Two armed robberies occur in downtown Chico within half an hour


Victims were robbed within 30 minutes of each other at the Bank of America and Tacos Tonaya #2 on Saturday night. Photo credit: Josiah Nicholl

Two armed robberies occurred in downtown Chico within 30 minutes of each other on Saturday night, according to the Chico Police Department.

Officers were first dispatched at 1:10 am to the Bank of America parking lot, located on 400 Broadway St. after a victim reported that a Hispanic man put a semi-automatic gun to his head and stole an undisclosed amount of money.

The suspect managed to flee in a getaway car, which the victim claimed was a newer model silver sedan, and headed east on Broadway Street.

Officers were then dispatched to Tacos Tonaya at 244 Walnut St. 30 minutes later after receiving calls about another armed robbery. Five victims at the scene informed officers that a white man wearing a ski mask entered the restaurant with a handgun and demanded that the victims give up their personal items.

The suspect stole money from the restaurant before fleeing eastbound on West 3rd Street. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate him.

Anyone with any information regarding these two incidents is encouraged to contact the Chico Police Department at (530) 897-4900.

Josiah Nicholl can be reached at [email protected] or @josiah_theorion on Twitter.