Robbed of casino winnings, elderly Redding woman hospitalized – Two arrested after Red Bluff standoff
REDDING, Calif. — Authorities say the armed robbery of an elderly woman’s winnings from the Win-River Casino late Thursday night, April 28, ultimately led to the arrest of an Oroville pair after a brief standoff at a Red Bluff apartment complex the following evening. The victim was hospitalized with a laceration to her arm after being dragged from her car by a handgun-wielding man during the violent incident.
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Deputies from the Shasta County Sheriff’s South County and City of Shasta Lake Patrol Stations were dispatched to an Alee Lane residence in Redding at 11:25 p.m. after receiving reports of an armed robbery that had just occurred, Shasta County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit Sergeant Kyle Wallace has since said of the incident and arrests.
When deputies arrived, they located a 74-year-old victim suffering from a laceration to her arm, according to Wallace; who said the victim’s name will not released due to the nature of the investigation.
The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment and later released, according to the Sergeant.
Officials say an Oroville pair, Timothy Wilt and Allissa Ruby Long, was arrested after surveillance footage showed them stalking and then following home an elderly Redding woman before robbing her of her casino winnings late Thursday night. Shasta County Sheriff’s Office photos
During their subsequent investigation, deputies learned the victim had just returned home after winning an undisclosed amount of money at Win-River Casino.
After the victim opened her door and before she could exit her vehicle, she was suddenly approached by an unknown male suspect who was armed with a handgun.
“The suspect told the victim to give him the money or he would shoot her,” explained Wallace.
At that time a struggle ensued between the victim, who was still holding her purse, and the handgun-wielding man.
“The victim was dragged out of her vehicle before she lost control of the purse and the suspect fled the scene in a waiting vehicle,” said Wallace.
Detectives from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit who took over the investigation soon obtained casino surveillance footage of the male suspect, 33-year-old, Timothy Jason Wilt, and an associated female, 24-year-old, Allissa Ruby Long, both from Oroville.
The footage showed the pair following the victim within the casino and then out of the casino when the woman walked to her car. The footage also showed the pair follow the victim as she drove away from the casino property.
“Further witness statements and surveillance showed Wilt’s vehicle following the victim to the residence on Alee Lane,” explained Wallace.
Once Wilt and Long were identified, detectives began searching for the pair and learned they may have been in an apartment complex at 820 Kimball Road in Red Bluff, south of Redding.
Red Bluff Police Department was then requested to check the location, at which time an officer spotted the suspect’s vehicle parked at the location. Police soon confirmed Wilt and Long were in one of the apartments; however the pair initially refused officers’ orders to exit the apartment.
At around 8:20 p.m., Red Bluff PD put out a release on social media advising area residents they were dealing with a possibly armed suspect and requested citizens to shelter in place inside their residences.
“We are currently trying to negotiate with the suspect however we area asking those in the area of the apartment complex and surrounding area shelter in place for now,” RBPD explained in their initial release.
At 8:51 p.m. RBPD updated that they had detained the suspects without incident and advised officers would be remaining in the area for further investigation.
After Long and Wilt were detained, Shasta County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit detectives responded to Red Bluff to assist with searching the apartment the couple had come out of. During that search, detectives located evidence corroborating what was viewed in the surveillance footage, according to Wallace.
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Based on their investigation, detectives arrested Wilt and Long before transporting both back to Shasta County where they were booked into jail on suspicion of armed-robbery, making criminal threats, criminal conspiracy, and elder abuse with great bodily injury.
Online jail records indicate both remain in custody, with Wilt being held without bail due to a probation warrant and Long being held in lieu of $50,000 bail or bond.
The Sheriff’s investigation is ongoing and anyone with further information regarding the case is encouraged to contact the Shasta County Major Crimes Unit at (530) 245-6135 or by email. Callers can refer to incident file number 21S013930 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.