Chico Police: Store Clerk Assaulted by Shoplifting Suspect, Saved by Passerby

A Chico man is behind bars Tuesday morning after police said he tried to shoplift and then beat the store owner with his own weapon.

Posted: Jul 31, 2018 3:55 AM
Updated: Nov 1, 2018 12:30 PM

UPDATE 12:28 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 - This case was dismissed on the District Attorney's motion. 

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CHICO, Calif. - A Chico man is behind bars Tuesday morning after police said he tried to shoplift and then beat the store owner with his own weapon.

A passerby is being credited with stopping an assault on a store clerk after the suspect, 31-year-old Nolan Cordova, wrestled the clerk’s weapon away from the clerk and hit him at least once in the head.

Around 4 p.m. Monday, Chico Police officers were called to the Fair Street Market on East 20th Street where witnesses told police the suspect tried to steal several soft drinks from the store.

That’s when the unidentified store clerk tried to chase him down, arming himself with a stick. During the scuffle, the suspect got ahold of the weapon and attacked the clerk.

The unidentified bystander was driving by when he came to help the clerk and took down the suspect, holding him down until police arrived.

Cordova was booked into Butte County jail for assault with great bodily injury charges.

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