Good samaritan helps take down suspect in officer assault in Chico

Chico Police say a good samaritan helped take down a suspect who was assaulting an officer.

Posted: Mar 25, 2019 7:36 AM
Updated: Mar 25, 2019 4:07 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Chico Police say a good samaritan helped take down a suspect who was assaulting an officer.

Police say homeless Chico resident Billy Faga, 41, was shoplifting at a convenience store on W. 9th Street in downtown Chico at 10:32 p.m. Sunday.

Officers say Faga charged at them when they told him to stop. The officer deployed a taser, but it was ineffective. Police say Faga swung at the officer several times, hitting him once on the head. Police say officers managed to get Faga on the ground after a short, but violent struggle.

Police say, during that struggle, an unknown citizen arrived on a bicycle and helped the officer in holding Faga to the ground. Additional citizens then assisted by calling 911 and giving accurate information to dispatchers about the location of the fight.

Assisting officers arrived and Faga was booked into the Butte County Jail for resisting arrest with violence, battery on a peace officer, violation of felony probation and shoplifting.

Chico Police say the unknown citizen bicyclist was not identified, as he left the scene prior to officers getting a statement from him. Police say, other than some minor scrapes, the officer was not injured.

The convenience store has released surveillance video of the attack. 

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