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Police Department Press Releases

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The Press Information Office is a central location for the media and community to obtain information and press releases regarding the newsworthy events in which the Chico Police Department has played a role.

Media outlets and public agencies wishing to receive department press releases submit an email address here.

Press Releases and Public Service Announcements are also available on the Chico Police Department Facebook Page

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Suspected Drug Dealer Arrested

21-002754

Booking photo of male in black shirt

With the aid of anonymous tips garnered from the public, a Chico PD patrol officer wrote a search warrant for Brentston Tyler Rhodes and his residence. On May 7th, 2021, at about 9:20 p.m., officers executed the warrant on the 600 Block of W. 7th Street in Chico.

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Rollover Collision

Case# 2021-126-068

On Thursday May 6th, 2021 at about 0845 hours, several 911 calls came into the Chico Police Dispatch center regarding a rollover collision. The callers said two SUV’s collided at the intersection of 6th and Main Streets. Officers arrived on scene and saw that one of the vehicles had rolled over onto its roof. Both drivers were out of their vehicles and were not injured. The drivers were identified as a 73-year old female and a 43-year old male, both from Chico. The investigation revealed the 73-year old female ran the red light which caused the collision.

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Willful Discharge of a Firearm in a Grossly Negligent Manner

Case# 21-002645

On 5-2-21 at approximately 10:47 pm, the Chico Police Department Communication Center started receiving calls of a shooting in the alleyway behind 515 Hickory Street. The reporting party observed a male subject fire two shots at another male subject in the alleyway. Both subjects fled the area just after the shooting occurred.
Officers from the Chico Police Department responded to the scene and searched for the involved parties; however, they were not located. Officer contacted witnesses and canvased the area for evidence. Officers did locate evidence that a shooting occurred.

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Traffic Collision

Case# 21-002617

On 05/01/2021, around 9:22 AM, the Chico Police Department received a report of a traffic collision at Cohasset Rd. and Eaton Rd. The initial reports stated one driver had been ejected from a vehicle during the collision. Medical personnel were nearby and arrived on scene quickly.
The investigation revealed one vehicle was seen driving recklessly south on Cohasset Rd. just prior to the accident. Witnesses saw the vehicle enter the intersection at Eaton Rd. against a red light and broadside a vehicle traveling east through the intersection on Eaton Rd.

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Armed Subject Arrested

Case# 21-002505

Booking photo of male wearing wht tank top

On April 24, 2021, at about 8:13 p.m., a Chico Police Officer was on patrol in the area of East Avenue and Highway 99. The officer conducted a proactive enforcement stop of a passing motorist for a vehicle code infraction. The officer contacted the sole occupant of the vehicle, Ivan Rafael Gracian-Velazquez (age 27).

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Council Meeting

Two females sitting in Council Chambers

UPDATE 5-4-21 2:27PM   With help from the community, the three women depicted in the surveillance video causing a disturbance at the Chico City Council meeting have been identified. Two women have been cited for violation of 403 PC, and a warrant has been submitted to the Butte County District Attorney’s office for the third subject. Two of the women are Chico residents, and the third is a Sutter County resident. The case has been investigated and submitted to the Butte County District Attorney’s Office for review.

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Suspicious Circumstances

Case# 21-002393

On 4/19/21, at approximately 5:33 PM, Chico Police Officers responded to a local business regarding a suspicious circumstance regarding a subject that had attempted to “grab” a child.  Officers responded to the business and contacted the reporting party, an involved party, and the subject.  The investigating officer obtained additional information regarding the incident.  The officers are looking for additional evidence to determine if a criminal act occurred.  This is an on-going investigation. 

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Knife Wielding Man Safely Apprehended in Busy Downtown

Case# 21-002340

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On April 17th, 2021, at approximately 2227 hour, Chico Police Officers were dispatched to the 300 block of W. 2nd Street, Chico for a subject brandishing a knife. CPD Dispatch advised a white male adult in a red hat and black leather jacket had pulled a knife out and brandished it at a Madison Bear Garden employee. Officers quickly arrived in the area and located the suspect at a nearby business. The subject refused Officer’s commands to stop. Officers attempted to detain the subjects for over a block, using verbal commands.

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Man Arrested after Causing Multi-Vehicle Collision

Case#21-002329

Booking photo of male

On 4/17/2021, at 1:40 p.m. a multiple vehicle collision was reported near Skyway and Bruce Road. Multiple callers stated the driver of a white Honda Accord collided with three separate vehicles near the intersection. Chico Police later learned the vehicle was also involved in a collision moments earlier on Skyway prior to Honey Run Road. Citizens reported the driver of the white Honda, later identified as Craig Campbell, fled the scene of both collisions with heavy front-end damage to his vehicle and with the driver side airbag deployed.

