Friday, March 25, 2011

Robbery Goes Wild

A simple shoplifting incident at Walmart turned into a wild scene as the suspect fled threatening with a weapon. While there was no weapon seen, a Chico Police officer spotted the suspect's vehicle nearby. Officer Frank Deshler approached the vehicle as was struck while the suspect was fleeing the scene. Deshler called for backup as he broke the driver side window. Cops swarm the nearby area in search of the suspect who had fled the scene. Other individuals in another parking lot were detained but turned out to not be the suspect.
We didn't here anything about the shoplift until scanner traffic detailed a potential pursuit. I headed out only to find Chico Police talking over the incident.
It quickly turned from a simple crime into a much more intense scene. Luckily there was no major incident, and police were able to pick up the suspect at a motel.

Chico Police officer Frank Deshler (left) talks about his injuries he received from a fleeing suspect to Police Chief Mike Maloney (center) and officer Ryon Mitchell (right) Thursday, March 24, 2011 in Chico, Calif. A suspect, a white male adult, shoplifted from Walmart when Deshler spotted the vehicle, a 1988 white Ford Festiva in the Toys'rus parking lot. Deshler approached the vehicle on foot, when the suspect used his car to assault Deshler. Deshler sustained cuts and bruises and knocked out the driver side window as the suspect was last seen fleeing eastbound on E. 20th St.
(Jason Halley/Chico Enterprise-Record)

Chico Police officers secure the area around the Skypark Plaza in search for a suspect earlier involved in a robbery and officer assault Thursday, March 24, 2011 in Chico, Calif.
(Jason Halley/Chico Enterprise-Record)

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