 20-004000

On 7/26/2020, at approximately 12:31 pm, Chico Police Dispatch received a 911 call regarding shots seen at West 9th Street and Cedar Street. Chico Police units responded to the scene and located a male subject suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper body. Chico Police began life saving measures. It was also learned by witnesses that the suspect had fled on foot, still carrying the firearm. Officer saturated the area and located a possible suspect in the area of Dayton Road and Walnut Street. The suspect was detained.

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Home Invasion Robbery

Case#20-003394

On 07/26/20 at 1:38 am, the Chico Police Department received a 911 call advising there was a home invasion robbery in progress at a residence in the 800 Block of Cleveland Ave. Officers arrived on scene within minutes but the two suspects had fled prior to arrival. Two adult victims were suffering the effects of being pepper sprayed by the suspects. The victims reported they were asleep in their bed when two masked suspects kicked their front door in and pepper sprayed them. One of the suspects was also said to be armed with a stun gun.

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Elder Abuse and Battery on Officer Arrest

Case# 20-00394

Chico, CA – On 7/23/20, at 4:14 p.m., the Chico Police Dispatch Center received a 911 call from a motorist who was observing a man hitting a woman in a vehicle as they drove in east Chico. Officers were unable to locate the vehicle during an extensive area check at that time. A short time later officers responded to an address on Robailey Drive in Chico. The victim of the earlier abuse called to report her son, 44 year-old Madison Sall, had struck her several times on the head. She said Sall was outside the house breaking windows to get in.

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Wanted Subject who assaulted Police K9 Arrested

*UPDATE**
On 7/19/20, at 4:01 p.m., the Chico Police Dispatch Center received a 911 call from a woman saying the wanted subject, Jared Kelly, was in her house. A priority response was made by Chico Police units, who arrived within two minutes of the original call. Kelly was located inside the residence and was arrested without incident. He was still wearing the handcuff from this morning’s incident and was suffering from exhaustion and minor puncture wounds from his altercation with K9 Pax this morning.

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Wanted Fugitive Arrest

Case#20-003610

 On July 10th 2020, at approximately 4:30 p.m. the Chico Police Dispatch Center received a call from a citizen who observed the occupants of a vehicle in possession of a handgun. Officers located the vehicle and learned the suspects had gone into an apartment on La Leita Court in Chico. Through investigation, Officers determined there had been three occupants of the vehicle. Two of the occupants, both 17 year-old females, were detained outside the residence. A third occupant, an adult male, was believed to still be inside the residence.

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Single vehicle Collision

Case# 20-003667

On Wednesday July 8th, 2020 at about 8pm, Chico Police Department responded to a single vehicle collision on Cohasset Rd near Boeing Ave. When Officers arrived on scene, they found the Toyota sedan off the road, in the eastern ravine, upside-down. The driver was still inside the vehicle. Officers and emergency personnel removed the driver, later identified as Shareef Abouzeid, a 49-year old Chico resident. Abouzeid exhibited signs of major injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

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K-9 Pax assists in Narcotics Arrest

Case# 20-003664

On 7/8/2020 at approximately 6:20 pm, a Chico Police Officer made a traffic stop on a vehicle near the 11300 block of Midway. The Officer contacted two occupants in the vehicle. The passenger in the vehicle was identified as William Martin, age 38. During the traffic stop, the officer requested a K9 unit to assist.

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Narcotic Sales Arrest

Case# 20-003587

On 07/05/20 at 5:09am Chico Police Officers responded to 25 Heritage Ln, (Best Western Heritage Inn) for a report of a fight. Officers contacted a female inside the hotel in possession of a backpack with a merchandise alarm device still attached. An officer contacted the female who admitted she had narcotics in her backpack. A subsequent search of the backpack yielded 52.71 grams of methamphetamine, 54.4 grams of heroin, $585.00 in U.S currency, digital scales and narcotics packaging materials. The female was identified as 23 year old, Chico resident, Rachelle Velasquez.

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Shooting

Case# 20-003626

On July 7, 2020, at approximately 0037 hours, Chico Police Department received reports of shots fired and a vehicle leaving at a high rate of speed in the area of Mountain View Mobile Acres located at 3156 Esplanade, Chico, CA. When Officers arrived, they located evidence of a shooting. Officers discovered the residence of 3156 Esplanade, Space 244 and a vehicle were struck by gunfire. Inside the residence, a resident was also struck, but received non-life threatening injuries.

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Shooting

Case# 20-003626

On July 7, 2020, at approximately 0037 hours, Chico Police Department received reports of shots fired and a vehicle leaving at a high rate of speed in the area of Mountain View Mobile Acres located at 3156 Esplanade, Chico, CA. When Officers arrived, they located evidence of a shooting. Officers discovered the residence of 3156 Esplanade, Space 244 and a vehicle were struck by gunfire. Inside the residence, a resident was also struck, but received non-life threatening injuries.

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Stolen Green Machine Recovered

Case# 20-003612

On July 6th, 2020, at 12:27 PM the Chico Police Department received a report that a subject had just stolen his son’s Huffy Green Machine tricycle from a neighborhood in Creek Hollow Drive, Chico. The reporting party located the suspect near a transient camp behind Kohl’s on Springfield Drive. Chico Police officers arrived and located the victim’s stolen Green Machine in the possession of WADE SPRINGER (29, transient in Butte County). SPRINGER was arrested and the Green Machine was returned to the child.

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Fireworks Start Fire at Residence- Arson

Case# 20-003602

On 07/05/20 at 10:52pm, Chico Police received multiple 911 calls about a female recklessly lighting off fireworks near the intersection of W.2nd St.and Walnut St. The fireworks were being ignited near shrubbery and trees. Chico Police Officers responded to the scene and learned that a bush in front of an occupied residence caught fire. Officers arrived on scene and witnesses pointed out the responsible female. She was detained without incident. Thanks to the quick response of the Chico Fire Department the blaze was extinguished before the residence was affected by the fire.

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Fireworks Start Fire at Residence

Case# 20-003602

On 07/05/20 at 10:52pm, Chico Police received multiple 911 calls about a female recklessly lighting off fireworks near the intersection of W.2nd St.and Walnut St. The fireworks were being ignited near shrubbery and trees. Chico Police Officers responded to the scene and learned that a bush in front of an occupied residence caught fire. Officers arrived on scene and witnesses pointed out the responsible female. She was detained without incident. Thanks to the quick response of the Chico Fire Department the blaze was extinguished before the residence was affected by the fire.

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