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Manhunt for Chico armed robbery suspect ends in deadly collision in Red Bluff

UPDATE: 8:38 a.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - The suspect who was wanted in two armed robberies in Chico is now dead after a high-speed chase in Red Bluff Tuesday night.

Posted: Jun 30, 2020 9:28 PM
Updated: Jul 1, 2020 2:02 PM

UPDATE: 8:38 a.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - The suspect who was wanted in two armed robberies in Chico is now dead after a high-speed chase in Red Bluff Tuesday night.

32-year-old Jacob Gabriel of Eureka died at the hospital after the high-speed chase in downtown Red Bluff, according to the Tehama County Sheriff's office.

Just before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, the TCSO attempted to stop Gabriel who was driving a silver Infiniti SUV on Highway 36 at Antelope Blvd. However, Gabriel sped off westbound on Antelope Blvd. at speeds reaching 110 miles per hour, deputies said.

Tehama County Sheriff's deputies requested assistance from the CHP, who then took over the pursuit.

As the driver was being pursued northbound on N. Main Street, south of Highway 36 in Red Bluff, officers said he collided into a center median near Home Depot. The driver lost control, crashed into a Caltrans traffic trailer, then drifted onto the gravel shoulder, overturned and was ejected from his car.

He was then taken to the hospital where he died shortly after arriving. CHP said he was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.

Gabriel was wanted for the robbery at the Speedway Gas Station which occurred on Sunday. He was also wanted for an armed robbery at the Self Help Federal Credit Union in Chico Monday.

Evidence from the armed robberies was recovered from Gabriel, according to the sheriff's office. The CHP is now handling the investigation. 

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CHICO, Calif. - A high-speed chase through Chico Tuesday evening ended with the suspect, Jacob Gabriel, getting away.

The chase started at about 6 p.m. on June 30 in the area of Cohasset Road and Lupin Avenue and continued north past the Chico Airport, where the suspect was traveling in excess of 100 miles an hour.

Police say Gabriel was last seen traveling northbound on Cohasset Road, just east of the town of Cohasset.

RELATED: Chico police investigating armed gas station robbery

Chico Police Sergeant Greg Keeney says police officers ended the chase because it became too dangerous.

Keeney says 32-year-old Gabrielle is also wanted for the robbery at the Speedway Gas Station at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Police say Gabriel robbed the clerk at gunpoint, taking cash and products from the store.

RELATED: Detectives searching for suspect after bank robbery in Chico

He is also a suspect in the armed robbery, a block away, at the Self Help Federal Credit Union on Pillsbury Road on Monday at 11 a.m. In that robbery, police say he pulled a handgun from his waistband, demanded cash and fled.

During the pursuit, police say two passengers were questioned but only one was arrested for an unrelated felony warrant. Officials say both were determined to be uninvolved with the two robberies.

Gabriel was last seen driving a silver 2006 Infinity FX35 hatchback with the California license plate 5VPY377.

Police say Gabriel is believed to be armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Chico Police at 897-4900.

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