Butte County Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Kory L. HoneaThe Sheriff’s Office serves all the citizens of Butte County by providing a mix of public safety and public service functions. The Sheriff’s Office provides around-the-clock law enforcement service to every region of the county. In addition to 24 hour policing, we offer Butte County citizens a full range of services including, coroner services, civil services, court security and corrections.

 

 

 

  

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BCSO DETECTIVES ARREST INDIVIDUAL FOR TWO MURDERS THAT OCCURRED IN THE GRIDLEY AREA

December 7, 2021

BCSO DETECTIVES ARREST INDIVIDUAL FOR TWO MURDERS THAT OCCURRED IN THE GRIDLEY AREA

Gridley, CA – In November of 2021, family members of Ladexter Pelt, age 25, and John Dubose, age 20, contacted the Gridley Police Department and reported Pelt and Dubose missing. On November 13, 2021, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) was asked to assist the Gridley Police Department with the investigation surrounding the circumstances of Pelt and Dubose’s disappearance.
During the subsequent investigation, BCSO detectives determined Pelt and Dubose reside in Alabama. Detectives determined Pelt and Dubose had flown to Sacramento and then traveled to the Butte County area. Pelt and Dubose’s family members were concerned because they lost contact with Pelt and Dubose after they arrived in the Butte County area.
During the investigation, BCSO detectives, Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force detectives, BCSO Special Enforcement Unit detectives, and Designated Area deputies located evidence that gave them cause to believe Pelt and Dubose were murdered at a residence located in the unincorporated area of Gridley. Detectives also located evidence that gave them cause to believe Ricardo Banuelos-Villarreal, age 30 of Gridley, and Alfredo Banuelos-Villarreal, age 35 of Gridley, murdered Pelt and Dubose, and hid their bodies.
Over the past three weeks detectives have interviewed individuals in Gridley, Marysville, Yuba City, Sacramento, the Bay Area, and the Los Angeles area. Detectives have authored and executed numerous search warrants related to this investigation. Detectives have also interviewed numerous friends and family members of Pelt and Dubose. The friends and family members provided additional evidence that all signs of life ended shortly after Pelt and Dubose arrived in Butte County.
Detectives are actively searching for the bodies of Pelt and Dubose. Detectives would like to interview anyone who has interacted or had contact with Ricardo or Alfredo within the past three months. Detectives would also like to interview anyone who observed suspicious activity on their property or farm within the past month.
On November 14, 2021, detectives contacted and arrested Ricardo at a residence in Yuba City. Ricardo has been charged with two counts of murder and is currently in custody at the Butte County Jail. During the investigation, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Alfredo for two counts of murder. Multiple law enforcement agencies are actively searching for Alfredo.
Photographs of Alfredo are attached to this press release. Detectives are actively searching for Alfredo and a 2008 Nissan Altima, California license plate number 6VAR204. If anyone has information about this investigation, the location of Alfredo, or the aforementioned Nissan Altima, they are encouraged to call detectives at 530-538-7671. This investigation is ongoing and additional information will be provided when available.

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Tuesday, December 07, 2021 /Number of views (2606) /Categories: Press Release
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ARREST OF ARMED BARRICADED SUBJECT

November 9, 2021
ARREST OF ARMED BARRICADED SUBJECT

Durham, CA- On Monday, November 8, 2021, at approximately 10:30 p.m., Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies were dispatched to an apartment in the 2100 block of Durham-Dayton Highway, Durham, for reports of an altercation at the location. Upon arrival, deputies located a man who stated his son was inside the residence, armed with a knife and had threatened to kill him. After further investigation, deputies received information that the suspect, identified as James Sprinklejones, age 35, had also set fire to a curtain inside the home, however his father was able to extinguish the fire.

Deputies began making announcements over a PA system, in an effort to de-escalate the situation and have Sprinklejones peacefully exit the home. During the same time, other deputies on-scene safely evacuated neighboring apartments. Deputies continued making announcements over the PA system for approximately 2.5 hours, in an effort to get Sprinklejones to peacefully surrender. During the incident, Sprinklejones appeared highly agitated and made additional threatening and suicidal statements.

At approximately 1:00 a.m., deputies believe Sprinklejones started a second fire inside the apartment. Shortly after the fire was ignited, Sprinklejones exited the apartment and was taken into custody without further incident. CAL FIRE, which had been staged nearby, responded in and extinguished the fire. Two dogs, which had been inside the apartment during the incident, were recovered by deputies without any significant apparent injuries. During the investigation, an unsecured firearm was also found within the residence. Sprinklejones is prohibited from possessing firearms.

Sprinklejones is being evaluated at a local hospital and then will be booked into the Butte County Jail for arson, making criminal threats, and being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and animal cruelty/neglect.



