Tense confrontation between teens and Chico police leads to 5 arrests

A search for a missing girl led to the arrests of 5 teens near a popular playground in Bidwell Park on Friday afternoon. The incident was caught on camera.

Posted: Jul 5, 2019 5:18 PM
Updated: Jul 6, 2019 9:35 AM

UPDATE 9:10 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 2019 -- Action News Now spoke with one of the grandfathers of the girls arrested who is also her legal guardian. 

In response to why he has no more control over the girl, he said told Action News Now reporter Laura Eng, "What are you going to do to her? You're going to grab her by her hair? Drag her around? You can't leave marks on them, you can't spank them. You can't, there is no discipline."

"The police officer tried to get in control of her. She ripped away from the police officer, spun around, tried to kick him," he told Action News Now.

He also said that this has been an ongoing daily issue for the past six or seven months and that he understands Chico Police are limited with what they can do with juveniles.

"What has our society come to? How have we allowed these children to get the upper hand? On the parents and on society?"

The grandfather said he thought the situation was handled appropriately by Chico Police.

There is bodycam video from the officers which will now be examined as part of the investigation.

UPDATE 5:34 p.m. Friday, July 5, 2019 -- Chico Police arrested five teenagers early Friday afternoon after a tense confrontation. 

Chico Police said around 12:00 p.m. they got a call about a possible assault in the Council Ring area of Bidwell Park. Around the same time, police said they also got a welfare check request about a missing teenage girl in the same location.

An assault victim could not be found, according to police. However, police said they were able to locate the missing teenager. 

Chico Police said several other teenagers attempted to interfere and prevent officers from detaining the missing teenager. 

The crowd of approximately 10 teenagers interfered and exasperated the already tense situation, according to police. 

Five teenagers were arrested for resisting and delaying a Peace Officer, according to police.

Chico Police said this incident follows a string of juvenile related offenses in the last several weeks.

The unusually high number of juvenile related offenses are not related to each other, according to police. 

Chico Police said in the past few weeks, one juvenile was arrested for driving under the influence and a vehicle collision. Three juveniles were arrested for theft charges, according to police. Three juveniles were detained and or arrested for illegal explosive and arson charges, according to police. Three juveniles were detained or arrested for felony-level battery, according to police.

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CHICO, Calif. - Five teenagers were arrested early Friday afternoon after a tense confrontation with Chico police.

The officers had been searching for a missing teenage girl in Lower Bidwell Park when a tense confrontation occurred between young people and police.

A group of teenagers are seen on this video taunting police officers who appear to armed with a can of mace and a baton.

The youth are shouting the F-word and the N-word throughout the video.

The location was the Council Ring near Caper Acres.

Police ended up pinning a girl to the ground in handcuffs. We are not showing that part of the video because the teens are underage.

Police ended up arresting five teens, including the one that had been reported as missing.

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