UPDATE: RPD Releases Photos of Suspect in Subway Robbery


On August 30th, 2017 Investigators were able to identify the suspect as Jimmy Lee Cates, 30 years of Redding as the suspect in the Robbery. Investigators learned Cates had a two outstanding warrants for his arrest. One misdemeanor warrant for possession of drugs and one felony for being a parolee at large. Cates is on Parole for residential burglary.

At 12:28 p.m. on August 30th, 2017, investigators from the Redding Police Department located Cates, on Churn Creek Road in south Redding. Investigators contacted Cates and after a brief struggle took him into custody. Cates was transported to the Redding Police Department Investigations Division. During an interview with Cates he admitted to robbing the Subway on Dana Drive on August 29th, 2017.

Cates was booked into the Shasta County Jail for the warrants, robbery, and resisting arrest.


On today’s date at about 5:30 p.m., an employee at the Subway sandwich shop located at 1150 Dana Drive reported being robbed. The suspect brandished a weapon and took an undisclosed amount of currency. The suspect later fled the location on foot towards the intersection of Churn Creek Road and Dana Drive. Officers with the Redding Police Department responded to the location within approximately 3 minutes of the call being received but were unable to locate the suspect after an exhaustive search of the area.

The suspect is described as a white male adult in his twenties. He is about 5’ 10” and weighs 160 pounds. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a black polo shirt, black shorts, a black Nike back pack, and a black flat-billed baseball cap with a white brim and a small white logo on the front. Additionally, the suspect has extensive tattooing on both of his arms.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Redding Police Department at (530) 225-4200 or Secret Witness of Shasta County at (530) 243-2319 or www.scsecretwitness.com.

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