Chico Police are searching for the man who robbed Reliance Gas on Mangrove Avenue at gunpoint last night around 11:30 p.m. The Chico Police Dispatch called into the store and spoke with the clerk, who initially relayed the suspect was still in the store and he was armed with a handgun. Several Chico Police officers responded to the scene, shut down roadway traffic, and secured the perimeter.
As dispatch continued to speak with the clerk, it was determined the suspect had fled the store prior to Police arrival. The clerk told the investigating officer the suspect entered the store with a gray hooded sweatshirt partially covering his face. The suspect approached the clerk and demanded cash from the register. The suspect fled the store and was last seen running westbound on E. 1st Avenue. The clerk was uninjured during the incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Chico Police Department.