Man who attacked Redding Rite Aid employees arrested

REDDING, Calif. — Authorities say a man who attacked two Redding Rite Aid employees, significantly injuring one of them with a broken glass bottle, was arrested Saturday morning, Jan. 16.


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City of Redding police officers responded to the business in the 1800 block of Eureka Way around 8:30 a.m., after receiving reports of an assault with a deadly weapon at the location, according to officials.

When officials arrived they learned a homeless man, since identified as Brammel Lowell McCovey, of Eureka, had attacked two employees inside the store’s stock room.

Brammel McCovey, 29, of Eureka, had just arrived in Redding the night before he attacked two Rite Aid employees who asked him to move away from their stock room door so they could continue working. RPD photo

According to officers, McCovey had just arrived in town the previous night and found a place to sleep behind the Rite Aid, next to the business’ stock room door.

The victims told officers that the incident began when an employee working in the stock room asked McCovey to move from the area so he could continue working.

“McCovey became belligerent and eventually came after the employee by entering the stock room,” officials described. “While assaulting the employee another associate of the store came to their aid.”

“McCovey then threw a broken glass bottle at the other victim causing a laceration,” officials continued.

Multiple officers converged on the area to assist in searching for and apprehending McCovey, and eventually located McCovey hiding near a nearby closed business.

“He was initially uncooperative but officers were able to take him into custody without incident,” said officials.

The victims positively identified McCovey as the man who had attacked them, leading officers to arrest him.

He was later booked into Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, battery, burglary, and trespassing.

Online jail records indicate McCovey remains in custody in lieu of $25,000.

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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.