Arrest for Impersonating an Officer

Case# 22-005019


Location: 2000 Block Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

On 8/13/2022 a Chico Police Officer was on patrol in the area of the 2000 Block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway. when the officer observed a Ford Crown Victoria with California Exempt license plates that did not match the vehicle. The officer conducted a traffic enforcement stop and contacted and detained the solo occupant of the vehicle, Lonnie Henderson (3/23/1960). During the stop, it was determined that the license plate had been stolen from a Sutter County Government vehicle.

Henderson’s vehicle was found to have fully functioning forward and rear facing red and blue emergency lights, as well as a functioning audible siren and PA system. Henderson admitted to stealing the California Exempt license plate and outfitting his vehicle with red and blue emergency lights, as well as the siren and PA system in an attempt to identify himself as a police officer.

Additionally, Henderson was found to be in possession of a large amount of fraudulent US Currency, which he obtained online. Henderson admitted to using the fake currency to purchase items at several businesses around the City of Chico.

Henderson was transported to Butte County Jail and booked on the following charges: Impersonating a Peace Officer 538d(a) PC, Knowingly Displaying False Plates 4462.5 VC, Possession of stolen Property 496 PC, and Possession of Fraudulent Currency with the Intent to Defraud 475(a) PC.

Anyone with additional information regarding the above incident is encouraged to contact the Chico Police Department (530) 897-4911.

Date/Time:8/13/2022 1248 Hours 

Suspect: Lonnie Henderson (DOB 3/23/60)

Supervisor: Sgt. David Bailey

Watch Commander: Terry Tupper, Lieutenant

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