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Man pleads guilty to 9 counts of robbery – Chico Enterprise-Record

Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey announced on Thursday afternoon that a man accused of nine December robberies on the west side of Chico pled no contest to the charges.

Ramsey’s office said that Robert Allen Studdard, III, 23 pled no contest to his string of robberies last December.
Studdard reportedly agreed to the maximum term of 13 years in state prison when he entered his plea. In addition to nine counts of second-degree robbery, he also pled no contest to one count of resisting police.

During his string of robberies, he hit several businesses in one 24-hour period and robbed one gas station on four separate occasions.

Studdard was arrested following his last robbery on New Year’s Eve around 9:50 a.m. by Chico Police after a department dispatcher became suspicious of an anonymous cell phone call about a man with a gun at a Chico market on Mangrove Ave.
The dispatcher, who reportedly thought the caller might be trying to pull police resources away from the gas station he had robbed before, sent additional officers to that gas station.

When the officers arrived at that West Chico gas station they captured him as he ran away from the market following his final robbery.

In his press release, Ramsey said that the defendant waived his Miranda rights and confessed to all nine robberies while at the Chico Police Department.

The robberies started in late December when Chico Police responded to an armed robbery at a West Chico gas station, where Ramsey said police learned that incident was the second robbery at the station in several days as the original robbery wasn’t reported to the police.

According to Ramsey, police determined through surveillance cameras that it appeared that the same person had robbed the store both times.

Ramsey said that over the next few days the same man appeared to be robbing several more businesses, which activated Chico Police’s Violence Suppression Unit to catch the robber.

Ramsey said that investigation continued over Christmas weekend as several agencies teamed up in an attempt to find the suspect and stop the robberies.

Ramsey also noted that despite Studdard’s efforts to hide his identity by wearing a mask and gloves, investigators were able to identify their suspect with other unique physical characteristics like tattoos on the robber.

Ramsey noted that investigators were also able to identify Studdard’s pattern in executing his robberies. In all of the cases, he had a black pistol, a distinctive backpack and after entering business he forced the clerk to empty the register and then would flee on a bike.

Ramsey said that once law enforcement identified Studdard as the suspect, they began focusing their efforts on areas where he was known to frequent. However, police had trouble locating him because he was a transient who moved around the city frequently.

On the final robbery, Ramsey said that after being told to stop running, Studdard not only continued to run, but he was reportedly discarding clothing in an attempt to change his appearance. However, police were able to arrest him at gunpoint.

in addition to finding what appeared to be money stolen from the gas station moments before, Ramsey said police found a realistic replica firm in his pocket and was wearing some of the clothing from his other robberies.

After obtaining a search warrant for his tent in the area of 9th and Hazel St, police found other clothing captured on the surveillance video, along with stolen property including serialized lottery tickets that Ramsey said traced back to several of the robberies.



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