CHICO — Police arrested a man on suspicion of robbery on Wednesday after an standoff at an apartment complex that led to a lockdown at two schools, according to the Chico Police Department.
Police said Ollie Bennett, 33, had an outstanding warrant for arrest on suspicion of robbery. According to a Chico Police Department press release, the Chico Police Dispatch Call Center was notified of an alleged vehicle theft in South Chico at 8:21 a.m. Wednesday.
An officer who answered the call reportedly saw the vehicle being driven recklessly on One Avenue near Humboldt Road. According to the press release, the car drove into the parking lot of an apartment complex on Amanda Way where the driver allegedly ran into an apartment.
Police said an investigation led officers to determine that Bennett was the driver and that he was still inside the apartment. The Crisis Negotiation Team from the Chico Police Department arrived and communicated with Bennett through a public address system. A Butte County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit, school resource officers from the Chico Police Department, Chico Police Detectives and a SWAT team were also at the scene.
“After much negotiation, Bennett came out of the apartment and surrendered peacefully,” the press release said.
After allegedly stealing the vehicle, Bennett got into an altercation with a man at a 7-Eleven store on One Avenue, police said. Bennett allegedly pointed a shotgun at this man and his child. According to the press release, following the altercation, police noticed Bennett driving recklessly on One Avenue.
Little Chico Creek Elementary School and Marsh Junior High School were both placed on a code yellow lockdown at the time of the incident. The police department said in the release that the lockdown was imposed because of how close the schools were to the incident. A school resource officer was present on the school property during the entire incident. There was no injury.
According to the press release, Bennett was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft, gun wielding, endangering children, resisting arrest, and being a gunman.