Redding man arrested after following woman while driving stolen Good News Rescue Mission van

DOUGLAS CITY, Calif. — Authorities say a Redding man was arrested after a terrified woman called 911 to report that someone was following her as she walked home early Friday morning, Jan. 15.

Deputies who responded to the incident determined the driver, who had followed the woman all the way home and parked across the street from the victim’s residence, had stolen the vehicle he was driving from the Good News Rescue Mission in Redding earlier that morning.


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Trinity County sheriff’s deputies were first alerted to the situation around 5:50 a.m., when a woman called 911 and reported that she was being followed by a van as she walked down a street in Douglas City, Trinity County Sheriff’s officials have since said of the incident and arrest.

The victim then reported the van had followed her to her residence and parked across the street from her home.

The name of the street was not provided, to protect the identity of the 911 caller.

A Redding man, 57-year-old, David Vanbuskirk, was found to be driving a stolen van after a concerned citizen reported that he had followed her as she walked home and then had parked across the street from her home. Trinity County Sheriff’s Office photo

Deputies responding to the scene quickly spotted the van leaving the Douglas City area and conducted a traffic stop as the van headed eastbound on SR-299.

During their subsequent investigation, deputies learned the driver of the vehicle, David Vanbuskirk, 57, of Redding, was driving a van owned by the Good News Rescue Mission in Redding.

“Through further investigation (the van) was found to have been stolen earlier in the night,” Trinity County Sheriff officials later reported.

Vanbuskirk was arrested and transported to the Trinity County Jail where he was booked on suspicion of auto theft, possession of stolen property, driving with suspended/revoked license, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to a Trinity County Jail representative, Vanbuskirk was cited and released within hours of his arrest and is no longer in custody.

Anyone with further information regarding this incident or who believed they were involved in any potential similar incidents involving Vanbuskirk is encouraged to contact the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 623-2611. Callers can refer to incident file number 2021-00056 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 KRCR News Channel 7 and Mountain Echo in Shasta County, Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego 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.