Chico man arrested on Kidnap and Attempted Rape Charges

Feb 17, 2016 9:55 PM by Linda Watkins-Bennett

Police have arrested a Chico man for the kidnapping and attempted rape of a woman along a bike path.
911 callers reported hearing a woman screaming "rape" from the bike path near White and East Avenues shortly after 5 a.m. Wednesday.
The first officer to arrive located 34 year old Thomas Maurice Johnson hiding in in the bushes.
Johnson jumped a fence and ran.
The officer then found the victim, a 47 year old female, also in the bushes partially clothed and injured.
She said she had been assaulted and forced down the bike path, where the suspect tried to rape her.
A police dog helped locate Johnson, who allegedly bit one of the officers on the hand during his arrest.
Johnson now faces a number of felony charges, including battery on a peace officer.


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