Motel-room mayhem

Unrelated armed robberies hit two local motels

Police are searching for five suspects—and one victim—after a Monday morning (Nov. 4) armed robbery at a downtown Chico motel room.

According to a Chico Police Department press release, five white men armed with handguns and rifles kicked in a door and assaulted an occupant at the Heritage Inn Express on the 700 block of Broadway shortly after 6:30 a.m. The assailants fired a shot as the victim fled to a nearby gas station.

Another occupant of the motel room, who police say may have confronted the suspects in the parking lot, is refusing to speak to investigators. CPD suspects the targets of the robbery were marijuana and cash, the release states.

The robbery occurred just three days after two women were robbed at the Holiday Inn on Manzanita Avenue. Three suspects from Red Bluff—two men and a teen boy—were arrested shortly after that incident.