Graffiti Arrest

NEWS RELEASE

09/24/2016 2:00 p.m.

CASE# 16-69098

Over the past several weeks, officers from the Redding Police Department have taken several reports of an unknown suspect spray-painting “LOST DR3” on the walls of numerous businesses and other structures in the east Redding area. At this time, the suspect has caused well in excess of $2,000 dollars in damage via this graffiti.

On September 24th, 2016, Officer Chad Gross developed information regarding a possible suspect in these incidents. Officers conducted a probation search at the residence of James Thornton, 26 years of Redding. During the probation search, officers discovered several items linking Thornton to the string of vandalisms. Thornton was arrested and booked into the Shasta County jail for felony vandalism and for violating his probation. A booking photo of Thornton and a sampling of the graffiti are attached to this press release.

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Contact: Sergeant Chris Smyrnos
ID# 312
Redding Police Department
530-225-4200
Reviewed: Corporal Will Williams / ID# 324

Road Rage Shooting

NEWS RELEASE

September 23rd, 2016 10 PM

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On September 23rd, 2016, at 5:09 pm, officers with the Redding Police Department responded to Eureka Way and Buenaventura Boulevard on the report of shots being fired into a vehicle. The victim, Ryan Thomas Clements, 20 years of Old Shasta, called 911 after a suspect fired multiple rounds from a handgun towards him and his girlfriend, Samantha Dyan Prior, 21 years of Old Shasta. The suspect fled the area in his vehicle south on Buenaventura Boulevard then west on Placer Street.

Clements provided a suspect and vehicle description to Shascom which was relayed to responding officers and investigators. The suspect vehicle was located traveling west on Placer Street near Plateau Circle with the assistance of the California Highway Patrol fixed airplane. The vehicle continued west on Placer Street eventually stopping on Middletown Park Drive. The driver, Francisco Xavier Fernandez, 34 years of Yuba City, was contacted and detained without incident.

The investigation revealed Clements and Prior were traveling in their vehicles north on Buenaventura Boulevard near Placer Street. Fernandez was driving his truck in front of them and continued to blow excessive exhaust smoke in their direction. Both vehicles turned onto westbound Eureka Way at which point an argument between Clements and Fernandez ensued. Fernandez attempted to run Clements and Prior off the roadway multiple times but was unsuccessful. Eventually the two vehicles stopped on Eureka Way west of Buenaventura Boulevard and both Clements and Fernandez exited their respective vehicles. Fernandez retrieved a handgun and fired several rounds towards Clements and his vehicle where Prior was sitting. Clements was able to get back into his vehicle for protection, but not before a bullet struck his left arm.

Clements was transported to Mercy Medical Center where he received treatment for a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his left arm. Prior was not injured during the incident.

Fernandez was placed under arrest for attempted murder and transported to the Shasta County Jail where he was booked without incident.

Contact: Corporal Danny Smetak #323
Redding Police Department
530-225-4200
Reviewed: Sergeant Mark Montgomery #314

Rooftop Burglary

NEWS RELEASE

 September 23, 2016           7:30 a.m.

CASE# 16-68803

 

On September 23, 2016, at 2:47 a.m., officers from the Redding Police Department were dispatched to the Mountain View Laundromat, located at 1072 Lake Blvd, for a burglary alarm activation. Upon arriving, officers could see that several sections of the internal roofing had been broken apart and fallen onto the floor. The front door of the business appeared damaged from the inside, leading officers to believe that the suspect may be trapped inside and hiding.

A request was made for assistance from the Shasta County Sherriff’s Office. Deputy Gunsauls responded with his K-9, Chase. A search of the interior of the building led to the discovery of Shawntien Morais (26 years, of Redding) hiding inside. Morais was uncooperative, resisted arrest, and was ultimately taken into custody with the assistance of K-9 Chase.

When interviewed, Morais admitted to forcing his way into the business through a rooftop access panel with plans to break into all of the change machines. Morais was taken to a local hospital for a medical clearance and was then booked at the Shasta County Jail for charges of burglary, resisting or delaying officers, and possession of burglary tools.

