Would-be Redding bank robber foiled, arrested within minutes

REDDING, Calif. — Authorities say a man who attempted to rob a Redding bank was nabbed within minutes of leaving the location empty-handed, after the teller refused to give him any money Monday morning, March 29.

The attempted robbery happened at Banner Bank, located at 880 Cypress Avenue, which happens to be within a short, quarter-mile walking distance from the Redding Police Department.


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Redding police officers responded to the bank at 9:35 a.m. after bank officials called 911 and reported an attempted robbery, Redding Police Corporal Ortega later said of the incident and arrest.

“Bank employees reported a male subject, later identified as Brandon Ronnell Evans, 35 of Redding, entered the bank wearing a hooded sweatshirt covering his head and a face mask,” Ortega described. “Evans presented the teller a demand note for money; however, when the teller did not comply Evans fled the bank on foot.”

Penniless and sent packing by bank employees after attempting to rob Banner Bank in Redding, Brandon Evans was arrested within three minutes of the dispatched call. Redding Police Department photos

Officers almost immediately began arriving in the area after the dispatched call and within three minutes spotted Evans walking on Cypress Avenue near Pine Street, according to official radio traffic at the time and later confirmed by Ortega.

“Evans initially refused to comply with officers’ verbal commands; however, officers were able to convince him to surrender without incident,” the Corporal continued.

Bank employees then positively identified Evans as the robbery suspect, at which time he was arrested. After his arrest, Evans was booked into the Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of attempted robbery and resisting arrest.

Online jail records indicate Evans remains in custody in lieu of $100,000 bail or bond.

Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to contact the Redding Police Department at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 21R020388 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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