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Chico: Police arrest overnight shooting suspect

Dispatchers heard shots ring out while the victim of the robbery was on the phone with them.

Posted: Mar 5, 2021 8:02 AM
Updated: Mar 5, 2021 2:30 PM

Updated 1:39 p.m. Friday, Mar. 5, 2021 - Chico police have told Action News Now that the victim of the robbery and shooting incident was on the phone with 9-1-1 disptacher as shots range out.

Police said the victim begged Cervantes not to harm him after the robbery, but the shots were fired in his direction as he ran away.

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CHICO, Calif. - Chico Police arrested 29-year-old Justin Manuel Cervantes Friday morning.

Officers said the victim identified Cervantes as the person who attempted to rob him in front of Dragon Tobacco on Walnut Street at approximatey 2:30 a.m.

Police said the victim told them that Cervantes fired multiple shots when he turned and ran.

Police said the victim was not harmed.

Officers said they contacted the victim as he wass running from the shooting scene. They said they located Cervantes at the intersection of W. 2nd Street and Oak Street.

Chico police say a K9 located a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun in a nearby bush.

Cervantes is facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon, use of a firearm in a robbery, and for being a felon in possessino of a firearm.

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