Knife-wielding Anderson felon arrested after threatening mother and child
ANDERSON, Calif. — A knife-wielding felon on probation who officials say is well known to police officers from her prior contacts with law enforcement was arrested again after allegedly threatening a mother and her child, along with several others, outside an Anderson business on Gateway Drive Wednesday evening, Jan. 20.
One of the alleged suspect’s recent arrests happened last October when she was found inside a stolen vehicle near Balls Ferry Road. She was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine at the time of that arrest.
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City of Anderson police officers were dispatched to the scene around 10 p.m., after SHASCOM emergency dispatchers received numerous reports of an intoxicated woman brandishing a knife and threatening customers and employees, Anderson PD has since said of the incident.
When officers arrived, they located Melissa Marie Pollard, 41, of Anderson, in front of the business.
Mellissa Pollard, who is well known to Anderson police officers from her prior contacts, was arrested Wednesday evening after she allegedly used a knife while threatening a mother and child, along with others. APD photo
Pollard, who was already well known by officers and is currently on felony probation for a prior charge of resisting or obstructing a police officer, was still armed with a knife and initially refused officers’ commands to drop the weapon.
“Pollard was heavily intoxicated and was screaming incoherent statements at officers,” APD officials described; adding that the drunk woman “yelled numerous words and phrases in German, in an apparent attempt to issue commands to K-9 Iro, which had no effect.”
“After a brief standoff, Pollard discarded her knife as ordered but still refused to immediately comply with any additional commands,” APD described; saying that the combative woman was eventually detained without further incident.
During their subsequent investigation officers interviewed several witnesses and victims, including a mother who told officers that Pollard had approached her vehicle in the parking lot before brandishing a knife at her and her child while threatening to “cut them.”
Another victim, an employee of the business, told officers that he confronted Pollard, “who brandished the knife and threatened to harm him as well,” said APD.
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Based on their investigation officers arrested Pollard and she was booked into the Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of brandishing a knife, child endangerment, making criminal threats, resisting arrest, and public intoxication.
She was also booked on a felony warrant related to the stolen vehicle she was found in last October, and a violation of Pollard’s probation will be filed with the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office, according to officials.
Online jail records indicate Pollard 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 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.