Alleged bank robber busted

FBI helps CPD nab suspect in year-old heist

One year after a Chico bank robbery, authorities 60 miles from the scene of the crime believe they’ve captured the man responsible.

Eric Avalos-Guevara, 24, was arrested by Wheatland Police officers at about 1 a.m. on Sunday (Sept. 25). With help from the FBI, the Chico Police Department was able to identify Avalos-Guevara as a suspect in the Sept. 30, 2015, robbery of Umpqua Bank on The Esplanade.

Yuba County Superior Court records show Avalos-Guevara—a resident of the Yuba County community where he was arrested—has a criminal history. He was charged with three felonies for threatening a police officer in April. The felonies were dismissed and he was given three years probation after pleading no contest to delaying a police officer.