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Traffic stop leads to arrest in attempted cell phone robbery

Police say that two men suspected of an attempted robbery involving a Chico State student were caught after an officer made a traffic stop matching the description of a suspect's vehicle.

Posted: Nov 18, 2017 11:54 AM

Police say that two men suspected of an attempted robbery involving a Chico State student were caught after an officer made a traffic stop matching the description of a suspect's vehicle.  

According to the Chico Police Department, this happened on Nov. 13, about 2 p.m., on Warner Street when one of the suspects came behind the victim and attempted to take her phone by force. 

The victim was able to maintain her phone despite the suspect's attempt to pull it away and moments later the suspect jumped into an awaiting vehicle and fled the scene without the phone. 

She managed to take cell phone pictures of the suspect's vehicle which led to an officer enforcing a traffic stop and detaining the driver identified as Parker O' Neal, 18, a student from Butte College. 

After officers spoke to O' Neal, he admitted being involved in the attempted robbery which led officers with evidence that pointed to the second suspect in a Chico apartment. 

19-year-old Gabriel Tyson was also detained and admitted to being involved in the robbery with O' Neal, further interviews led to admissions of a cell phone robbery that occurred on the campus of Chico State a few days earlier and another cell phone robbery which occurred last week near Chico High School.

O' Neal was arrested and charged with two counts of robbery and one count of attempted robbery.

Police say that charges will most likely be filed against Tyson as the investigation continues. 

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