Arrested and handcuffed, Anderson felon nabbed after fleeing from deputies

COTTONWOOD, Calif. — A wanted felon was re-apprehended after fleeing from a deputy following his arrest in Cottonwood Thursday afternoon, Jan. 7.

Although already arrested and in handcuffs, the alleged suspect, Lucas Andrew Mcleod, 25 years-old, of Anderson, fled from officials, leading to a multi-agency search that lasted for more than an hour.


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At around 1:50 p.m., a Shasta County sheriff’s deputy was investigating a suspicious circumstance at a residence on the 20700 block of Second Street in Cottonwood, Shasta County Sheriff’s Sergeant Garet Baldwin later said of the incident.

During that investigation, a deputy contacted McLeod, who he recognized him as being a wanted felon who had multiple outstanding warrants for his arrest. His warrants included one felony and four misdemeanors, all for failing to appear in court on other ongoing criminal cases.

A wanted felon who had multiple warrants for his arrest, Lucas Andrew Mcleod, 25, of Anderson, was apprehended after fleeing from a deputy who had just arrested and handcuffed him. With help from a Redding PD K-9, a CHP helicopter, and a Cal Fire law enforcement officer, Mcleod was re-apprehended more than an hour later and was found to still be handcuffed. SCSO photo

Based on his warrants, the deputy arrested and handcuffed Mcleod, “then … attended to securing Mcleod’s property for transport to the jail,” according to Baldwin.

“As the deputy stepped a few feet away from Mcleod  to gather his property, Mcleod ran away and through the backyards of residences, with his hands still secured behind his back in handcuffs,” said Garret; adding, “The deputy gave chase, but lost sight of Mcleod near a residence on the 20700 block of First Street.”

Deputies, along with a Redding PD K-9, California Highway Patrol helicopter and a Cal-Fire law enforcement officer, converged on the area to assist in searching for the handcuffed man.

Officials quickly established a perimeter while Redding PD’s K-9 “Chase“ began tracking Mcleod’s scent from where he was last seen.

As the CHP airship searched from overhead, K-9 Chase followed Mcleod’s trail through neighborhood streets and yards before locating Mcleod hiding in the dense brush of a vacant field on Seales Lane.

Official radio traffic at the time indicated he was located and re-apprehended around 3:06 p.m.

“Mcleod was taken into custody without incident, still wearing handcuffs,” said Garet.

Mcleod was later transported to Shasta County Jail in Redding where he was booked for his warrants as well as the additional misdemeanor charge of delaying/obstructing a peace officer.

Online jail records today indicate he remains in custody, where he 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.