Redding traffic stop yields unregistered firearms – Two arrested

REDDING, Calif. — Authorities say a traffic stop in Redding led to the arrest of two people, including a juvenile, after officers located three fully loaded and unregistered firearms within easy reach of both the vehicle’s occupants early Sunday morning, May 9.


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Officers conducted a traffic stop at Hartnell Ave. and Northwoods Way shortly before 3 a.m., Redding Police Corporal Wes Townsley later said of the traffic stop and arrests.

“When the officer approached the vehicle he could see the butt of a gun in a bag on the passenger floor board, between the passenger’s legs,” Townsley described; saying officers detained both the juvenile driver and adult passenger. The passenger was later identified as Jacob Xsaveour Morrow, 19, of Redding.

The firearm turned out to be an unregistered, loaded, short-barreled assault rifle, according to the Corporal.

Officers conducting a traffic stop in Redding located three fully loaded and unregistered firearms; including a short-barreled assault weapon. The discovery led to the arrest of two people, including a juvenile. RPD photo

Officers conducted a thorough search of the vehicle, at which time they located two additional unregistered and fully loaded handguns.

The three firearms were all within arm’s reach of the two occupants, Townsley explained.

Based on their findings, both Morrow and the juvenile were arrested.

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Morrow was later booked into the Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of a number of weapon’s violations including, possession of a short-barreled rifle, possession of large capacity magazines, illegal possession of an assault weapon, possession of a firearm without serial numbers, carrying a loaded firearm in public, and carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle.

The minor was also booked into Juvenile Hall.

Online jail records indicate Morrow remains in custody in lieu of $10,000 bail or bond.

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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.

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