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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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest of Marysville Resident for Human Sex Trafficking of a Minor Victim

July 07, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest of Marysville Resident for Human Sex Trafficking of a Minor Victim
Today the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) announced the arrest of Zydia Saunders of Marysville, 25 for human sex trafficking of a minor victim. On June 16, Butte County Sheriff’s Office deputies were contacted by a victim who reported his firearm had been stolen. Deputies determined the victim’s firearm was stolen by a female working as a prostitute, who was later identified as Zydia Saunders.
On July 01, a BCSO detective acting in an undercover capacity began communicating via telephone with Saunders. Saunders told the undercover detective she was willing to have sex for $230. Saunders then asked the undercover detective if he/she wanted “two girls” for $500. The undercover detective agreed and made arrangements to meet Saunders at a local motel on July 02.
On July 02, Saunders contacted the undercover detective via telephone and stated she and another female were walking through the motel parking lot. Undercover detectives contacted Saunders and a minor victim. Saunders was placed under arrest and the minor victim was transported to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office so she could receive services from Butte County Children Services.
During an interview Saunders admitted she brought the minor victim to the motel so the minor victim could perform sexual acts for money. Saunders also admitted she brought the minor victim to at least three other prostitution meetings where Saunders and the minor victim performed sexual acts on adult men in exchange for money.
Saunders was arrested for four felony counts of pimping a minor victim, one felony count of human trafficking a minor victim, and one felony count of child endangerment. Saunders’ bail was set at $300,000. This investigation is ongoing. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information to contact Detective Mary Barker at 530-538-7671.
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Tuesday, July 07, 2020 /Number of views (114) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest of Oroville Resident for Sexual Abuse of a Child

June 30, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest of Oroville Resident for Sexual Abuse of a Child
Today the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) announced the arrest of John Zulkoski of Oroville, 31 for sexual abuse of a child. On June 22, Butte County Sheriff’s Office deputies were contacted by a parent who reported Zulkoski had sexually abused a minor victim. Deputies responded to a residence in Oroville and contacted two minor victims and their parent. Both minor victims were under the age of 10. The parent of the minor victims explained Zulkoski was a family friend who the parent had allowed to stay at her residence.
On the evening of June 22, one of the minor victims disclosed he/she had been sexually abused by Zulkoski. The parent confronted Zulkoski and contacted the Sheriff’s Office. After being confronted about the sexual abuse, Zulkoski fled from the residence on foot prior to the Sheriff’s Office arriving at the residence.
Detectives transported the minor victim to a Sacramento area hospital for medical treatment. Detectives conducted follow-up and located additional evidence related to the sexual abuse. On June 26, detectives interviewed Zulkoski. During the interview Zulkoski admitted to sexually abusing one of the minor victims.
Detectives placed Zulkoski under arrest for oral copulation or sexual penetration with a child 10-years-old or younger, oral copulation on a person under 14, and committing a lewd act upon a child. Zulkoski’s bail was set at $1,200,000. This investigation is ongoing. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information to contact Detective Mary Barker at 530-538-7671.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2020 /Number of views (297) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrests Related to Robbery and Shooting Investigation

June 24, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrests Related to Robbery and Shooting Investigation
Today the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) announced the arrests of Roberto Arroyo Cacho of Yuba City, 46, and Gerardo Ceja of Oroville, 34. On June 05, Butte County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a robbery at a residence located on Dack Way, Palermo. Deputies arrived at the residence and contacted several victims who reported a home invasion robbery had occurred. Deputies determined multiple individuals forced entry into the residence, tied up the victims, and fired at least two shots from a firearm. Detectives later determined one of the shots nearly struck an infant who was sleeping inside the residence. Detectives responded and determined the individuals responsible for the home invasion robbery stole cellular telephones, surveillance equipment, United States currency and marijuana plants from the residence.
An associate of the robbery victims showed up at the Dack Way residence while the robbery was occurring. The associate was able to obtain a description of a vehicle being driven by one of the suspects. On June 05, law enforcement in the Yuba City area located the aforementioned suspect vehicle. A male identified as Roberto Arroyo Cacho was driving the suspect vehicle. The victims of the robbery identified Arroyo Cacho as one of the individuals involved in the robbery. Detectives placed Arroyo Cacho under arrest for a felony charge of robbery.
Over the past two weeks detectives have conducted additional follow-up on this investigation. On the evening of June 05, detectives served a search warrant on a parcel located on Mamie Way, Palermo. Detectives located property that was stolen during the robbery while serving the search warrant. On June 11, detectives served a search warrant at Gerardo Ceja’s residence, which is located in the 1700 block of Leta Lane, Oroville. Detectives located numerous evidence items at the Leta Lane residence to include a large outdoor marijuana grow containing over 450 marijuana plants, two firearms, over $40,000 in United States currency, and evidence showing Ceja participated in the robbery. Detectives placed Ceja under arrest for numerous charges to include robbery, burglary, false imprisonment, child endangerment, assault with a firearm, being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, and being a prohibited person in possession of ammunition.
Detectives determined the individuals involved in the robbery were involved in a drug trafficking organization. On the afternoon of June 11, detectives served a search warrant at a residence located on Gene Lane, Palermo. During the service of the search warrant detectives located numerous evidence items to include over 650 marijuana plants.
This investigation is ongoing. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information to contact Detective Zach Price at 530-538-7671.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2020 /Number of views (93) /Categories: Press Release
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BCSO Locates Injured Fisherman in Remote Area