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Tuesday, November 09, 2021 /Number of views (1311) /Categories: Press Release
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SHERIFF’S OFFICE CONDUCTING ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON INVESTIGATION

SHERIFF’S OFFICE CONDUCTING ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON  INVESTIGATION

Oroville, CA – On November 05, 2021, at 12:08 PM the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a call about a stabbing that occurred at a residence located in the 3100 block of Oro Bangor Highway, Oroville.  BCSO deputies were immediately dispatched to the area.  Upon arrival, deputies located two victims that had been stabbed.  The victims were immediately transported to a local hospital where they are currently receiving treatment. 

During a subsequent investigation, deputies and detectives determined Ronald Vaughan, age 29, of Oroville, showed up at the aforementioned residence around 12:00 PM.  Detectives determined Vaughan knows the victim’s family.  Detectives located evidence that Vaughan was accompanied by several other individuals when he arrived at the residence.

During the investigation, detectives located evidence that gave them cause to believe Vaughan stabbed both victims.  Deputies and detectives are actively looking for Vaughan.  Detectives are in the process of obtaining an arrest warrant for Vaughan.  A photograph of Vaughan is attached to this press release.  This investigation is on-going.  If anyone has information about this investigation, they are encouraged to call BCSO detectives at 530-538-7671.

 

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Friday, November 05, 2021 /Number of views (2606) /Categories: Press Release
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SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL EXPECTED ACROSS BUTTE COUNTY

SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL EXPECTED ACROSS BUTTE COUNTY
Butte County, CA- The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for both the North Complex and Dixie Fire burn scar areas as heavy rainfall is expected across Butte County Saturday evening and will continue through late Sunday. The Flash Flood Watch could be upgraded to a Flash Flood Warning by the NWS when flash flooding is imminent.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office urges our community members to prepare now to evacuate in the event debris flows/flooding occurs within the burn scar areas. According to NWS, debris flows occur over recently burned areas where there is no longer vegetation to absorb water and keep soil in its place. A fast-moving mix of mud, ash, and debris can form and move down slope. They can move faster than you can run or even drive.
If you are in the impacted area or are located near a waterway downstream from the impacted area, you should be prepared to immediately evacuate to high ground, if an Evacuation Order is issued by BCSO, or if you feel threatened.

In addition to the burn scar areas, a significant amount of rain could also impact our local waterways as well as roadways prone to flooding, and we urge our community members to limit driving if possible throughout the duration of the heavy rainfall that is expected in Butte County.
Sand and sandbags have been delivered to locations throughout Butte County, residents will need to bring their own shovels. A list of sandbag locations is available at www.buttecounty.net. We also urge our community members who have not already signed up for CodeRED to do so by visiting our website, www.buttecounty.net/sheriff. Updated weather information from the National Weather Service can also be found by visiting www.weather.gov/sto/.
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Saturday, October 23, 2021 /Number of views (357) /Categories: Press Release
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MAGALIA RESIDENT ARRESTED DURING SHOOTING INVESTIGATION

October 8, 2021

MAGALIA RESIDENT ARRESTED DURING SHOOTING INVESTIGATION

Magalia, CA – On October 7, 2021, at 5:09 PM, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) began receiving calls about a shooting that had occurred near the intersection of Dalton Way and Carnegie Road, Magalia. BCSO deputies were immediately dispatched to the area. Upon arrival deputies located evidence that a shooting had just occurred.
During a subsequent investigation, deputies and detectives determined Jose Sandoval, age 36, of Magalia drove to the intersection of Dalton Way and Carnegie Road. While at the intersection Sandoval saw a vehicle driving on Dalton Way. The vehicle was occupied by two adults and two children. Sandoval recognized one of the adults in the vehicle. After identifying one of the adults in the vehicle, Sandoval exited his vehicle and began pursuing the victim vehicle on foot. While pursuing the vehicle, Sandoval used a semi-automatic firearm to shoot at the vehicle.
During the investigation evidence indicating Sandoval fired multiple rounds at the victim’s vehicle was located. One of the rounds struck the driver’s side of the victim’s vehicle, near the area where one of the children was seated. The shooting was captured on video surveillance. The area where the shooting occurred was in a residential neighborhood.
During the investigation, deputies determined Sandoval resided in the 14000 block of Skyway, Magalia. Deputies and Paradise Police Officers responded to Sandoval’s residence and located the vehicle Sandoval drove to the shooting parked in the driveway of the residence. After an extended amount of time, deputies were able to contact and place Sandoval under arrest.
Detectives obtained a search warrant for Sandoval’s residence. During the service of the search warrant and subsequent investigation, detectives located additional evidence related to the shooting. Detectives also located evidence Sandoval is an active member of a criminal street gang.
Sandoval was arrested for numerous charges to include the following felony charges: Assault with a semi-automatic firearm, shooting at an occupied vehicle, being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and ammunition, committing a felony while released on bail, personally using a firearm while committing a felony, and participating in a criminal street gang. This investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information about this investigation, they are encouraged to call BCSO detectives at 530-538-7671.
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Friday, October 08, 2021 /Number of views (3032) /Categories: Press Release
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