Police Department News Releases

Police Department Press Releases


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Sunglass Hut Burglary Arrest

Case# 22-000248

On Thursday, January 13th, 2022, at 2:39 PM, the Chico Police Dispatch Center received a 911 call from the Sunglass Hut in the Chico Mall reporting another grand theft of sunglasses from the store.  Officers arrived in the area within two minutes of the original call and began an area check for the suspects.  Officers were unable to locate the thieves.


Multiple Drug Overdose

Case# 22-000277

On 01/14/22 the Chico Police Department was called to a residence on Roberto Ct., Chico Ca after a resident found two house mates lying on the ground, believing they had overdosed on drugs.  Police and Fire personnel arrived on scene, entered the residence, and found two men unconscious.   Multiple doses of Narcan were administered on scene by fire and medical personnel.  As Officers, Fire and EMS personnel were on scene, an unknown substance was discovered throughout the floor.  Based on statements made, and the symptoms observed, it was believed that the unknown s


Grand Theft Sunglass Hut


On 01/13/2022 The Sunglass Hut, inside the Chico Market Place, located at 1950 E. 20th St., became the victim of a grand theft for the 5th time in the last year.  The most recent occurring on Saturday, 01/08/2022.


Elder Abuse Assault of Chico Downtown Ambassador


On 1/13/2022 at approximately 1143 hours Chico Police offices were dispatched to E. 5th St. and Main St. where a victim of an assault was located. The victim, a male in his 70’s, was working as a Downtown Ambassador when he was approached and assaulted by a suspect familiar to him. The suspect, Patrick Jeremiah (37 yo), is a local transient who frequents the downtown area.
At the time of the assault the victim was throwing away garbage he had picked up while working in the DTA. As the victim did so, Suspect Jeremiah approached him


Armed Felon Arrested

Case# 22-00181

On January 10, 2022, at about 1:45 a.m., a Chico Police Officer was on patrol in the area of Otterson Drive and Hegan Lane. The Officer conducted a proactive enforcement stop of a passing motorist for a vehicle code violation. The Officer contacted the sole occupant of the vehicle, identified as Marvin Mercado. As the officer was approaching the vehicle Mercado threw a loaded magazine from a handgun out the passenger side window. Multiple Chico Police Officers responded to the scene and Mercado was detained without incident.


Shots into a Residence

Case# 22-000160

On Saturday January 8th, 2022, just after 11:30 pm, Chico Police began receiving calls of shots heard, near the intersection of California Park Dr. and Elderberry Ct., Chico, Ca.  Officers responded to the area and located evidence of a shooting.   

A home in the area was struck by gunfire.  It is believed that the shooter might have been associated with a vehicle that was heard in the area just before the shooting. 

No one was injured and Officers canvassed the adjacent homes to ensure all neighbors were safe.


Cat Injury Case Update


On January 2, 2022, the Chico Police Department responded to an address in a residential area in north Chico regarding a possible animal abuse. The caller was the owner of a cat which he believed had been intentionally maimed. The cat had sustained a severe tail injury and was “de-gloved,” meaning the skin from the animal’s tail had come off. The tail was located on a pillow next to the residence. The owner rushed his cat to the vet where it was treated and is recovering from the injury.


Grab-and-Run Theft from Chico Mall


On January 8, 2022, at 1:15 p.m., the Chico Police Dispatch Center received a 911 call from the Sunglass Hut in the Chico Mall reporting a grand theft of sunglasses from the store. Officers arrived in the area within two minutes of the original call and began an area check for the suspects. Officers were unable to locate the thieves.


Armed Man Arrested in Chico


On January 5th, 2022, at 0821 hours, The Chico Police Dispatch Center received a call of a vehicle theft that had just occurred in south Chico. A responding officer found the vehicle driving recklessly southbound on Forest Avenue near Humboldt Road. The vehicle fled into the parking lot of an apartment complex on Amanda Way and the driver fled on foot. Responding officers were able to determine the suspect fled into an apartment. Subsequent investigation led officers to the name of the suspect and information the suspect was still inside the apartment.


Robbery Suspect Arrested

Case# 22-000038

On 1/2/2022, at approximately 5:17 pm, Chico Police Officers responded to 1000 Columbus Avenue on a report of a robbery. Officers arrived within minutes and spoke with the victim. During the investigation, officers learned that 33-year-old Brandon Roades approached the victim armed with a handgun and demanded his property. The victim did not have any property to give Roades and Roades fled on foot. As officers were investigating this robbery, Chico Police Dispatch received another robbery call in the parking lot of Walgreens (1042 Nord Avenue).


