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Butte County Sheriff’s Officials Assist Yuba County Sheriff’s Office in the Arrest of Attempted Homicide Suspects

Thursday, October 06, 2016/Categories: Press Release

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October 5, 2016

Oroville, Ca--On 10/5/16 the Butte County Sheriff's Office was contacted by Yuba County Sheriff's Office Officials who were investigating an attempted murder, and had reason to believe that the two suspects involved in that case were at a residence in Palermo, in Butte County. BCSO detectives received information confirming that the suspects were at that location.

Yuba County detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence and an arrest warrant for William Allen Hibbens, 46, charging attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and terrorist threats. The second subject was identified as Jessica Prater, 39, who was wanted on the same charges.

The subjects were believed to be armed with a firearm. BCSO SWAT team and crisis negotiators were called in to assist with the arrest and search of the residence. Initial contact was met with no response by the subjects inside. A phone was delivered into the residence in an effort to make contact with the subjects inside. After several hours of attempting contact with the suspects, the SWAT team inserted non-lethal chemical agents in the residence and a distraction device in an effort to get the subjects to come out. Within minutes of utilizing that tactic, the subjects came out and were taken into custody without injury to them or any Sheriff's personnel on scene.

The investigation is continuing, and anyone with information is urged to contact the Yuba County Sheriff's Office.

For more information, please contact
BCSO Community Relations Unit

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