Shot Fired, Stun Gun Used in Hotel Robbery, Police Say

One shot was fired and “some type of stun gun” was used in an armed robbery that took place this morning (July 1) in a hotel room at the Vagabond Inn in Redding, Redding Police Cpl. Bart Langley said.

No one was hurt when the robbery took place about 6:30 a.m. in room 226 of the hotel at 536 E. Cypress Ave, Langley said.

When police arrived, they found the victim, Albert Palen, 47, of Milwaukie, Ore. had had his wallet and car keys stolen from him. During the robbery there was a struggle involving Palen and one of the male suspects, who was in possession of a handgun.

One round was discharged without the victim, suspect or occupants in the nearby rooms being injured. A female suspect also used some type of stun gun on the victim during the robbery, Langley said. The three suspects then stole the victim’s car, a 1989 White Toyota Camry station wagon with State of Washington vehicle plates, and fled the scene.

Palen had met the female suspect the night prior. She is described as a female white adult, 19 to 20 years old, 5-foot-6-inches tall with brown hair. The other suspects are described as male white adults in their early 20s.

7/1 Update: Officers from the Redding Police Department have recovered the victim’s vehicle from the 500 Block of Leila Ave. At the time of this release, officers were still processing the stolen vehicle for evidence and all suspects regarding this case are still outstanding.

7/6 Update: Redding Police have arrested 19 year-old Chala “Candi” Och in connection with this case. Och has prior arrests on 6/10/2011 (Failure to Appear), 3/29/2011 (Failure to Appear), 9/25/2010 (Vehicle Theft), and 2/25/2010 (DUI). The two male suspects remain at large.

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