4 Citizens Stop Suspect in Market Street Robbery, 1 Stabbed

Otto Laverne Smalley

On Monday (July 25) 2011 at 9:04 p.m., officers of the Redding Police Department responded to Payless Gas and Food Mart at 3440 South Market Street regarding a subject armed with a knife, Corp. Pete Brindley said this morning.

Officers arrived on scene and found a subject being detained by several citizens. One of the citizens, Matthew Price, 38, of Redding, had sustained several stab wounds to his head and upper body. He was transported to Shasta Regional Medical Center for treatment of non life-threatening wounds.

Further investigation revealed that Otto Smalley, 45, of Redding, entered the business and demanded money from the cashier. The cashier, Cheree Fullerton, 26, of Redding, initially refused to comply with Smalley’s demands. Smalley held the front door closed, retrieved a knife from his waistband and again demanded money.

Four citizens pulled the front door open and rushed into the business. The citizens were able to disarm Smalley and a physical altercation ensued. Smalley retrieved a liquor bottle from a display shelf and began to swing it at Matthew Price. The bottle broke during the struggle and Price was stabbed several times. The three additional citizens were identified as Kyle McKinlay, 19, of Redding, Justin Rosser, 29, of Redding and Steveland Bowers, 28, of Redding.

Otto Smalley was booked into the Shasta County jail on suspicion of attempted robbery and felony assault.

-from press release

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5 Responses

  1. Avatar rmv says:


    when he pleads not guilty send him to TEXAS!


    • Avatar Michael says:

      Those men that detained the suspect are real Heros. We need more of them willing to put themselves in harms way to protect the innocent. I hope and pray I can be like these men when the opportunity presents itself.

  2. Avatar Karen C says:

    With RPD being short-handed, this type of citizen involvement is what it is going to take to take care of the idiot perps. Just don't get hurt.

  3. Avatar JeffG says:

    I'd like to believe he was finally trying to support his children, rather than pay for <a href="http://cajails.info/Otto+Smalley/Mugshot/111113446.html&quot; rel="nofollow">more detail work on that awesome neck tattoo.

  4. Avatar Budd Hodges says:

    Hats off and hooray to these brave citizens. Even though the police don't recomend this kind of action because it could result in fatal results, these men should be commended.

    Smalley became a little smaller. By the way smalley, that's an ugly jailhouse tat!