June 18, 2020
BCSO Locates Injured Fisherman in Remote Area
On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, a family member of Robert Bellon, age 65, contacted the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) to report Bellon as a missing person. Bellon had previously left his Bay Area home and was staying in Chico before leaving to go on a fishing trip on Monday, June 15, 2020, in the area of Highway 32 and Dumb Deer Road in Tehama County, near the Butte County line. Bellon had not returned home and had not made any contact with family members.
On the afternoon of June 17, BCSO detectives followed-up on the case and interviewed witnesses in the area and checked Bellon’s phone records. After conducting follow-up, BCSO detectives as well as detectives with the Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) began conducting a search by helicopter and a ground search. At approximately 5:00 p.m., a BCSO pilot spotted Bellon on a gravel bar near a creek, approximately two miles from where he was last believed to be. The BCSO helicopter landed and detectives found that Bellon had fallen down a 75-foot embankment and was injured. Bellon told detectives he fell down the embankment on Monday, June 15, and had dislocated his knee and had other serious injuries. Detectives worked with CAL FIRE and Butte EMS to rescue Bellon. He was then transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.
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Thursday, June 18, 2020 /Number of views (101) /Categories: Press Release
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JOINT INVESTIGATION ALLOWED BCSO DEPUTIES TO PREVENT MURDER WHILE SERVING ARREST WARRANT FOR ARSON

June 15, 2020
JOINT INVESTIGATION ALLOWED BCSO DEPUTIES TO PREVENT MURDER WHILE SERVING ARREST WARRANT FOR ARSON
Oroville, CA - On June 11, 2020, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) was contacted by the Oroville Police Department (OPD) in regards to Ryan Blinston, of Oroville (36), who was wanted on a felony warrant for the arson of a vehicle and considered a person of interest in the June 10, 2020 disappearance of Vicky Cline, of Oroville (57). OPD requested assistance from BCSO with locating Blinston and arresting him on the felony warrant.
During the joint investigation that followed, OPD detectives, BCSO detectives, Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force detectives, BCSO Special Enforcement Unit detectives, and Designated Area Deputies worked together and developed information that led them to believe Blinston was staying with an acquaintance on a large, heavily forested parcel located in the 1700 block of Milsap Bar Road in Berry Creek. The aforementioned detectives worked together and obtained a search warrant for the remote 80 acre parcel, which authorized law enforcement officers to go onto the property and search for Blinston.
Due to the remote and secluded nature of the property and Blinston’s history of resisting arrest and flight from law enforcement, detectives concluded that a covert approach was necessary to prevent Blinston from being prematurely alerted to law enforcement’s presence and escaping into the heavily wooded area surrounding the property. Detectives were concerned that if Blinston evaded arrest, he would pose a danger to others he may encounter. To mitigate that risk the BCSO Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) was tasked with serving the search and arrest warrant at the Milsap Bar property.
During the early morning hours of June 14, 2020 deputies with the BCSO SWAT team, utilizing night vision equipment, covertly entered the property under the cover of darkness so they would be in position to execute the search warrant and arrest Blinston at first light. After traveling approximately 1/4 mile onto the property, deputies heard the faint sounds of someone yelling for help along with banging noises, which became louder as deputies continued farther onto the parcel.
The deputies were eventually able to make their way to a small RV parked on the property. While approaching the RV the deputies, utilizing their night vision equipment, were able to see a man, later identified as Blinston, standing in the dark and holding a hatchet in his hand. Blinston was not able to see the approaching deputies and walked back towards the RV. Once in a closer position, the deputies activated their flashlights and identified themselves as members of the Sheriff’s Office. Blinston immediately fled into the wooded area, still carrying the hatchet, with deputies pursuing close behind.
Deputies not in pursuit of Blinston, located a man in the RV who was bleeding profusely from a deep laceration on his neck. The man, who is not being identified at this time, was the person crying out for help. The man told deputies he was attacked in his sleep by Blinston, who used a knife to slash his neck and stab him in the arm. Despite being seriously wounded, the man was able to fight Blinston off and push him out of the RV. The man locked the door in an effort to keep Blinston at bay. Blinston began attempting to force his way into the RV, which caused the banging noises heard by the deputies as they made their way onto the property.
Deputies immediately began treating the man’s injuries in an effort to save his life. Due to the time it would have taken for an ambulance to reach the location, coupled with the seriousness of the man’s injuries, deputies opted to transport him off the property in a BCSO vehicle to a landing zone where Enloe’s FlightCare helicopter was waiting. The man was flown to a local hospital where he un
Monday, June 15, 2020 /Number of views (183) /Categories: Press Release
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