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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Homicide Investigation

Case# 21-004645

On August 1st, 2021 at approximately 3:50 pm, Chico Police officers responded to 11301 Midway (Comanche Creek) on a report of a stabbing. It was reported that two male subjects were involved in an altercation and one subject had been stabbed. Officers arrived on scene and located an unidentified male subject suffering from a stab wound to the chest. The victim was transported to Enloe Hospital where he ultimately died of his injuries. A male subject matching the description of the other involved party was located about a block away from the murder scene. He was detained by officers.


Wanted Felon Arrested After Stealing a Vehicle

Case# 21-004564

On 7/28/21, close to 3:00 PM, a Chico Police Officer was dispatched to a car that was just stolen in The South One Mile Park area.  The victim informed the officer that as he was unloading items to enjoy the day in the park, he saw a female driving away in his vehicle.  The victim called Chico Police and provided a description of the female and his vehicle. Once the officer contacted the victim, a full description of the vehicle and the suspect was given to the on-duty officers.



Fatal Collision

Case# 21-004475

On Sunday July 25th, 2021 at about 0703 hours, Chico Police were dispatched to a vehicle collision and explosion at the bridge in the 300 block of Nord Avenue. This location is where Nord Ave. and Walnut Street (S/R 32) meet. When Officers and emergency personnel arrived on scene, the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames. Chico Fire Dept. quickly extinguished the fire. Inside the vehicle were the remains of a charred human. We were able to determine the driver was the only occupant inside the vehicle. Chico Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team took over the investigation.


Armed Felon Arrested in Downtown Chico


Booking photo of male, no shirt

On July 25, 2021, at about 12:00 a.m., Chico Police Officers were on patrol in downtown Chico. Officers responded to 222 Main Street on a report of a subject passed out in the driver’s seat of a parked vehicle. Officers contacted the subject and identified him as Rogelio Miguel Martinez (30 years-old). Through investigation, officers determined Martinez was too intoxicated to care for his own safety. Officers arrested Martinez for public intoxication.


Felony DUI and Violation of Probation Arrest


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On 7/25/21 at approximately 0051 hrs. CPD Dispatch received a report of a possibly intoxicated driver near the Downtown Chico area. The driver was reported to have nearly collided head-on with at least two separate vehicles being driven on the roadway. Officers responded to the area and located the suspect vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic enforcement stop. The driver of the vehicle, Veronica Gonzalez, refused to stop for officers, and a brief slow speed pursuit ensued. Gonzalez eventually yielded her vehicle when she came to the Lower Bidwell Park entrance gate.


Report of Violence with a Gun

Case# 21-004446

On Saturday, 7/24/21 at approximately 9:01 AM the Chico Police Department received a report of shooting that had just occurred at an apartment residence in the 1300 block of Citrus Avenue, Chico. The victim reported the suspect, an unidentified black adult male, brandished a firearm and fired rounds at him. At the time of this press release, evidence indicative of the discharging of a firearm has not been located.

The Chico Police Department is requesting members of the public with additional information regarding the incident call (530) 897-4900 and reference case 21-4446.


Parolee with a Felony Warrant Apprehended By K9 Pax


K9 Pax

On 07/20/21 just after 7pm, a Chico Police Officer attempted to conduct a vehicle stop at W. Shasta Ave and Esplanade.  The driver fled at a high rate of speed. Officers began to pursue, but shortly thereafter terminated their pursuit due to the high speed.   



Chico Animal Services – Bat Tests Positive for Rabies

A bat recently picked up by Chico Animal Control was found to be positive for Rabies. Bats are beneficial in that they eat a huge number of night-flying insects, including agricultural pests, making them a valuable part of our ecology. However, bats are also capable of carrying Rabies, and are the primary source of Rabies in Butte County. Rabies can infect all mammals, including humans. Because Rabies is 100% fatal once symptoms appear, it is important to prevent exposure, and if exposed receive anti-rabies treatment.



Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Case# 21-004211

On July 14, 2021, at approximately 1800 hours, Chico Police Officers were dispatched to a reported rollover collision near the intersection of W. 1st Ave/Hobart Street.  Officers, along with Chico Fire Department and Butte County Medics, arrived on scene and located two vehicles involved in the collision.  After a brief investigation, Officers learned James Lamont LAWSON, age 49, collided with a parked vehicle causing his vehicle to roll over. 


Commercial Burglary Suspects Arrested

Case# 21-004076

Booking photo of male in black shirt

On July 9th, 2021, at about 5:00 AM, Chico Police Officers were dispatched to a commercial burglary alarm at JC Penny inside the Chico Marketplace. Officer’s arrived at the Chico Marketplace and detained two adult male suspects, Wekin Tankul (Age 20) and Antonio Garza (Age 19), along with a Juvenile suspect, who were on the roof of the JC Penny building. All three suspects were arrested for attempted burglary of JC Penny.


