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Man arrested in downtown Chico for pulling a knife on Madison Bear Garden employee

Chico police said they used a taser to subdue the man because there were many people at downtown bars and they were concerned about the public’s safety.

Posted: Apr 18, 2021 10:22 AM
Updated: Apr 18, 2021 10:58 AM

CHICO, Calif. – It was close to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday night when the Chico Police Department was dispatched downtown to investigate a report of a man with a knife who had allegedly pulled it on a Madison Bear Garden employee on the 300 block of W. 2nd Street.

Officers said they were able to find their suspect quickly at a nearby business. They said the man would not stop and they followed him for more than a block before using a taser on him.

Chico police said they used the taser to subdue the man because there were many people at downtown bars and they were concerned about the public’s safety.

According to police, the man was not injured and neither were any of their officers.

The man who was tased and arrested was 35-year-old Lance Penix. The man was identified by police as a “transient” required to register every 30 days with authorities due to his sex offender status.

Police said Penix was out of compliance with his registration requirements so they charged him with failure to register as a sex offender, as well as for brandishing a deadly weapon and resisting a police officer

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