On November 12, 2020, at about 5:03 pm, the Chico Police Department received a 911 call from Rite Aid, 650 Mangrove Avenue, Chico. An unknown woman had tried to take a shopping cart from the store property. A store employee contacted the woman, and she charged at the employee with a knife. The suspect threatened to kill the employee as she was trying to stab him. The woman fled the scene south bound on Mangrove Avenue.
Several officers circulated the area. Officers located a woman matching the suspect description at a transient encampment near the Horseshoe Pits area in Lower Bidwell Park. The woman was identified as Cora Reith (67 years old). The victim positively identified Reith as the woman who tried to stab him.
Thankfully the victim was uninjured. Cora Reith was arrested for 211 PC-Robbery, 245(a)(1) PC-Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and 422 PC-Criminal Threats. She was booked into the Butte County Jail on the three felony charges.
Location: Rite Aid, 650 Mangrove Avenue, Chico, CA.
Suspects: Cora Reith
Supervisor: Sergeant Adrian
Watch Commander: Lieutenant Tupper