Wanted felon one of two arrested with weapons during Redding traffic stop

REDDING, Calif., — Authorities arrested a pair of felons for a variety of weapons and other charges after a traffic enforcement stop in Redding Sunday morning, July 11.

The men, who both have extensive criminal contacts, arrests and convictions in Shasta County, were found to be in possession of a loaded short-barreled Winchester 20-gauge shotgun, ammunition and bear mace – all items they are prohibited from owning or possessing as felons.

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An officer with the Redding Police Department was conducting a proactive patrol in the downtown Redding area around 8:30 a.m. when they spotted a vehicle with multiple vehicle code violations and conducted a traffic stop in the 2200 block of Pine Street, Redding Police Sergeant Maxwell later said of the incident and arrest.

When the officer contacted the occupants of the vehicle, later identified as Kevin Grey Linder, 28, and Justin Edward Maughs 26, Linder was initially uncooperative with the officer and provided a false name in an attempt to avoid dealing with several felony warrants for his arrest he was later determined to have.

Multiple additional officers soon arrived to assist the initial officer with the stop.

Two felons, including one who had three felony warrants for his arrest, were apprehended after a traffic stop uncovered a short-barreled shotgun, ammunition and bear mace. Redding Police Department photos

During the course of this investigation, officers learned Maughs, who had been driving the vehicle, had been driving on a suspended drivers license and also learned Linder had three outstanding felony warrants for his arrest.

During a subsequent search, officers discovered “multiple items of drug paraphernalia for using both methamphetamine and illicit opioids”, as well as a loaded, short-barreled, Winchester 20-gauge shotgun, ammunition for the shotgun and bear mace, according to Maxwell.

“Both Linder and Maughs have multiple felony convictions and as such are prohibited from possessing firearms, ammunition or OC type spray.

Maughs and Linder were both arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm and ammunition by a prohibited person, possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle and possession of an assault weapon.

Linder was also charged with false impersonation.

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Online jail records indicate Linder remains in custody in lieu of $65,000 bail or bond while Maughs remains in custody in lieu of $10,000 bail or bond.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Redding PD at (530)225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 21R045415 and can remain anonymous.



Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 50, 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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