Chico Apartment Residents Fight Off Robbers

Dec 29, 2013 12:31 PM

Two Chico men are in custody after a home invasion robbery that happened early yesterday morning. Just before 3 a.m. Chico Police received reports of a disturbance with firearms involved at an apartment at 811 W. 1st Avenue. Police Officers responded and arrived within two minutes.

Upon arrival, officers made contact with several victims who indicated that two masked men burst into their apartment and one was armed with a shotgun. During the robbery, the robbers attempted to tie up the victims with a cord similar to shoe laces. As this was happening, the victims tried to fight the suspects and were struck with the butt of the shotgun. Also during the fight the masks were torn from the suspects faces. The victims were able to fight the suspects out of their home.

The suspects fled the area, but fired a shot into the air as they left. Medics responded to treat the victims for injuries, but they declined transportation to the hospital.

Chico police officers searched the area surrounding the apartment and located one of the possible suspects walking a few blocks away. When officers attempted to contact him he fled, but was captured after a short chase. He was positively identified as one of the suspects in the home invasion robbery. That suspect was identified as Johnny Ruben Gutierrez. Gutierrez was booked into Butte County Jail on charge of home invasion robbery.

Around 1 p.m. yesterday, the second suspect involved in the home invasion robbery turned himself in at the Chico Police Department. He was identified as Timothy Leon Johnson of Chico. A Mossberg 20 gauge shotgun was recovered. Johnson was booked into the Butte County jail on charges of: assault with a deadly weapon, first degree robbery, and personal use of a firearm during the commission of a felony.


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