On 03-27-2020, at approximately 11:35pm, CPD officers were dispatched to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked near the intersection of W. 10th Ave and Esplanade. The reporting party had observed two subjects sitting in a vehicle near a closed business. The reporting party also observed the subjects walking through a nearby business and possibly tampering with other vehicles in the immediate area. Officers arrived on scene and contacted the two subjects who were back inside their vehicle. As the officers were making contact with the vehicle and subjects, one of the officers noticed a broken window to a vehicle that was parked directly behind the occupied vehicle.
Officers contacted William Rasmussen, Age 35 and Christina Delzell, Age 36 both of Chico. While speaking with both occupants, officers noticed narcotics paraphernalia in plain sight inside the vehicle. During a more thorough search of the vehicle, a loaded handgun was located behind the seat of the vehicle. Rasmussen admitted to being the owner of the vehicle. Rasmussen is also a convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing any type of firearm.
Rasmussen was placed under arrest for Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possessing a Loaded Handgun, Possession of Narcotic Paraphernalia and False Registration Tabs on a Vehicle. An attempt to contact the owner of the vehicle with the broken window was made, however, at this time it is unknown when the damage to the window actually took place. No other vehicles in the area appeared to be tampered with. Delzell was released at the scene with no charges. Rasmussen was ultimately transported to the Butte County Jail for the above charges.
The Chico Police Dept. encourages and appreciates members of our community that report suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. Citizens who are vigilant and watch for unusual activity in their neighborhoods provide a valuable service to the Chico community and the police department.
Location: W. 10th Ave/Esplanade
Victim: State of California
Suspect: William Rasmussen, Age 35 of Chico
Supervisor: Sgt. Jeff Durkin
Commander: Cmdr. Mike Williams