Man arrested after stabbing victim in neck with “spear-type weapon”

REDDING, Calif. — Authorities say a man who stabbed another man with a “spear-type weapon” at a Redding motel was arrested after fleeing the scene Friday afternoon, Nov. 6.

The victim of the stabbing underwent emergency surgery and was expected to survive the violent attack, which happened at the Stardust Motel, located at 1200 Pine Street.


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City of Redding police officers were dispatched to the motel at 3:15 p.m., after receiving reports of a stabbing, according to Redding PD officials.

When officials arrived they found the victim, a white male adult whose name has not been released, in one of the motel rooms with a stab wound to his neck.

“The victim appeared to have been stabbed with a spear-type weapon,” according to officials; who said officers located and recovered the weapon used in the violent attack.

The victim was transported by ambulance to an area hospital where he immediately underwent surgery for his injury. His current condition was not available as of this report, but sources said the man was expected to survive.

A Redding PD investigator interviews Eric Seward, who allegedly stabbed another man with a “spear-type weapon” at Redding’s Stardust Motel Friday afternoon. RPD photo

The suspect, since identified as Eric Michael Seward, 42, of Redding, had fled the scene on foot prior to officers’ arrival at the motel. However, he was quickly located and apprehended about a block away, near the intersection of Market Street and Eureka Way.

Redding Police investigators responded to the scene and interviewed several witnesses.

Seward was also interviewed by investigators regarding his involvement in the stabbing.

Based on their investigation, officials arrested Seward and he was later booked into Shasta County Jail in Redding for attempted first-degree murder. Online jail records indicate he remains in custody in lieu of $525,000 bail or bond.

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact the Redding Police Investigations Division at (530) 225-2400 or by email. Callers can refer to incident file number 20R073482 and can remain anonymous.

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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.