Redding officer injured arresting man armed with “hay hooks”

REDDING, Calif. — A man who was reportedly armed with a pair of hay hooks and threatening people at a Redding motel was apprehended by police officers yesterday afternoon, Sunday, Jan. 24.

During the man’s arrest, which happened at Motel 6 on Twin View Boulevard, the man became violent, causing minor injuries to an officer and damaging a patrol vehicle in the process, according to officials.


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City of Redding police officers were dispatched to the motel around 2:45 p.m., after receiving reports of a man at the location threatening employees and guests with a set of hay hooks, Redding PD has since said of the violent encounter and arrest.

When officers arrived they located Benjamin Wesley Reeves, 48, of Redding.

Authorities say Benjamin Reeves was arrested after allegedly threatening guests and employees with a pair of hay hooks at a Redding Motel 6. An officer was slightly injured and a patrol vehicle was damaged during Reeves’ arrest. Redding PD photo

Reeves reportedly placed the hay hooks on the ground before being contacted by officers; however, he picked up and re-armed himself again with the hay hooks.

Although officers managed to gain Reeves’ compliance and he was taken into custody, when officers attempted to place him into a patrol car “he became resistive and kicked the patrol car, causing damage to the car and a minor injury to an officer,” said officials.

Becca Cox, who works at the nearby Ramada Limited, later told SCNS she was forced to call 911 and have Reeves removed from her motel just fifteen minutes before the Motel 6 incident.

Cox explained Reeves had been a guest at the Ramada but was asked to leave after he refused to provide her with his credit or debit card.

“He was being very combative the whole time, kicking things the whole way out as he was being led off the property,” Cox described; adding, “He was loudly cursing and screaming, and was very angry the whole time.”

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Reeves was ultimately booked into the Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of resisting arrest and causing injury to an officer as well as vandalism due to the damage he caused to the patrol vehicle.

Based on online jail records, it was not immediately clear if Reeves was still in custody or had already been released.

Anyone with further information regarding this investigation or the alleged suspect is encouraged to contact Redding PD at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 21R004974 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 (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS). Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including 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. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network.

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.