On 09/16/20 at approximately 6:37am a citizen reported a vegetation fire near Big Chico Creek in 1100 block of Bidwell Ave. The citizen reported an unknown male walked by her and told her, “Michelle did it”. The fire was extinguished by the Chico Fire Department.
At 8:06am another alert citizen reported a female subject starting fires in Lower Bidwell Park near the One Mile Recreation Area. This citizen followed the arsonist and kept dispatch updated with her location. Chico Police Officers were able to detain this subject a short distance from where the fires were started. The Chico Fire Department was able to extinguish the fires and keep them from spreading. The female arsonist was positively identified by the witness. She was identified as 34-year-old Chico resident Micheal Childers-Marchick. Childers-Marchick was charged with 451© PC, Arson of Forrest Land, a felony.
The Chico Police Department has not identified the witness to the first fire. If anyone has information or witnessed the starting of these fires, please contact the Chico Police Department at 530-897-4900. and reference case # 20-005041.
Location: Lower Bidwell Park
Date/Time: 09/16/20 @ 8:06am
Supervisor: Sgt. Paul Ratto
Watch Commander: Commander Mike Rodden C6