Felon Arrested For Auto Theft and Evading

Case# 21-004069

Booking photo of male in black shirt

On July 9th, 2021 at approximately 0203 hours a solo Chico Police Officer, patrolling the downtown area, located an occupied stolen vehicle. The driver and sole occupant of the stolen vehicle was heading northbound on Main St. from E. 4th St. The officer followed the vehicle through the downtown area to W. 2nd St. and Chestnut St. There, another officer joined the solo officer and the two units initiated a high-risk felony traffic stop. Unfortunately, as soon as emergency lights were activated, the driver of the stolen vehicle accelerated westbound on W. 2nd St.


Chico PD Statement on the Gelayo Incident

Press Release

The Chico Police Department would like to address concerns from the community surrounding the incident at Gelayo involving juveniles. We want to assure the community we responded to Gelayo on the day of the incident and started an investigation into the matter. We have already spoken with the Butte County District Attorney’s Office concerning the details of the case and the possibility of a potential hate crime having occurred. At this point in the investigation, we are attempting to identify the juveniles involved.


Structure Fire

Case# 21-003958

On July 3, 2021, at 5:31 p.m., The Chico PD Dispatch Center received multiple 911 calls of a structure fire behind a residence on the 100 block of W. 19th Street in Chico. Chico Fire responded and found a small structure behind the residence fully engulfed. The fire also began to spread to nearby vegetation. By 5:47 p.m., Chico Fire crews had the fire knocked down and began a search of the building. During the search, one person was located deceased inside the structure. Chico Fire Investigators along with the Chico Police Department conducted an investigation into the cause of the fire.


Armed Felon Arrested

Case# 21-003839

Booking photo of male in white tank top

On June 27, 2021, at about 9:30 p.m., Chico Police Officers were on patrol in the area of Cohasset Lane. Officers observed a suspicious vehicle and attempted to contact the driver. The driver, Charles Bates, briefly stopped for officers then accelerated his vehicle at a high rate of speed in an attempt to flee the area. Within seconds the vehicle collided with a curb in the rear parking lot of Enloe Fountain Medical Plaza, 251 Cohasset Road. The collision sheared a wheel off the vehicle. Bates lost control of the vehicle, hit a tree and fled the area on foot.


Vehicle Fails to Brake and Breaks Gas Line

Case# 21-003814

On 6/26/21 at approximately 6:20 PM, Chico Police Officers were dispatched to Pine Tree Apartments, located on Emigrant Way, Chico CA. Dispatch received a report of a single vehicle that collided into an apartment, causing damage to a natural gas line.


Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Case# 21-003756

Male booking photo in black shirt

Around 9:30 AM on June 24th the victim was walking into Bidwell Park near Centennial Ave. when a male approached them. The male was carrying a skateboard and suddenly assaulted the victim with the skateboard. The victim was able to avoid the assault and escape without injury. The suspect fled into Bidwell Park with some witnesses attempting to follow him. Chico Police Officers arrived and searched Bidwell Park for over an hour, but they were unable to locate the suspect.


Arson Suspect Arrested

Case# 21-003720

Booking phot of male in blue shirt

On 06/22/2021, at about 0600 hours, Chico Fire dispatch received a call concerning a dumpster on fire behind a business in the 2000 Block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. The fire department quickly responded and extinguished the fire which was contained to the dumpster and no damage to any of the surrounding businesses occurred.


Subject Arrested on Multiple Charges

Case# 21-003723

Booking photo of male , no shirt

On June 22, 2021, at about 1:35 p.m., a Chico Police Officers were dispatched to the 1000 Block of Columbus Avenue for a report of an assault. Officers arrived and located a 65 year old subject with multiple lacerations to his head and face after being struck with an alleged pipe. Medical personnel were requested and the victim was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


Arrest and Recovery of Stolen Property

Case# 21-003678

Booking photo of male in black shirt

On Saturday 6/19/21, the Chico Police Department received a report of a stolen vehicle from the parking lot of the Best Western Heritage Inn in Chico. The victims of the theft were moving out of state and had stopped in Chico for the night to rest at the hotel. The stolen vehicle was a rental moving truck that contained the entire contents of their residence.


Suspected Drug Dealer Arrested

Case# 21-003642

Booking photo of male in white shirt

On June 18, 2021, at about 10:00 p.m., a Chico Police Officer was on a routine patrol in the downtown Chico area. The officer stopped his vehicle and spoke with 56-year-old Stoney King in the parking lot of Arco Gas, 110 W. 9th Street.

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