Redding man rams car through house he just tried to burn down

REDDING, Calif. — Authorities say a man went on a violent and destructive rampage that left a home heavily damaged when he first attempted to burn the house down before he crashed a stolen vehicle into the residence just minutes later, early Tuesday morning, April 6.

The bizarre incident, which led to a barricaded standoff at a private residence in the 3500 block of Capricorn Way, left a family and entire neighborhood shaken, and ended with the man’s arrest.


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City of Redding police officers were dispatched to the residence just before 1 a.m. after receiving a frantic 911 call from a person reporting that a violent disturbance was occurring at the home.

The caller told SHASCOM emergency dispatchers that a man, Cody Travis Bugarin, 27, of Redding, had just kicked his way into the victim’s home and thrown gasoline and other accelerants onto the kitchen stove of the residence, and attempted to burn the house to the ground, according to official radio traffic and later confirmed by Redding PD officials.

“The male subject … kicked in the door, entered, and began pouring gas inside of the residence before attempting to set it on fire,” RPD later said of the incident.

Cody Bugarin was arrested after ramming a stolen vehicle into a home that he had just attempted to set ablaze minutes earlier. Redding Police Department photo

The caller said Bugarin was known to them and that he had become enraged after being denied a ride. The caller also told dispatchers that after trying to set the home ablaze, Bugarin fled the home in a purple Honda Pilot stolen from the residence. He was last seen heading southbound from the scene on Capricorn Way.

As officers were converging on the area from across the city, one of the responding officers spotted the Honda leaving the scene and began following the vehicle while radioing for backup units.

When Bugarin spotted the officer, he immediately turned around and began recklessly racing through the residential neighborhood back toward the home he had just fled from.

Before officers could stop the man, he angled the Honda toward the front of the home, plowed through a fence, and rammed at full speed through the front of the residence, knocking a huge hole in the home before coming to rest partway inside the home’s living room.

He then fled into the home he had just attempted to burn down, where he barricaded himself and refused to exit.

Thankfully, the adults and children who reside at the residence had already evacuated the home due to the earlier attempted arson and were not inside the residence when Bugarin crashed into it.

Firefighters are seen inspecting a heavily damaged home after a man first attempted to set the house on fire before ramming a stolen vehicle into the residence. Redding Police Department photo

Officers immediately began setting up a perimeter around the home and requested additional resources to the scene, including the Department’s armored tactical rescue vehicle to assist on the ground and CHP – Northern Division Air Operations to assist from above.

Officers then began using their public address (PA) system to hail Bugarin while trying to convince him to surrender and exit the home.

Simultaneously, other officers began evacuating the surrounding homes, directing terrified, pajama-clad residents to a safe location away from the immediate scene.


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After a short standoff, Bugarin exited the home with his hands up and was quickly taken into custody without further incident.

After his arrest, Bugarin was booked into the Shasta County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats, attempted arson, burglary, felony child endangerment, felony vandalism, vehicle theft, and resisting arrest.

Online jail records indicate Bugarin remains in custody in lieu of $25,000 bail or bond.

The heavily damaged residence was left temporarily uninhabitable after the incident, displacing the home’s occupants, according to a fire official at the scene.

Anyone with further information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Redding PD at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 21R022286 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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