REDDING: Man trying to break up fight stabbed in chest multiple times

REDDING — A good Samaritan trying to break up a fight between a man and woman was stabbed in the chest multiple times Friday evening, Jan. 26. The fight and subsequent stabbing happened in a Redding parking lot between a motel and large, commercial building that features a number of businesses.

The parking lot located on the 4000 block of Westside Road, is situated between the Capri Motel and a building with businesses that include a medical marijuana dispensary, hydroponics store and car dealership as well as military surplus and carpet stores.

According to at east one local, who said she was recently staying at the motel with her two young children, the parking lot is known for quality food served at reasonable prices from gourmet and local food trucks during the day but has a reputation for drug transactions and prostitution-related activities at night.

28-year-old, Sherry Cloverly, who said she and her children spent almost two months living “off and on” at the motel, said that although the motel was “nice enough,” the area “could be a bit scary sometimes.”

City of Redding Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to the scene shortly before 9 p.m., after receiving reports of a man who had been stabbed multiple times, Redding Police Corporal Harris explained after the stabbing.

When they arrived officials found the victim suffering from multiple stab wounds, near the sidewalk in front of the parking lot. He was later identified as 27-year-old, Sean McCune, of Redding.

McCune and his girlfriend, Elizabeth Raber, told officers they were walking in the area when they spotted a man assaulting a woman known in the area as “Sphinx.” When McCune attempted to intervene on the woman’s behalf, the alleged suspect pulled out a knife and repeatedly stabbed McCune in the chest.

McCune was transported by ground ambulance to Mercy Medical Center where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries and later released.

Raber later said on social media that McCune was stabbed six times but was doing well and was expected to have his staples removed sometime next week. She also said she is hoping to be able to move from the area soon, after her images were shown on live broadcasts via local media the night of the incident.

“We will be okay once the guy is put away behind bars,” Raber wrote, explaining, “I don’t like the fact my face was on TV and the dude probably saw it.”

The suspect, who has not been identified or located, was described as a white male in his thirties, with short, dark-colored hair. Officials have not specified if they have any leads on the man’s identity or whereabouts and their investigation is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation or who witnessed the incident is encouraged to contact Redding PD’s Investigations Division at (530) 225-4269. Callers can refer to incident file number 18-6936 and can remain anonymous.


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Trevor Montgomery, who recently moved from Riverside County to Shasta County, runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, The Valley Chronicle and Anza Valley Outlook as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 27 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 14 grandchildren.