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.

Bangor Suspicious Death Investigation Update

November 17, 2016

Oroville, Ca—The Butte County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Unit is conducting an ongoing investigation into the suspicious death in Bangor, involving a male who was located deceased in the passenger seat of a vehicle on McCaton Drive. The deceased male has been identified as Kenneth Tam, age 55, from the Sacramento area. Next of kin has been notified.
The cause of death remains unknown at this time; however, an autopsy will be conducted this week.

Through the investigation, detectives have learned that the deceased male was connected to a marijuana grow in the Brownsville area. This incident is being investigated as a suspicious death at this time.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the BCSO Investigations Unit at (530)538-7671.
For more information, please contact
BCSO Community Relations Unit
(530) 871-9440

Bangor Suspicious Death Investigation
Oroville- (11/15/16)

On Monday, 11/14/16 at approximately 1:09pm, a citizen reported a subject deceased in a vehicle on McCaton Drive in Bangor. Deputies arrived and located a deceased male in the passenger seat. The identity of the deceased male has not been confirmed.

It is not believed the vehicle was involved in a traffic collision and investigators are looking into the death as suspicious at this point. Anyone with information is urged to call the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Unit at (530) 538-7671.
BCSO Community Relations Unit
(530) 871-9440

Thursday, November 17, 2016 /Number of views (1185) /Categories: Press Release

Oroville Homicide Investigation

Oroville- 11/8/16


On Saturday, 11/5/16 at 9:05am, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies were dispatched to a home on Sunnybrook Lane in Oroville. While en route, one deputy noticed a car driving away from the scene with the victim, Ramon Becerril, 62, in the passenger seat. The driver of the car informed deputies that Ramon had been in an altercation with his brother, Vincent Becerril, 54, and was in need of medical attention. During the altercation, Ramon was hit in the neck with a metal pipe. Vincent was also hit during the altercation, and was in need of medical attention as well. Both men were taken to Oroville Medical Center where Ramon was pronounced dead. Vincent sustained head trauma as a result of the altercation and was transported to Enloe Medical Center for treatment.


BCSO detectives responded to the scene as well as Oroville Medical Center to investigate. At this time, charges have not been filed against Vincent Becerril. The investigation is ongoing and more information will become available after the autopsy is completed.



BCSO Community Relations Unit

(530) 871-9440

Tuesday, November 08, 2016 /Number of views (1223) /Categories: Press Release

BCSO deputy assaulted while making arrest



On Saturday, 10/29/16, at approximately 10pm, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies were dispatched to Gold Country Casino in Oroville for an intoxicated male who had assaulted staff at the casino. When deputies arrived, they found the suspect, Dallas Keith Iverson, 23, of Oroville, being detained by staff outside the casino. When deputies made contact with Iverson, he began yelling racial slurs and acting combative. Once deputies placed Iverson in a patrol car, he began violently kicking the right rear passenger door. As a deputy opened the door, he was kicked in the chest and knocked to the ground by Iverson. Iverson was removed from the patrol car and placed in a safety restraint to prevent any more damage to the patrol car or injuries to deputies. The deputy who was kicked was taken to Oroville Medical Center with injuries to his rib cage and knee. Iverson received minor injuries while acting combative to both casino staff and deputies and was evaluated at Oroville Medical Center before being released to be booked into the Butte County Jail.


Iverson was arrested on charges of PC 69-resisting an executive officer with force or violence, PC 243(b)-battery on a peace officer, and PC 242-battery. The deputy who was injured was treated and released from Oroville Medical Center and is recovering.




BCSO Community Relations Unit

(530) 693-7054

Monday, October 31, 2016 /Number of views (1202) /Categories: Press Release

Victims Identified in Chico Fatal Car Accident

Oroville- (10/24/16)

In response to media inquiries, the Butte County Sheriff Coroner’s Office is releasing the names of the double-fatal car accident on Nord Highway in Chico on Friday, 10/21/16. The victims have been identified as Victor Moncada Jr., 28, of Channelview Texas, and John Sanchez, 60, of Stockton, California. Next of kin has been notified and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims during this difficult time. Autopsies for both victims are scheduled for this week.


BCSO Community Relations Unit

(530) 693-7054




Megan McMann

Community Relations Coordinator

Butte County Sheriff’s Office

33 County Center Dr.

Oroville, Ca. 95965


(530) 693-7054 (cell) 

Monday, October 24, 2016 /Number of views (1536) /Categories: Press Release

Chico Vehicle pursuit arrest

UPDATE: On Saturday, 10/22/16, the suspect, Brandon Mustagog (DOB: 10/18/96) was arrested off of Rodgers Avenue in Chico.  He was arrested by Butte County Sheriff’s Deputies without incident after being found inside an outbuilding on the property.


On 10/21/16 at approximately, 2320 hours Deputy Lomeli attempted to conduct a traffic enforcement stop on a vehicle for expired registration at the intersection of Elm Street and E. 16th Street in Chico.  Deputy Lomeli was doubled with Deputy Baker.

As Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, the vehicle failed to pull over and fled northbound on Elm Street from E. 16th Street with the two deputies in pursuit.  The vehicle was traveling at speeds approximately 55-60 MPH.  The vehicle continued westbound on E. 12th Street then turned northbound onto Broadway Street.  The vehicle turned westbound onto W. 8th Street and ran the stop sign at the intersection of W. 8th Street and Walnut Street.  The vehicle was traveling over the double yellow line and running stop signs.  The vehicle continued onto Dayton Rd from Walnut St. 

The vehicle yielded at the intersection of Marian Ave and Dayton Rd and a female passenger exited the vehicle.  The female was later detained by the Chico Police Department and released without charges.  The vehicle continued southbound on Dayton Rd at speeds of 70 MPH with Deputies in pursuit.

The vehicle came to a stop again at the intersection of Rodgers Ave and Dayton Rd, two males and one female fled from the vehicle.  The female and one male were detained on scene. One male who was later identified as the driver, fled through the orchard on foot.  The male detained on scene was later released without charges.  The female who was detained and placed in the rear of a patrol unit on scene was later identified as Michelle McGrath (DOB: 02-27-1987).  McGrath was later arrested for vandalism to the Deputies patrol unit and transported to the Butte County Jail for booking.

The outstanding male was later identified as the driver, Brandon Mustagog (DOB: 10/18/1996).  Mustagog is still outstanding and wanted for felony evading a peace officer, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Office at 530-538-7321.  

BCSO Community Relations Unit

(530) 693-7054


Monday, October 24, 2016 /Number of views (1526) /Categories: Press Release
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