*UPDATE* 1-3-22 /Robbery Suspect Arrested

Case# 21-007852

Prior to today’s incident described below, eight armed robberies have been reported at markets in West Chico since December 14th, 2021. Three of the robberies occurred at the Sinclair market and gas station located at 1115 W. 6th Street. Accordingly, the CPD Patrol Division initiated extra patrols to both deter robbery suspects and to increase the chances of apprehending them should additional robberies occur.


Theft Avoided-Suspects Arrested

Case# 21-007772

On 12/26/2021 at 0454 hours, Chico Police Dispatch received a call from a security company monitoring Pick N Pull Auto Dismantlers located at 397 E. Park Avenue. The caller indicated they could see subjects on video going through vehicles inside the locked gates of the closed business. Officers from the Chico Police Department arrived on scene and began a search of the facility. Within minutes of entering the business Officers located one subject who fled. Officers established a perimeter and eventually located William Battinich and Ian Mickey who were taken into custody without incident.


Armed Robberies


On December 25th, 2021, at approximately 0847 a.m., the Chico Police Department received a call about an armed robbery that had just occurred at a gas station near downtown Chico. Officers arrived and determined an unknown white male brandished a firearm at the clerk and demanded cash. The suspect fled the area on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.


Package Thief Arrested

Case# 21-007703

On 12/22/21, Chico Police Dispatch received a call for service regarding a possible theft that just occurred. The reporting party informed Dispatch that he witnessed an unknown subject take a delivered package from the neighbor’s residence. A description of the subject was provided with a direction of travel. While officers were enroute, the subject discarded the package in another yard. Chico Police Officers responded to the scene and located a subject, later identified as Rebecca HAMBURG, age 31, who matched the description.


Suspicious Circumstances

Case# 2021-355-269

On 12/21/21, at about 5:00 PM, Chico Police received a call for service regarding a possible suspicious package received at the City of Chico Municipal Building located at 411 Main Street, Chico. Once officers arrived and reviewed the package, they determined the package to be suspicious in nature. Due to the circumstances, the building was evacuated, and the Butte County Interagency Bomb Squad responded to the scene. Upon the Bomb Squad arrival, they took measures to render the package safe. No dangerous items were located.


Vehicle VS. Pedestrian Collision

Case# 21-007660

On December 20th, 2021 at about 5:22pm, Chico Police Dispatch received several 911 calls regarding a vehicle versus pedestrian collision on Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway at Silver Dollar Way. Officers arrived on scene as the pedestrian was still laying in the roadway. Officers spoke with witnesses who said the pedestrian was crossing MKL Jr. Pkwy w/b and was struck by a southbound vehicle. The driver of the car stopped and remained on scene to provide a statement to officers. Due to the severity of the pedestrian’s injuries, the Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) was called in.


Mulitple Arrests for Suspicion of Driving Under the Influence

Case# 21-0087649

On 12/20/2021, at 12:02 a.m. the Chico Police Department received a 911 call from a resident at 2534 North Avenue indicating a vehicle had just crashed into their apartment building. The first Officer arrived on scene within two minutes and contacted the driver of the vehicle. The driver attempted to tell the Officer that the actual driver of the vehicle fled the scene on foot, when in all actuality he was the driver. The driver, identified as Javier Mojica, was ultimately arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.



Case# 21-007630

On 12/18/2021 at approximately 7:30 pm, Chico Police officers responded to 1950 East 20th Street (Chico Mall) on a report of a robbery. It was reported that an unknown subject entered the store and demanded money from the cash register. Fearing for their safety, the employees complied with the demands and gave an undisclosed amount of cash to the suspect. The suspect then exited the store and fled through the parking lot. Chico PD officers responded to the area within minutes of the call; however, officers were unable to locate the suspect.


Major Injury Hit and Run / DUI Arrest

Case #21-007589

On Thursday December 16th, 2021 at about 2350 hours, Chico Police were dispatched to a vehicle versus pedestrian collision at W. 5th Street and Cherry Street. Witnesses reported that a black sedan driving west bound on W. 5th Street struck a pedestrian that was crossing the street in an unmarked crosswalk. The force of the impact launched the pedestrian into air and onto the ground. The black sedan fled the scene. The pedestrian was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.


Catalytic Converter Thieves Arrested

Case #21-007545

On December 15, 2021, at approximately 2:56 a.m., a citizen called in a possible catalytic converter theft on Wyndham Court. The citizen heard a cutting sound, looked outside their home and saw their neighbor’s Honda Accord come down off a jack. Two suspects fled the area in a dark colored truck.

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