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Chico Police have arrested a man on suspicion of felon in possession of a firearm while responding to a suspicious vehicle call earlier this week.
Officers arrived in the area of West 10th Avenue and Esplanade just after 11:30 PM on March 27th, where a caller had reported seeing two suspicious individuals sitting in a vehicle outside a closed business.
The caller had also claimed to have seen the two subjects tampering with cars.
As they approached the vehicle, officers noticed the car parked behind it had a broken window.
When officers spoke with the individuals — identified as 35-year-old William Rasmussen and 36-year-old Christina Delzell — they also noticed narcotics paraphernalia in the vehicle, reportedly in plain sight.
Officers searched the vehicle and turned up a loaded handgun.
Rasmussen, who admitted to being the owner of the vehicle, is a convicted felon and, as such, prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm of any kind.
He was arrested and booked on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of narcotic paraphernalia, and false registration tabs on a vehicle.
Delzell was released at the scene.