Kidnapping, carjacking leads to Redding man’s arrest

REDDING, Calif. — Authorities say a man who carjacked and kidnapped a Redding man at knife-point from the Bonnyview Boat Ramp in Redding was apprehended late last night, Thursday, Oct. 8.

The alleged suspect, Justin Kenyon, 32, of Redding, was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, false imprisonment, and possession of methamphetamine. Jail records indicate he remains in custody in lieu of $100,000 bail or bond.

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Officers from the Redding Police Department were alerted to a possible robbery and kidnapping after the victim managed to separate himself from Kenyon for a few minutes, by convincing the suspect he was thirsty and needed to buy a drink from a Redding convenience store, Redding Police Cpl. Chris Mills later said of the incident and arrest.

While inside the convenience store, the victim, Ronald Hussey, 39, of Redding, told emergency dispatchers that Kenyon – who was unknown to him – approached him in the Bonnyview Boat Ramp parking lot and offered to sell him drugs.

“When Hussey declined, Kenyon displayed a knife, pressed the knife against Hussey and demanded a ride to another location in Hussey’s vehicle,” said Mills.

“While Hussey was driving Kenyon through Redding, he convinced Kenyon to allow him to stop at a convenience store for something to drink because he was thirsty,” described Mills; adding, “Once inside the store, Hussey was able to call for help.”

Officers converged on the convenience store parking lot and quickly located Hussey’s vehicle with Kenyon sitting inside it.

After detaining Kenyon, officers discovered he was in possession of two knives, as well as suspected methamphetamine.

Justin Kenyon, 32, of Redding, was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, false imprisonment, and possession of methamphetamine. Jail records indicate he remains in custody in lieu of $100,000 bail or bond.

Based on their investigation and the victim’s statements, officers arrested Kenyon and he was later booked into Shasta County Jail in Redding.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is encouraged to contact Redding PD at (530) 225-4200.Callers can refer to incident file number 20R066201 and can remain anonymous.


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Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta 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. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s 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 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.

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