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Contact:         Corporal Brian Cole #329

Redding Police Department

                        530-225-4200

Reviewed:      Sergeant Chris Smyrnos #312

Shasta County’s Most Wanted Arrests

~Shasta County’s Most Wanted~

NEWS RELEASE

September 22nd, 2016 2:00 P.M.

The following members of Shasta County’s Most Wanted have been arrested:

Robert James Maurer, 61 years of Redding, was arrested on September 4th, 2016, by the Redding Police Department.

Taniesha Renae Coleman, 25 years of Anderson, was arrested on September 5th, 2016, by the Anderson Police Department.

Lamonte Lydell Borders, 23 years of Redding, was arrested on September 6th, 2016, by the Shasta County Probation Department.

Jessica Dalton Green, 24 years of Redding, was arrested on September 7th, 2016, by the Shasta County Sheriff’s Department.

Makia Lynn Thompson, 25 years of Redding, was arrested on September 7th, 2016, by the Redding Police Department.

Falon Renea Gigax, 29 years of Fall River, self-surrendered to the Shasta County Jail on September 8th, 2016.

Christopher Mark Tait, 38 years of Anderson, was arrested on September 10th, 2016, by the Anderson Police Department.

David Preston Vaughn, 42 years of Redding, was arrested on September 10th, 2016, by the Redding Police Department.

Daniel Lee Schmitz, 22 years of Redding, was arrested on September 13th, 2016, by the Redding Police Department.

Trenton Cameron Conant, 27 years of Cottonwood, was arrested on September 16th, 2016, by the Shasta County Sheriff’s Department.

Nathaniel Quentin Winn, 41 years of Hat Creek, was arrested on September 18th, 2016, by the Shasta County Sheriff’s Department.

Vernon Lee Boyer, 59 years of Redding, was arrested on September 19th, 2016, by the Shasta County Sheriff’s Department.

Warrants for the arrest of Robert Albertino Zacevich, Stehpanie Hibbs, David Bryon Brushett, and Jerry Ray Applegate, were recalled by the court. These subjects are no longer wanted.

The total number of wanted subjects arrested incident to the Shasta County’s Most Wanted program now stands at 689.

Anyone with information regarding any member of Shasta County’s Most Wanted is asked to contact SHASCOM at (530)245-6540.

Tips or information can also be provided anonymously through Secret Witness of Shasta County at (530)243-2319 or via their website at www.scsecretwitness.com/home/submit-a-tip A reward of up to $250.00 is being offered through Secret Witness of Shasta County, for information leading to the arrest of any current member of Shasta County’s Most Wanted.

Contact: Sergeant Todd Cogle #301
Redding Police Department
Approved: Llamas #184

Massage Parlor Stings

NEWS RELEASE

 

September 22nd, 2016           2:40 P.M.

 

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On Wednesday, September 21st, 2016, the Redding Police Department, assisted by Shasta County Sheriff’s Deputies, California Alcoholic Beverage Control Agents, and City of Redding Code Enforcement, conducted massage parlor stings at three locations in Redding.  Illegal activity was discovered at all three locations and multiple citations were issued for both criminal and administrative violations.  The following locations were checked.  The listed individuals were cited and released at their respective places of business.

AAA Massage at 840 Hartnell Avenue, which is located directly across the street from Parson’s Junior High School.  Yan Liu, 48 years old of San Gabriel, California, was cited for engaging in prostitution and violations of the Redding Municipal Code.

Forever Body Massage at 1708 Placer Street.  Zongu Wang, 59 years of San Gabriel, California, was cited for engaging in prostitution and violations of the Redding Municipal Code.

Michelle Redding Spa at 2051 Hilltop Drive #A5.  Kim Buidang, 58 years of San Jose, California, was cited for engaging in prostitution and violations of the Redding Municipal Code.

Massage parlors in Redding are subject to regulation under Redding Municipal Code 6.08.  Common violations discovered during the stings were prophylactics kept on-site, nudity on the behalf of the masseuse, and attempted acts of prostitution.

Additional massage parlor operations will be planned for future dates.

