Felony Arrest

Case# 20-006989


On 12/22/20 at approximately 0320 hours a Chico Police Officer saw a vehicle traveling the wrong way on a one way in the downtown area of Chico. Upon seeing the violation, the officer conducted an enforcement stop on the driver and sole occupant. From the outset of the traffic stop the driver was evasive in answering questions and didn’t have identification to prove his identity. In addition, the vehicle identification number did not match the license plate on the vehicle. Based on the reasonable suspicion the driver was lying about his identity and the probability the vehicle was stolen, the driver was detained. During a probable cause search of the vehicle, the license plate belonging to the vehicle in question was located inside the passenger compartment. Upon contact with the vehicles registered owner, the vehicle was determined to be stolen. Inside the stolen vehicle officers found over 250 pieces of mail, most of which were from Sacramento area residents. The mail from Chico residents was determined to be stolen. The driver, Robert Hermansen, originally provided his twin brother’s name. The twin lives in the state of Ohio, where Robert also hails from. Hermansen was determined to be a fugitive from justice with a felony warrant out of the Ohio for narcotics transportation. In addition, at the Chico Police Department Temporary Holding Facility, Hermansen had concealed methamphetamine in a pocket inside of his clothing, then tried to dispose of it before officers noticed. This was caught by an observant officer who prevented Hermansen from destroying the evidence.
Hermansen was booked into the Butte County Jail for vehicle theft, license plate theft, mail theft, identity theft, possession of a controlled substance and bringing a controlled substance into a jail.

Location: 700 block of Main St.
Date/Time: 12/22/20 @ 0320 hours
Suspect: Robert Hermansen, 25 years old
Supervisor: Sergeant Mark Bass
Watch Commander: M. Williams

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