Early morning Anderson bike patrol leads to two arrests, including wanted felon

ANDERSON, Calif. — Two men, including a wanted felon with five active warrants for his arrest and a CDC parolee, were arrested by Anderson police officers conducting early morning bicycle patrols Monday, June 21.

“Throughout the summer, members of the Anderson Police Department’s Bike Team that are assigned to the graveyard patrol shift will continue to be out conducting patrols on their bikes, as calls for service allow,” officials said after the arrests.

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At around 3:40 a.m., a Bike Team officer was conducting patrol of the industrial area of Ox Yoke Road when he spotted two vehicles parked beside a closed convenience store, according to APD officials.

Clinton Benfer, of Cottonwood, was one of two men arrested by officers conducting early-morning bike patrol in Anderson yesterday morning. Anderson Police Department photo

Because the officer immediately recognized one of the men, Clinton Benfer, 37, of Cottonwood, from prior contacts and knew he was on CDCR parole out of Shasta County, and additional marked patrol units responded to the scene to assist with contacting the two subjects.

Although Benfer attempted to provide officers with a false name, they knew his true identity from prior contacts and knew he was lying to them. A subsequent records check revealed Benfer’s true identity and that he had five outstanding warrants for his arrest.

The second subject, whose name was not released, was also confirmed to be on active CDCR parole. A search of his vehicle revealed multiple pieces of drug paraphernalia; including several methamphetamine pipes, syringes, and a digital scale.

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Based on their investigation, officers arrested both men and the pair was later booked into the Shasta County Jail in Redding on their warrants and other drug-related charges. 

The APD Bike Team members will continue their two wheel patrol of the City’s neighborhoods and business districts throughout the summer in an attempt to detect and deter crime, said officials.



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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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