Anderson felon arrested after running from, fighting with, officer

ANDERSON, Calif. — Authorities say a wanted felon who first fled from and then fought with an Anderson police officer was arrested early Sunday evening, Dec. 27.

After his arrest the man, who is on parole for assault with a deadly weapon and had a felony warrant for his arrest, was later found to be in possession of heroin, more than a pound of processed marijuana, pepper spray, a stun gun, a concealed knife and drug paraphernalia.


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City of Anderson police officers received a report of a suspected impaired driver in the area of Highway 273 and Ox Yoke Road around 5 p.m., Anderson PD later said of the violent encounter and arrest.

While searching the area for the reported impaired driver, an officer spotted the suspect’s vehicle driving on Ox Yoke Road “without any lighting equipment illuminated” and conducted a traffic enforcement stop, according to officials.

An Anderson wanted felon, who was already on parole for assault with a deadly weapon and provided a false name to an officer, was arrested again after first fleeing from and the fighting with an Anderson police officer. He was found to be in possession of heroin, more than a pound of processed marijuana, pepper spray, a stun gun, a concealed knife and drug paraphernalia. Anderson PD photo

Although the driver, later identified as Jason Anthony Navarro, 22, of Anderson, yielded to the officer and stopped, he provided a false name.

However, the officer immediately recognized Navarro from prior arrests as well as his distinctive facial tattoos.

The officer quickly determined Navarro was on parole for an assault with a deadly weapon charge and had a felony warrant for his arrest for being a parolee at large and had Navarro exit the vehicle he had been driving.

When Navarro exited the vehicle he immediately attempted to flee from the officer on foot.

However, “the officer grabbed ahold of Navarro, who punched the officer,” said Anderson PD officials who added, “After fighting for a brief period, the officer utilized his taser to control Navarro.”

After being handcuffed, Navarro was found to be in possession of pepper spray, a stun gun, a concealed knife, heroin, drug paraphernalia, and over a pound of processed marijuana.


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Navarro subsequently admitted to recently using methamphetamine and was determined to be under the influence of “beyond the point of safely operating a motor vehicle,” officials described.

Navarro was later booked into Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of a total of thirteen charges, including seven felony and six misdemeanors, including DUI, numerous weapon and drug charges, violation of parole, and several felonies regarding assaulting the officer.

Online jail records indicate he remains in custody and is being held without bail.

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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.