Chico Man Arrested After Vandalizing Patrol Cars, Fighting Officers
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CHICO — On January 25th at around 10:15 AM, police arrived at 431 Orange Street after reports of a disturbance. Once on scene, officers spoke with a man by the name of George Lynch and an unidentified female companion.
After a records check, officers discovered the woman had several outstanding arrest warrants. She was taken into custody without incident and Lynch was released.
Just over an hour later, Lynch noticed a marked patrol vehicle in the parking lot of the downtown substation. Presumably frustrated over the woman’s arrest, he picked up a rock and smashed the windshield. A witness to the incident alerted officers and pointed them in Lynch’s direction.
Several responding units found Lynch walking near West 8th and Broadway. Upon contact he became immediately combative, pounding his fists on the window of one of the vehicles and breaking the side mirror.
When officers attempted to physically detain him, Lynch took a fighting stance. He then threw a punch and missed, at which point an officer drew his baton and struck Lynch on the leg in defense.
Lynch immediately submitted and was taken into custody without further incident. He is housed at Butte County Jail on charges of criminal threats against an officer, assault on an officer, obstructing and delaying, and vandalism.