Contact:      Sergeant Todd Cogle #301

Redding Police Department

                       530-225-4200

Reviewed:  Brindley #612

Loaded Stolen Gun Arrest

POLICE DEPARTMENT
Robert F. Paoletti, Chief of Police
530.225.4200
530.225.4553 FAX

NEWS RELEASE

September 20, 2016 4:00 pm

CASE# 16-68021

Today, Redding Police officers encountered and arrested a suspicious person with a loaded stolen handgun while he was parked in a gas station parking lot.

At about 8:44 am, Redding Police officers responded to the Win River Mini Mart at 2415 South Bonnyview Road in regards to a suspicious person sitting in a vehicle attempting to hot wire it.
When officers arrived they contacted Velai MOKTHEPHATHAI, 29 years of Redding, sitting in the driver seat attempting to hot wire the vehicle which he claimed belonged to him. He was acting suspicious and upon further investigation, officers determined he was sitting on top of a loaded, stolen Glock handgun. The handgun was reported stolen from a residential burglary in Redding that occurred in December 2015.

During the investigation and search of the vehicle, officers located four additional concealed handguns, multiple burglary type tools and drug paraphernalia. These items included a lock pick set, bolt cutters, a modified vehicle key commonly used to steal vehicles and a glass methamphetamine smoking pipe. MOKTHEPHTATHAI was booked into the Shasta County Jail and is being held on $10,000 bail.

Contact: Cpl. Levi Solada
ID# 328
Redding Police Department
530-225-4200
Reviewed: Sgt. Icely #305

NPU ARRESTS HEROIN DEALER

NEWS RELEASE

September 16, 2016              1:00 PM

CASE #16-66524

 

Officers of the Redding Police Neighborhood Police Unit are becoming well versed in the who’s who of Redding drug dealers. Sharing information with patrol officers, the Shasta County Inter-Agency Narcotics Task Force, deputy sheriffs, citizens, and business owners is providing the proactive police unit a plethora of information on criminal activity. Such was the case this week when officers of the NPU saw and recognized a known heroin dealer on Market Street. Robert Lee Cronin-Mills, 25 years old, is on active probation in Shasta County for selling heroin and was contacted at about 3 PM. He was detained and searched incident to his probation terms and found in possession of a large amount of heroin, a significant amount of cash, packaging, and scales. Although unemployed, Cronin-Mills tried to convince officers the cash money was earned from stacking firewood for his grandmother in Shingletown.

 

Once confronted with the evidence, and that officers were not buying his story, Cronin-Mills admitted he sells heroin to pay bills and to support his own heroin addiction. He stated he uses around 3 grams of heroin a day, seven days a week, at a cost of about $8,400.00 a month. To support his drug habit, Cronin-Mills has been drug dealing to turn the profits into supporting the cost of his drug addiction and provide himself spending money. He claims he conducts about $15,000.00 – $20,000.00 a month in drug deals in Redding. He spends a lot of that on his own drug addiction, paying court fines, renting motel rooms, and buying food. He also gives money to his girlfriend with whom he has a child, to help them with living expenses.

 

Cronin-Mills lives in Shingletown and commutes to Redding daily in his grandmother’s vehicle to continue his criminal enterprise. Cronin-Mills was also arrested in May of 2016 by the NPU for drug sales and violation of probation. During that arrest, NPU impounded his personal vehicle to deter him from traveling to Redding to commit crimes. In July 2016 Cronin-Mills was arrested as one of Shasta County’s Most Wanted by the NPU for failing to appear in court and having a felony arrest warrant. In August, Cronin-Mills was remanded in a court hearing and placed on Supervised O.R., and then released. Back in May of 2015, Cronin-Mills was arrested by the Redding Police Department for possession of heroin and violation of probation. In July 2015, he was arrested by the California Highway Patrol in Redding for possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine, and violation of probation.

 

Cronin-Mills was placed in custody at Shasta County Jail for possession of heroin for sales, and violation of probation. His grandmother’s vehicle was impounded and will hopefully prevent him from traveling to Redding to commit crimes should he be released from jail again.

