On 07-03-2020 at approximately 3:15 pm, Chico Police Dispatch
received a call of a road rage incident near the intersection of
W. 5th Street and Walnut Street. The victim said that during the
incident, the suspect had pointed a handgun at him. The suspect
then fled the scene in his vehicle, but not before the victim was
able to provide the vehicle’s license plate to the police
dispatcher. Officers arrived in the area of the incident and
began to check the address where the vehicle was registered. The
vehicle was described as a 2010 Volkswagen.
Chico PD officers, assisted by Butte County Sheriff’s deputies, located the suspect vehicle near the intersection of El Monte Drive and E. 8th Street. A vehicle enforcement stop was conducted near the intersection of Forest Avenue and E. 8th Street. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Chad Frye age 22 of Chico, was detained without incident. The victim was able to positively identify Frye as the suspect involved in the brandishing. A search of the vehicle resulted in a realistic replica firearm inside the vehicle.
Frye was placed under arrest for 417.4 PC, Brandishing a Fictitious Weapon with the Intent to Threaten. Frye was then transported to BC Jail for the above charge.
Location: W. 5th Street/Walnut Street
Suspect: Chad Frye, Age 22, of Chico Supervisor: Sgt. Jeff Durkin
Commander: Cmdr. Mike Rodden