Burglar who attacked Redding family with wrench arrested after dangerous pursuit

REDDING, Calif. — Authorities say a man was arrested after allegedly breaking into a Redding home and attacking a terrified family with a large metal wrench earlier this morning, Friday, April 16.

The violent incident happened at a private residence in the 19000 block of Hollow Lane, northwest of Collyer Drive and Ridgewood Road, according to officials.


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Officers with the Redding Police Department were dispatched to the residential neighborhood shortly after 5 a.m. after receiving the report of a residential burglary in progress, Redding Police Corporal Maxwell has since said of the incident and arrest.

Jeremy Brooks, of Chico, was arrested after allegedly beating a Redding home owner with a metal wrench during a residential burglary before leading officers on a lengthy pursuit that ended in Shasta Lake City early this morning. Redding PD photo

The 911 caller, a woman who was hiding inside a bathroom protecting her young daughter, told SHASCOM emergency dispatchers that a man had broken through a sliding glass door and was assaulting a male resident of the home with a large metal wrench.

After a lengthy struggle the suspect, later identified as Jeremy Raymond Brooks, 45, of Chico, fled the area in a maroon 2004 Ford truck.

“Officers began an extensive area check and located the vehicle in the area of Old Oregon Trail at Oasis Road,” Maxwell explained. “Officers attempted to stop the truck, however Brooks fled.”

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Despite the officer’s lights and sirens Brooks led officers on a lengthy vehicle pursuit that ended when officers were able to safely take him into custody off Fawndale Road in Shasta Lake City, according to Maxwell.

After his arrest, Brooks was booked into the Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of residential burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, felony evading, felony evading wrong way driver, and possession of metal knuckles.

Online jail records indicate Brooks remains in custody, where he 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 (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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