Police Seek Redding Road Rage Suspect; Victim Remains Hospitalized

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On April 1, 2014 at approximately 1:15 p.m., Redding Police Officers responded to a road rage incident that resulted in the severe injury of a female victim.

The incident began at the intersection of the northbound Interstate 5 off-ramp at Cypress Avenue. While at this location, an unknown male suspect threw an item at the victim’s vehicle.

The suspect then aggressively tailgated the victim’s vehicle westbound on Cypress Ave. At some point between Bechelli Lane and Hemsted Drive, the male suspect threw a travel style coffee mug through the open passenger window of the victim’s vehicle. The mug struck the victim, 66-year-old Joann Lambrecht-Vester in the face, causing significant injuries.

The victim’s husband, who was driving, transported the victim to a local hospital where she was admitted and remains in critical condition.

The suspect vehicle is described as an early 2000’s model, dark green, Nissan Xterra SUV with an unknown California license plate.


Police say that  the driver of a car similar to the one in this photo is being sought for questioning about possible road rage in Redding.

The male suspect is described as a clean shaven, white male adult, 25-27 years old with collar length brown hair. The suspect vehicle was also occupied by a white female adult with light brown hair.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Redding Police Department Investigations Division at (530) 225-4214 or Secret Witness of Shasta County at (530) 243-2319. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect.

From Redding Police press release.

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1 Response

  1. Avatar LovestoEat says:

    I imagine the coffee cup/mug has been retained for prints and DNA to assist in finding and punishing the person responsible for this horrible act. As well, I hope the victim makes a full recovery and is soon able to join her husband in a useful and productive life.