Arrested more than 20 times this year, woman arrested again after violent Redding incident

REDDING, Calif. — A woman on felony probation for weapons violations, who has generated more than forty law enforcement calls for service resulting in more than twenty arrests this year alone, was arrested again on multiple felony charges after a violent incident at the Redding Area Bus Authority (RABA) maintenance facility Saturday morning, June 19.

The woman, since identified as Savannah Kay Challe, 23, of Redding, was arrested just a week ago on a variety of charges and warrants that included indecent exposure, multiple counts of trespassing and failure to leave a property when ordered to do so, vandalism, resisting or obstructing a law enforcement officer during a state of emergency, multiple counts of disorderly conduct while under the influence of drugs, and violation of probation. She was released on those charges without having to post bail or bond.

Another recent case involving the habitual offender included an incident in early May when she climbed on top of a marked Redding PD patrol vehicle before repeatedly jumping up and down on top of the car, causing significant damage to the patrol vehicle’s roof.


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City of Redding Police officers were dispatched to the RABA facility in the 3300 block of South Market Street around 11 a.m. after receiving reports of a woman trespassing at the location, Redding Police Sergeant Maxwell has since said of the incident and arrest.

911 callers reported the woman, since identified as Challe, had broken into a parked bus and was refusing to leave the facility, Maxwell explained; adding that as officers were responding to the scene they received updated information that the violent and uncooperative woman had “armed herself with a knife and was threatening staff members.”

With more than twenty arrests stemming from more than forty calls for law enforcement service this year alone, Savannah Challe, 23, was arrested again after a violent incident in Redding yesterday morning. RPD photo

When officers arrived at the scene, they contacted Challe inside one of the parked busses.

Although Challe “was yelling and uncooperative”, officers were able to negotiate with her and calm her down, before safely taking her into custody without further incident, according to Maxwell. After she was detained officers discovered she was in possession of a knife that she had attempted to conceal.

Based on their investigation, officers arrested Challe and she was booked into the Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of making criminal threats, brandishing a deadly weapon, elder abuse, trespassing and violation of probation.

Online jail records indicate she remains in custody, where she is being held without bail.


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Anyone with information about Challe’s ongoing criminal behavior is encouraged to contact Redding PD at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 21R040657 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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