On 6-19-2021 at approximately 1:30 AM, Chico Police Officers contacted the victim of a sexual assault that had recently occurred in the south Chico area. Chico Police Officers conducted an initial investigation and transported the victim to an area hospital where the victim was treated and evidence was collected. The case was forwarded to the Detective Bureau for further investigation into the sexual assault.
Detectives continued the investigation and identified a suspect based on additional evidence that was gathered. On Wednesday, November 17th, 2021, Chico Police Detectives and Violence Suppression Unit Detectives located and arrested Buster Ryan Rich, 35 years old, of Chico. Rich was taken into custody without incident. Rich was transported to the Butte County Jail and the case forwarded to the Butte County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
Based on the investigation conducted by the Chico Police Department, this appears to be an isolated incident and there is no danger to the public.
Suspect: Buster Ryan Rich, 35 years old from Chico
Investigator: Detective John Nickelson
Supervisor: Sgt. Scott Harris