*UPDATE* Armed Felon Arrested on Playground

Case# 22-002014


ARMED FELON ARRESTED AT PARK UPDATE This press release reflects the correct date of the original incident as April 2nd, 2022.

On April 2nd, 2022, at approximately 7:15 PM, detectives with the Chico Police Department’s Violence Suppression Unit (VSU) located a subject believed to be unlawfully armed with a handgun at the Dorothy Johnson Center, located in the 700 block of E. 16th Street, Chico. The location is a neighborhood park that contains a playground, basketball courts, and juvenile learning facilities. JORGE HERNANDEZ (26) a convicted felon, fled from officers upon contact, and was detained after a short foot-pursuit. HERNANDEZ was in possession of a loaded pistol at the time of his arrest.

An additional subject, MARIO URZUA-AVALOS (20), was contacted during the incident and found to be in violation of his probation terms. URZUA-AVALOS was arrested for violation of probation.

HERNANDEZ was booked into the Butte County Jail with a request for the following charges:

29800(a)(1) PC Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm

30305(a) PC Felon in Possession of Ammunition

148(a)(1) PC Resisting, Obstructing, Delaying Law Enforcement Officers

25400(a)(2) PC Unlawfully Carry of a Concealed, Loaded Pistol

Case Number: 22-002014

Location: Dorothy Johnson Center, Chico

Victim: State of California

Suspects: Jorge Hernandez (26) Mario Urzua-Avalos (20)

Supervisor: Sergeant Dane Gregory

Watch Commander: Sergeant Jeff Durkin

Evidence- Gun

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