All 11 people allegedly linked to the robbery incident that took place in downtown Chico over the weekend, were in court for their first appearance on Tuesday. The robbery happened early Saturday morning at 2nd and Main Street in Chico. Officers found and arrested the defendants around 5:30 a.m. on the bicycle path near the Chico State campus. Stolen property was retrieved when they were arrested.
Those that appeared in Butte County Superior Court included Jose Martin Cervantes, 23; Deshawn Dekkerrio Dean, 18; Laeyla Rachealle Ealy, 18; Shayla Monae Ealy, 19; Demetrius Theodore Jackson, 23; Ariana Marie Jenae Johnson, 18; Jeremiah Diexo Jones, 18; Alyssa Ann Ortiz, 18; Zachariah James Robinson, 23; Catrina Louise Schoen, 18; and Dante Deloe Turner, 18.
According to the Chico ER, they were each charged with a count of battery for allegedly attacking three people. Those could become felony charges after a gang allegation states that it was done as part of a gang activity. The maximum penalty if convicted could be three years in state prison.
Demetrius Jackson also faces allegations that he served two prior prison terms and has a strike under the state's three-strikes law. If found guilty, he could face up to eight years in state prison.
Bail has been set at $50,000 each, except for Jackson. His bail is set at $180,000.
The defendants did not enter a plea. They are scheduled to appear again on September 3rd, and could enter a plea at that time.