On June 22, 2021, at about 1:35 p.m., a Chico Police Officers
were dispatched to the 1000 Block of Columbus Avenue for a report
of an assault. Officers arrived and located a 65 year old subject
with multiple lacerations to his head and face after being struck
with an alleged pipe. Medical personnel were requested and the
victim was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening
During a search of the residence where the incident occurred Officers located a 40 Caliber Glock style “Ghost Gun” loaded with three rounds of ammunition. A “Ghost Gun” is a handgun assembled by the end user that does not possess a serial number. This handgun also had a threaded barrel capable of accepting a sound suppressor. The threaded barrel qualifies this handgun as an assault weapon per current California law.
During the area check Officers located the suspect, Johntai Ray
(19), near the 1100 Block of Nord Avenue. Ray was taken into
custody without further incident.
Ray was arrested for violations of sections 30605(a) PC-Possession of an Assault Weapon, 245 PC-Assault with a Deadly Weapon, 422 PC-Criminal Threats, 368 PC-Elder Abuse. Ray was booked into the Butte County Jail.
Case Number: 21-3723
Location: 1000 Block of Columbus Avenue, Chico, CA
Suspect: Johntai Malique Ray (19 years of age) (See attached
Supervisor: P. Durfee, Officer in Charge
Watch Commander: M. Williams, Lieutenant