Redding felon arrested after boarding RABA bus with stolen rifle

REDDING, Calif. — A Redding Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) probationer who was arrested just last month for being a felon in possession of a firearm was arrested again on similar charges after boarding a RABA bus with a stolen and loaded AR-15 type semi-automatic rifle in his bag Tuesday morning, Feb. 9.

Although the repeat offender did not offer any type of explanation to officers as to why he had the stolen rifle in his possession when he boarded the bus, Redding Police Corporal Jon Sheldon later praised the “proactive efforts” of two of the department’s officers, saying, “They were able to remove the gun from the streets of Redding.”

“Their actions undoubtedly prevented future criminal activity,” added Sheldon.

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Redding Police Officers Baily and Hull responded to the area of Twin View Blvd and Caterpillar Road at 10:34 a.m., after receiving reports of a man acting suspiciously at a RABA bus stop at the location, Sheldon said after the incident and arrest.

When officers arrived, they found the suspiciously acting man had already boarded a RABA bus.

21-year-old Redding felon Anthony Demedeiros, who was arrested last month for being a felon in possession of a firearm, was arrested again after officers found him in possession of a stolen and loaded AR-15 type rifle after he boarded a RABA bus yesterday morning. RPD photos

Officers Baily and Hull boarded the bus and located 21-year-old, Anthony Jair Demedeiros inside.

After detaining Demedeiros, officers learned he was on PRCS probation for a prior conviction of being a felon in possession of a firearm after he was arrested by Redding police officers on January 4th for being a felon in possession of a different firearm.

During a subsequent search of Demederios and his property, officers located a loaded AR-15 type semi-automatic rifle.

“The loaded rifle was recently reported stolen during a residential burglary in Trinity County,” explained Sheldon.

Although officers arrested Demederios and he was booked into Shasta County Jail in Redding, online jail records indicate he was no longer in custody at the facility as of this morning.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Redding PD at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 21R008480 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 Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

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.

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