UPDATE, April 4, 12:40 PM
Further investigation into two additional crimes that occurred on April 3, 2018, revealed that Casey John Stout was responsible. At about 5:17 pm in the 1700 block of Market St. Stout attempted to steal a woman’s purse from her. A struggle over the purse ensued and two other women saw what was happening and came to the victim’s aid. The three women fought off Stout causing him to flee. The victim was able to retain her purse and Stout was unsuccessful in his first felonious act of the evening. This incident is captured on video and will be posted on our social media site.
Shortly after Stout attempted to steal the purse, sometime between 5:20 pm and 6:00 pm Stout threw a rock into a car window to burglarize a parked car. The car was parked in the 1600 block of Pine St. Stout was captured on video committing this act as well. This footage will also be posted on social media.
Stout then went to the downtown mall parking area. It was at about 6:08 pm when he attempted to carjack the 83 year old victim for his final attempted felony of the evening before being arrested. He has now been booked for the additional attempted robbery and burglary.
ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE
On April 3rd at 6:08 pm, Redding police officers responded to the downtown parking structure in the 1300 block of Market Street after a report of an attempted carjacking. The 83 year old victim reported he was in the parking lot near his car. He was approached by 24 year old Casey John Stout of Redding. Stout demanded the victim’s keys to his car and was yelling at the victim.
A citizen saw what was happening and intervened, knocking the suspect to the ground. The suspect left the scene on foot and was spotted by Officer Lauren Meyer. The suspect fled from the officer and a foot chase ensued. After several blocks, Stout was taken into custody. During the foot chase, Stout attempted to get into a vehicle as the citizen was driving by the incident and stopped in traffic. The driver fled and did not remain to contact police. This driver/victim has yet to be identified and asked to contact the police department.
Stout told officers he targeted the elderly victim because he would be an easy person to take advantage of and steal his vehicle. Stout was also found to be on felony probation for burglary. Stout was booked into Shasta County Jail for two counts of attempted carjacking, elder abuse, and a violation of his terms of probation.
Please contact the Redding Police Department if you witnessed this incident or have any useful information regarding this case.