Redding traffic stop yields stolen Corvette, firearms, drugs – Two arrested

REDDING, Calif. — Authorities say a Redding traffic stop led to the recovery of a stolen vehicle, as well as seizure of methamphetamine, marijuana, and two loaded firearms, including one with its serial number removed late Saturday evening, May 29th. The late-night traffic stop also led to the arrest of two people.


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City of Redding police officers were conducting routine patrol at around 11:45 p.m. when they observed a dark blue 2016 Chevy Corvette pull into the parking lot of the Capri Motel, Redding Police Sergeant Chris Mills has since said of the arrests.

Officers who checked the vehicle’s license plate learned the Corvette had been reported as stolen from the Reno, NV area and contacted and detained the two occupants of the vehicle, since identified as Jonte Michael Douglas Endicott, 27, of Redding, and Rosalinda Romona Velasquez, 31, of Auburn.

Jonte Endicott, 27, of Redding, and Rosalinda Velasquez, 31, of Auburn, were arrested after they were found driving a stolen Corvette. Redding Police Department photos

When officers conducted a subsequent search of the stolen Corvette they discovered a loaded firearm in the car’s glove box. The handgun’s serial number had been removed. Officers also located a second firearm and seized suspected methamphetamine as well as marijuana inside the vehicle.

Endicott was found to be a felon on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) for theft-related offenses, and he had three outstanding warrants for his arrest, according to Mills; who said that although Velasquez initially lied about her name, she was eventually identified by a photograph.

After their arrests, Endicott was booked into Shasta County Jail on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle, and drug and weapon-related violations, according to Mills; who said Velasquez was booked into on suspicion of charges related to drug and weapon violations.

Officers say last night’s traffic stop led to the discovery of two handguns, including one with its serial number removed, along with methamphetamine and marijuana. Redding Police Department photo

Online jail records indicate both Endicott and Velasquez remain in custody, where they are being held without bail.

Anyone with information related to these arrests is encouraged to contct Redding PD at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 21R035817 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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