Two Armed Robberies Occur Within Hours

On July 24, 2012 in the early morning hours, two separate armed robberies occurred in Redding. The first took place on Hilltop Drive and was followed by an additional armed robbery on Hartnell Avenue at School Street. (See below.)

The suspects used similar type weapons in each robbery and had similar physical descriptions. During the first robbery, the suspects were in a white 2009 or newer lifted Chevy pickup with mud tires. The pickup appeared to have an extended cab and a darker (possibly red) camper shell. A white female adult with blond hair was driving the pickup. No vehicle was seen during the second robbery.

The first male suspect was described as a Hispanic male adult in his 30’s. The second suspect was a white male adult in his 20’s. One suspect was armed with an Uzi type assault rifle and the other with a semi automatic handgun.

The Redding Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspects responsible for this crime. In partnership with Shasta County Secret Witness, anyone with information about these crimes is asked to contact the Redding Police Department at 225-4200 or Shasta County Secret Witness at 243-2319. A reward of up to $5000 is being offered
through Secret Witness for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of the suspects.

Redding Police Department press release

On Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at approximately 12:44 AM, Redding Police officers responded to the 500 block of Hilltop Drive regarding the report of an armed robbery that had just occurred. Officers interviewed the victims, Johnathan Pedro, 20 years, and Brittany Wright, 19 years, both of Redding. Pedro and Wright reported walking in the 500 block of Hilltop Drive when
they were approached by two males and a female in a white Chevrolet, crew cab, pickup truck.

The female was the driver of the suspect vehicle. During the initial contact, the suspects asked the victims if they wanted a ride.

Both males then exited the vehicle, brandished firearms, and demanded the victims’ valuables. One firearm was described as an “Uzi” style submachine gun while the second male possessed a semi-automatic pistol. The victims both relinquished undisclosed valuables at which time the suspects fled in the suspect vehicle.

The suspect vehicle is further described as a 2009 or newer model pickup in good condition. The pickup was lifted with large tires and had a darker colored (possibly red) camper shell.

The suspects are described as a Hispanic male in his 30’s and a White male in his 20’s. The female was described as having blonde hair.

Approximately 30 minutes later, officers responded to the area of Hartnell Avenue and School Street regarding a similar robbery. Ronald Bradley, 18 years, and a female juvenile, both of Redding, told officers they were walking southbound on School Street when they noticed two males following them on foot. The males approached the victims, brandished firearms, and demanded the victims’ valuables. The firearms used by these suspects were also described as a submachine gun and a black pistol. These victims complied and relinquished undisclosed valuables at which time the suspects fled on foot. No vehicle was seen.

The first suspect is described as a white male in his 40’s, 5’10”, having a shaved head and beard, wearing blue pants and a red flannel shirt. The second suspect is described as a white male in his 20’s, 5’9”, 120 lbs, wearing blue jeans, a grey t-shirt, and a dark hat.

Anyone having information regarding either of these robberies is asked to call the Redding Police Department at 530-225-4200.

Redding Police Department press release

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1 Response

  1. Avatar pmarshall says:

    All this news is really bad for our community. There is nothing else for us out here except be armed ourselves. Police cannot be everywhere,especially so now that there are layoffs.