Chico man arrested after unleashing chaos on gas station bathroom

Chico man arrested after unleashing chaos on gas station bathroom
PHOTO: Chico Police Department

Chico Police have arrested a man after a contentious encounter in which he reportedly locked himself in a gas station bathroom and wrecked up the place while making bogus 9-1-1 calls.

Just after 1:30 AM on January 29, dispatch got a call from an employee at the 7-Eleven on Walnut Street about a man who had locked himself in the bathroom after being asked to leave due to erratic behavior.

Employees said the individual, identified as 52-year-old Dennis Bryant, had armed himself with an edged weapon beforehand. At some point he also allegedly began making bogus calls to 9-1-1 from his cellphone.

Officer Aron

Responding officers, a behavioral health counselor, and hostage negotiators attempted to convince Bryant to come out peacefully. Numerous de-escalation techniques were attempted and all failed.

Finally, the door was forced open and K-9 officer Aron was sent in to retrieve him.

Bryant was taken into custody with minor injuries from the use of a K-9 and was treated at a local hospital. Police say he also assaulted K-9 Aron, but did not inflict any injuries.

Once Bryant was medically cleared, he was booked at the Butte County Jail on suspicion of burglary, assault on a police K-9, obstruction, trespassing, vandalism, exhibiting a deadly weapon, unlawful use of 9-1-1, and arson.

Police say he partially flooded the store, destroyed the bathroom, and tried to set it on fire while he was locked in.

Chico man arrested after unleashing chaos on gas station bathroom was last modified: February 6th, 2020 by admin
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