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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE RECEIVES REPORTS OF ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPINGS

December 27, 2018
BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE RECEIVES REPORTS OF ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPINGS 
Oroville, Ca— On December 26, 2018, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received two separate reports of attempted kidnappings in the Oroville area. BCSO Investigations Unit is currently investigating both incidents. Suspects have not been identified at this time; however, the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to call BCSO Investigations Unit at 538-7671.
The first reported attempted kidnapping occurred on December 26 at 4:52PM in the 300 block of Knob Hill Avenue in Oroville. The reporting party in this incident called 9-1-1 to report that a Black Toyota Tacoma pulled up to her front yard where her children were playing. The suspect offered candy and donuts to the children and asked them to get into her truck. Fortunately, a neighbor was able to scare the suspect off and the children in this incident are ok. The driver of the truck was described as a white female adult with blonde hair and blue eyes, possibly in her 40’s.
The second reported attempted kidnapping occurred on December 26 at 11:24PM in the 1000 block of 12th Street in Oroville. The reporting party in this incident called 9-1-1 to report a 13 year old female who lives at the residence was in the driveway of the residence when a man approached her and grabbed her wrist. The female was able to pull her wrist away and scream for help. The suspect ran away in the direction of Oro Dam Blvd.  The suspect in this incident identified himself as “Johnathan” and is described as a white male adult, approximately 6 feet tall, in his 30’s, with a short gray beard. He was last seen wearing a dark colored zip up style hoodie and dark pants, with a dark colored knit glove on his right hand. 
Deputies searched the area in both incidents but were not able to locate the suspects. At this time, Detectives do not believe the incidents are related. The investigation into both incidents is ongoing. 
BCSO would like to remind citizens of some basic safety tips to keep in mind:
Be aware of your surroundings.
Teach children to not talk to strangers.
Make sure children know to never approach a stranger’s vehicle or get into a vehicle with a stranger. 
If something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t. Trust your instincts.
Report suspicious activity to law enforcement. Be prepared to provide a suspect description and vehicle description. The more detail the better. 
Always call 9-1-1 in an emergency.
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BCSO Community Relations Unit
530.871.9440

Thursday, December 27, 2018 /Number of views (562) /Categories: Press Release
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Gridley Attempted Kidnapping

10/29/18
Gridley Attempted Kidnapping
Gridley, CA- On Monday, October 29, 2018, at approximately 10:00 a.m., the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a report of an attempted kidnapping in Gridley, just north of the Sutter County/Butte County line. A 20 year-old Gridley woman was traveling on Highway 99 when she pulled into an orchard off the highway to check the air pressure on one of her tires. A truck then pulled up behind the woman. A man exited the truck and approached the woman asking if she needed help. When the woman declined, the man then grabbed the woman by her arms and began trying to drag her back towards his vehicle. The woman was able to fight the man off, get back into her vehicle and drive away. The man then got back into his truck and drove off, heading southbound on Highway 99, towards Live Oak.
The suspect is described as a white male adult, approximately 50-60 years-old, with short, curly salt and pepper colored hair, with a brown mustache, and sores on his face. He was last seen wearing a black shirt with writing on it, and pajama pants with baseballs on them. The suspect’s truck is described as an early ‘90s cream colored Toyota pickup truck, with a dent in the tailgate. Anyone with information is urged to call the Butte County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 538-7322.

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Monday, October 29, 2018 /Number of views (810) /Categories: Press Release
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SEARCH WARRANTS IN BANGOR LEAD TO TWO ARRESTS

10/17/2018

SEARCH WARRANTS IN BANGOR LEAD TO TWO ARRESTS

Bangor, Ca-- On October 17, 2018 members of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit and the Butte Interagency Narcotics Taskforce served a series of search warrants in the 600 block of Upham Road and the 7000 Block of La Porte Road in Bangor.

As a result of the warrants 925 marijuana plants, 2,305.31 pounds of processed marijuana, and twelve firearms were seized.

The marijuana gardens are believed to be related to one another and controlled by a drug trafficking organization. During the search of the properties Detectives located tents and campsites filled with toiletries, clothing, and food. One of the campsites contained quarters for twelve people and food supplies for over a week.

During the service of the search warrants, Eric Ritter, age 36 of Bangor, Jeffrey Wright, age 35 of Bangor, and Clint Ritter, age 39 of Oroville, were detained without incident. Four other suspects fled from Deputies and were able to escape into the surrounding forest.

Eric Ritter was arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail on charges of felon in possession of a firearm 29805PC a felony, and felon in possession of ammunition 30305(a)(1) PC a felony.

Jeffrey Wright was arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail on charges of renting a residence of the storage or sale of a narcotic 11366.5 H&S a felony, cultivation of marijuana 11358(c)H&S a misdemeanor, and possession of marijuana for sale 11359 (b) H&S a misdemeanor.

Clint Ritter was cited and released on scene for charges of possession of methamphetamine 11377(a) H&S a misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia 11364(a) H&S a misdemeanor.

This case is ongoing and further information will be release as it becomes available.

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For more information, please contact
BCSO Community Relations Unit
530.871.9440

Thursday, October 25, 2018 /Number of views (926) /Categories: Press Release
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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DEPUTIES ARREST SUSPCT INVOLVED IN OROVILLE SHOOTING

October 25, 2018
BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DEPUTIES ARREST SUSPCT INVOLVED IN OROVILLE SHOOTING
Oroville, Ca--On October 25, 2018, at approximately 2:00AM, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) began receiving multiple reports of gunshots and yelling heard in the area of Sierra Avenue in Oroville, Ca.
BCSO Deputies responded to the area with Cal Fire and Medical staging near-by. Based on information provided by reporting parties, Deputies were able to locate a victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper leg. Deputies applied a tourniquet to the wound and immediately requested medical to assist. The victim was transported by air to a local hospital for treatment.
Additional deputies responded to the scene along with the BCSO Investigations Unit. Deputies gathered information from the scene and ultimately located the suspect, Brett Toschi, age 24, at his residence on 6th Street in Oroville.
Toschi was arrested for assault with a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, and prohibited person in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Toschi was booked into the Butte County Jail with bail set at $100,000.00.
BCSO Detectives remained on scene through the night collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses. Limited information is available at this time, due to this being an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to call BCSO Investigations Unit at 530.538.7671.
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Thursday, October 25, 2018 /Number of views (671) /Categories: Press Release
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BCSO Searching for Wanted Man in Connection with Stolen and Illegal Firearms

Firearms
Palermo, CA- On Thursday, October 18, 2018, Butte County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call around 10:30 p.m. for a disturbance in the 200 block of Refuge Ave in Palermo. A man, currently wanted by BCSO, Anthony Hatcher, age 44, was trying to gain entry at the residence on Refuge Road. When deputies responded, Hatcher was no longer there. During the investigation a search warrant was served on an adjacent property. During a search of a fifth wheel trailer and a boat, deputies and investigators found numerous firearms, body armor and silencers. 20 firearms were located with two of them being stolen. A Mac 10 and an AK-47 that are assault weapons were included in the 20 firearms seized during the service of the search warrant.
During the investigation deputies learned that Hatcher was the person occupying the fifth wheel trailer; however, he was not present at the property when deputies and investigators served the search warrant. Anyone with information about Hatcher’s location is encouraged to call 911 to report it. Hatcher is considered armed and dangerous.
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Friday, October 19, 2018 /Number of views (826) /Categories: Press Release
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