Police: Man on Rampage Leaves Behind 8 Crime Scenes

A Paradise man is accused in a violent rampage through central Chico.

Posted: May 23, 2018 6:50 PM
Updated: May 24, 2018 9:48 AM

CHICO, Calif. -- It was a rampage witnessed by potentially hundreds of people.


A Paradise man is accused of going on a crime spree that lasted fewer than two hours, but left behind a trail of devastation.

Chico Police say Monday night, someone called 911 reporting a road rage incident on the Esplanade. They say that was likely the beginning of Adam Parsons' violent rampage.

After that alleged incident, Parsons is accused of driving to a convenience store on the Esplanade, where he is seen on surveillance video threatening customers and employees with a hatchet. The clerk of the AM/PM says Parsons demanded $10 of gas, so they opened up a pump while he filled up.

Police say Parsons then drove to a residential neighborhood, where he forced his way into a home, threatened the resident with a hatchet, then nearly ran over that person before hitting a tree and taking off.

His next stop, according to investigators, was Manzanita Avenue, where he stole a Chuck Patterson Tow Truck that was pulled over to the side of the road. The truck's driver was nearby, but was not hurt.

Police say Parsons was being chased by at least one officer, as he drove east on East Lassen. That's when his alleged rampage took an even more violent turn. The tow truck slammed into the back of a car, sending a family of four, including two very small children to the hospital. They have since been released, according to friends of the family.

Chico Police chased Parsons in the tow truck east on West Lassen, where they tried to stop him by running into the tow truck with their patrol SUV's. Both vehicles were damaged, but Parsons was able to escape.

He eventually drove south to Holly Avenue, where he ditched the tow truck and ran to a nearby home. Investigators say Parsons broke into the home of an elderly woman, but they were able to get her out of the house safely. They sent in a K9, and they say they managed to take him into custody. He suffered dog bites, and he was tased. Parsons was medically checked, then booked into the Butte County Jail.

He now faces a host of felony charges.

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