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Shoplift

Case# 21-002253

Evidence of Alcohol bottles

On 4/13/21, at approximately 7:15 PM, Chico Police Officers were dispatched to a shoplift that had just occurred at BevMo (1937 E. 20th Street, Chico, CA). The suspects fled the scene in an SUV and were last seen on W. 20th Street towards Hwy 99. A short time later, Officers located the vehicle matching the description traveling southbound on Hwy 99. Due to the previous information received from a local law enforcement agency, a high risk traffic stop was conducted on Hwy 99 stopping southbound traffic.

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Armed Subject Arrested

Case# 21-002195

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On April 11, 2021, at about 1:06 a.m., a Chico Police Officer was on patrol in the area of Forest Avenue and E. 20th Street. The officer conducted a proactive enforcement stop of a passing motorist for a vehicle code infraction. The officer contacted the sole occupant of the vehicle, Dominic Lamont Wood (age 33).
The officer developed probable cause to search Wood and his vehicle. The officer located methamphetamine on Wood’s person. In the vehicle the officer recovered a fully loaded .45 caliber handgun. The serial number had been removed from the gun.

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Felony Vandalism

21-002132

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**Update**: Suspect and vehicle have been located. Suspect has been identified as Tucker Andrews, 08/08/91, out of Truckee, CA.  Andrews has been arrested and will be booked into the Butte County Jail for felony vandalism.

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Resisting Arrest

Case# 21-002092

Female booking photo

On Monday, March 29th, 2021, Officers from Chico Police Department responded to Comanche Creek, 11301 Midway on a report of several vehicles parked with expired registration.  Vehicles in California are subject to immediate tow if the registration is expired more than 6 months per 4000(a) and 22651(o) CVC.  When Officers arrived on scene, they discovered several vehicles that were towable.  Rather than towing the vehicles, Chico Police advised the owners of the vehicles they had 1-week to bring their vehicle into compliance to avoid being towed.  This notice i

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Battery Suspect Apprehended at Unrelated Call for Service

Case# 21-002007

Booking photo of male in blue superman shirt

On 4/2/21, Chico Police Officers were sent to interview an assault victim at an undisclosed local medical facility. When Officers arrived, they learned that the victim suffered injuries so severe that the victim required an immediate life-flight to another medical facility by helicopter. The subject’s medical condition was described as critical.

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Stabbing

Case# 21-002036

Booking photo of male

*****UPDATE*****
The suspect in the stabbing was identified as Tyler Bonn Roper (37 years old). On April 4, 2021 at about 9:15 p.m., Roper was arrested in the City of Oroville by the Oroville Police Department. Roper was booked into the Butte County Jail for a violation of section 245(a)(1) PC-Assault with a Deadly Weapon. The victim of the stabbing is expected to survive.

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Shooting on E. Lassen Ave.

Case# 21-001956

On 03/31/2021 at approximately 2230 hours Chico Police received several 911 calls regarding a shooting that had just occurred on E. Lassen Ave near Godman Ave. Officers responded to the area and shut down traffic on E. Lassen Ave at Godman Ave. to search for evidence. Officers conducted an area check and found several spent shell casings in the roadway.

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Subject Arrested for Driving Under the Influence and Possession of Stolen Mail

Case# 21-001935

Booking photo of male in blk shirt

On 3/31/2021 at approximately 0820 hours, Chico Police Officers were dispatched to the area of Burnt Ranch Way for a report of a subject unconscious while sitting in the driver seat of a running vehicle. Officers arrived and contacted Eric Rehse. Rehse was verbally uncooperative but eventually agreed to exit the vehicle and speak with Officers. Due to his objective symptoms of being under the influence of an unknown substance, Officers performed a series of field sobriety tests on Rehse.

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Shooting

Case# 21-001881

On March 29, 2021, at about 03:09 a.m., Chico Police Officers responded to Enloe Hospital to contact a male who was being treated for a single gunshot wound. The victim was dropped off at the hospital by subjects who immediately fled the area.
The victim of the shooting is expected to survive. Officers believe the shooting occurred somewhere in the Chico area.

We are asking the Public’s help in finding those responsible. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact the Chico Police Department and reference case # 21-001881.

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Negligent Discharge of a Firearm

Case# 21-001877

On March 29, 2021, at about 12:03 a.m., Chico Police Officers responded to the Hidden Oaks Apartments at 650 Hickory Street. A victim reported his unoccupied vehicle had been struck by gunfire. Another victim was on scene and reported his vehicle had also been struck by gunfire four days prior. Through investigation officers determined the gunfire likely originated from an adjacent apartment complex at 1521 W. 5th Street. Additionally, Officers found a residence on W. 5th Street that had also been struck by gunfire.

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Drive By Shootings

Case# 21-001769

On 03/23/21, just before 7 p.m., the Chico Police Department began receiving calls of a shooting that had just occurred at an apartment complex in the 700 block of W. East Ave. in Chico. 

 

Officers responded to find several vehicles struck by gunfire, and after a canvass of the area, Officers determined no one had been struck by gunfire. The intended target(s) of the shooter are unknown. There was limited information and witnesses.  Crime Scene Investigators responded and processed the scene.

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