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Two Arrested after Traffic Stop, Foot Chase and K-9 Deployment

Case #: 21-00654

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On 2/1/21, at 5:01 pm, a Chico Police Officer conducted a traffic stop in the area of West 4th Avenue and the Esplanade. Once the vehicle came to a stop, the driver, later identified as 25-year-old Branden Thurston, immediately fled on foot into a nearby neighborhood. Two occupants in the vehicle were immediately detained. Additional officers responded to the area and were notified that Thurston was jumping fences in the 1300 block of Magnolia Avenue. Officers established a perimeter and conducted a yard to yard search. Enloe Hospital was placed on a precautionary lockdown during the investigation.

During the search, Officer Thomas Cox and his canine partner “Pax” searched a backyard in the 100 block of West 3rd Avenue and located Thurston hiding underneath a set of stairs. Thurston immediately gave up upon noticing “Pax” and was taken into custody without incident. Thurston was arrested for an outstanding burglary warrant and resisting arrest.

Chico resident Bobby Stone, the other passenger in the vehicle, was found to be in possession of a .22 caliber long rifle. Stone is a prohibited person from carrying a firearm and was arrested for possession of firearm and possession of ammunition. Both Thurston and Stone were transferred to the Butte County Jail, where they were booked on the following charges:

Bobby Stone: • 29800 PC – (Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm) and 30305 (a) PC – (Prohibited Person in Possession of Ammunition)

Brandon Thurston • 148 PC – (Resisting Arrest) • Outstanding Burglary Warrant

Location: West 4th Avenue and Esplanade

Date/Time: 2/1/2021 at 5:01 pm (Case# 21-00654)

Supervisor: Sgt. Marcelo Escobedo #S-7

Watch Commander: Lieutenant Mike Williams #L-9

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