Man stabbed in Northern California hotel room after refusing to smoke meth, police say
CHICO — A stabbing at the Americas Best Value Inn Monday morning sent a man to Enloe Medical Center, Chico Police Department Lt. Ben Love said.
Chico police responded to a call around 10 a.m. reporting a man was pursuing another man at 470 Broadway.
Chico police said they identified the pursuer as Jeremy Brooks, whom officers detained 16 minutes after he arrived at the hotel. Brooks was held in the parking lot after complying with orders and walking out of the room, Love said.
When officers first responded, they were told the pursuer had multiple firearms, Love said. When the police arrived on the scene, they discovered that a man had been stabbed and he was sent to the medical centre. Love did not know the person’s condition.
While at the scene, officers created a perimeter and began asking motel residents to shelter in place.
When officers interviewed the man who was stabbed, he said Brooks forced his way into his motel room where he demanded he smoke meth. After the man refused, Brooks then stabbed and chased him when he escaped from his bedroom, according to a Chico Police Department press release.
Officers received reports that more people may be in hotel room 206, but a Chico Police drone sent inside the room found no one inside .
After detectives searched the motel room, a sawed-off shotgun, along with several bags of methamphetamine and fentanyl were found, the statement said.
Brooks was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, burglary, felon in possession of a firearm, possession for sale of methamphetamine brandishing a firearm and possession of a controlled substance. He was taken to Butte County Jail.