Search for man who robbed Cottonwood Chevron continuing

COTTONWOOD, Calif. — Officials today are continuing to search for a man who reportedly robbed a Cottonwood gas station at gunpoint early this morning, Tuesday, Oct. 27. The suspect allegedly stole “an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency, food, and medication” during the robbery, according to officials now investigating the incident.

No injuries were reported after the armed robbery, which occurred at the Chevron gas station and Food Mart on the 20000 block of 4th St., just one block north of Interstate 5.


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Deputies from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the business around 3 a.m., after receiving a 911 call reporting an armed robbery at the location, Shasta County Sheriff’s Sergeant K. Bodner said earlier this morning.

“When deputies arrived, they contacted a store employee who said a White or Hispanic male entered the business and robbed it at gunpoint,” explained Bodner. “The male then fled the location in a light-colored sedan in an unknown direction.”

Although deputies searched the area, they were unable to locate the suspect or vehicle.

As reported by Joetta Ferguson, of Facebook’s Redding Crime and Community Alert/Shasta County, official radio traffic at the time indicated the suspect fled the scene in an older model, white or silver, four door sedan – possibly a Ford Taurus.

According to radio traffic the victim told investigating deputies that after filling his car’s gas tank with fuel the suspect entered the store, where he picked up food and other items and approached the register with cash in his hand.

However, once the store’s cash drawer was open, the man brandished a hand gun and robbed the Food Mart of the money that was in the cash register.

The suspect has been described as White or Hispanic male, “of average height and average build”, in his 20s or 30s, with tattoos on his right hand and face. He was further described as wearing a blue surgical mask, black hoodie sweatshirt, light-colored baseball cap, grey sweat shorts, and light-colored skate shoes.

Additionally, the suspect “appeared to have an injury to his right shoulder or arm due to him favoring his right arm during the robbery,” Bodner described; saying the sheriff’s investigation is ongoing.


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Anyone with further information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact SHASCOM at (530)245-6540. Callers can refer to incident file number 20S034007 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.