 

Contact:             Sergeant Walt Bullington #308

Redding Police Department

                              530-776-0306

Reviewed:         Officer Jon Sheldon #122

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Robbery with firearm near Poppie’s Pizza

NEWS RELEASE

September 16th, 2016 5:15 a.m.

CASE# 16-66871

On September 15th, 2016, at 8:40 p.m., officers from the Redding Police Department responded to a report of a robbery involving a firearm in the parking lot of Poppie’s Pizza, located at 1072 Lake Blvd. Geoffrey Porter (47 years of Redding) was at the location playing Pokémon Go when Jerald Brian Richison (30 years of Redding) approached him and pointed a black handgun at him. Richison demanded Porter’s cell phone. Porter refused to give up his cell phone and defended himself by striking Richison near his head. Richison began attacking Porter and struck him in the face, knocking him to the ground in front of the business. Porter received facial lacerations as a result of the attack. Richison fled the location on foot while several citizens witnessed the incident.

Officers searched the surrounding residential area with the assistance of the California Highway Patrol helicopter. Richison was found a few blocks away, near the intersection of Lake Blvd and Panorama Drive. A replica firearm, modelled after a Beretta FS handgun, was found nearby and had been discarded by Richison after the incident. Richison was booked at the Shasta County Jail for robbery.

Anyone with additional information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact the Redding Police Department.

Contact: Corporal Brian Cole #329
Redding Police Department
530-225-4200
Reviewed: Sergeant Chris Smyrnos #312

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Wanted Burglary Suspects

NEWS RELEASE

September 15th, 2016           11:30 A.M.

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On Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016, at approximately 2345 hours, Redding Police Officers responded to a reported burglary that occurred in the 1900 block of 10th street in Redding.  Investigation revealed that the crime was captured on surveillance video.  The video documented one of the suspects pointing a handgun at a juvenile witness while fleeing the scene of the crime.  The video was broadcast by local media outlets and widely circulated on social media.

Subsequent investigation identified both suspects as Joseph Aaron Szczygiel, 22 years of Red Bluff, and 21 year old Valente Ivan Martinez, also of Red Bluff.  Szczygiel is the suspect on video brandishing a handgun at the juvenile witness.

Investigators have obtained felony arrest warrants for both suspects.  The Red Bluff Police Department has assisted in the investigation and are working with the Redding Police Department to locate both suspects.

If you have any information regarding the location of Joseph Szczygiel or Valente Martinez, please contact the Redding Police Department at (530)225-4200, or your local law enforcement agency.

Pictures of Szczygiel and Martinez are attached to this press release.

 

Contact:     Sergeant Todd Cogle #301

Redding Police Department

                      530-225-4200

Reviewed: Renault #118

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Rite Aid Robbery

NEWS RELEASE

 September 15th,  2016   5:15 a.m.

CASE # 16-66596

On September 14th, 2016, at 9:20 p.m. officers from the Redding Police Department responded to a report of a robbery and assault that had occurred at Rite Aid, located at 1801 Eureka Way. An employee of Rite Aid, Blake Erickson (23 years of Redding), observed a male juvenile select two glass bottles of alcohol and attempt to leave the business. Erickson confronted the juvenile who swung the bottles at his head, striking him multiple times, and knocking him to the ground. The juvenile then fled the business into a nearby residential neighborhood. Officers searched the area with the assistance of the California Highway Patrol helicopter and were unable to locate the suspect.

On September 14th, 2016 at 10:22 p.m., staff from Open Line Group Home contacted the Redding Police Department regarding a 17 year old group home resident they believed was involved in the robbery. The juvenile had created a disturbance earlier in the day by damaging property, assaulting staff, and then running away. The juvenile returned shortly after the robbery occurred.

Officers arrived and confirmed the juvenile was the same subject on video surveillance at Rite Aid. The juvenile was arrested and booked at Shasta County Juvenile Hall for assault with a deadly weapon, robbery and a probation hold. The 17 year old was placed in Redding by Alameda County Juvenile Probation. His name is being withheld due to his age.

Blake Erickson was medically treated for injuries to his head at Mercy Medical Center.

 

Contact:         Corporal Brian Cole #329

Redding Police Department

                        530-225-4200

Reviewed:      Corporal Rex Berry #327