On 7-20-11, at 2:22 pm, Redding Police Officers were dispatched to Library Park on Placer Street for a reported stabbing. Upon arrival, officers located Brenda Wilson, 50 years old of Redding, in the park with a 3-inch laceration to her cheek and jaw.
Victim Wilson and witnesses reported a verbal altercation between victim Wilson and a man in his late 40s. That man, known as “Res Dog” or “Spencer” pulled an unknown type knife and slashed victim Wilson across her cheek and jaw. The suspect then fled in an unknown direction. Victim Wilson and witnesses believe he was trying to slash her throat and kill her.
The suspect is described as 5’10” to 6’ tall and thin build. He has black hair to the middle of his back, was wearing a grey tank top and possibly green/grey plaid shorts, and was unshaven. He is transient and apparently arrived from Arizona in the past few months.
Victim Wilson was transported by ambulance to Shasta Regional Medical Center for treatment. Her injuries do not appear life threatening.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Redding Police Department at (530) 225 – 4200. The suspect should be considered armed and dangerous. Do not approach or attempt to contact him.
Update, released July 21:
On 07-20-11, officers identified “Res Dog” or “Spencer” as Garland Spencer, 47 years of Red Bluff, Ca. At about 11:50 p.m., Garland Spencer was arrested at the Greyhound Bus Depot in Redding on suspicion of the stabbing of Brenda Wilson. Garland Spencer was booked into the Shasta County Jail for assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a controlled substance, which was located on him when he was taken into custody.
On 07-21-11, investigators learned that Garland Spencer may have acted in self defense against Brenda Wilson. Investigators learned Brenda Wilson had possibly attacked Garland Spencer with a knife and she sustained her injuries during the altercation.
Based on the inconsistent statements, investigators released Garland Spencer on 07-21-11 from the Shasta County Jail and will be submitting the case to the Shasta County District Attorney’s office for review.
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