At around 10:25 AM, the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Roseville Police Department to be on the lookout for a male suspect driving a 1999 Volkswagen compact recreational vehicle, possibly heading toward Redding or Reno.
According to Lt. Mark Contreras, a deputy spotted a vehicle matching that description just before 1 PM – traveling northbound on Interstate 5 in the Maxwell Area – and followed it north into Willows. Contreras said that the suspect, Heath Jason Oliveira, pulled over “on his own” in the Walmart parking lot, which is where the deputy attempted to make contact with him.
“When our officer attempted to make contact, (the suspect) got back into the vehicle and drove south, towards the airport,” Contreras said.
Oliveira then stopped in a dirt lot near the airport, got out of the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. After a short foot pursuit, the deputy apprehended him without incident, Contreras said.
“He was arrested, and Roseville will be working out some kind of prisoner transport with our units that are on scene,” Contreras said.
He added that Roseville Police had provided information that Oliveira “may have rigged some sort of bomb to the propane tank on the RV.”
The Willows Airport was shut down temporarily until a bomb squad deemed the scene safe. Ultimately, no bomb was found, officials reported.
According to Contreras, Oliveira was wanted on suspicion of kidnapping, false imprisonment, domestic violence, and assault with a deadly weapon. It has been reported that Oliveira allegedly kidnapped and threatened a woman on Sunday, and that that woman was not in the RV and was reported as safe.■