Raped and strangled, juvenile victim survives – Redding man arrested

REDDING, Calif., — Authorities say a man who allegedly strangled and raped an underage female in Redding was arrested Wednesday, Nov. 10. The young victim survived the harrowing attack and later reported the violent encounter to law enforcement officials. The suspect, Joseph Paul Hornbeck, 20, of Redding, remains in custody.

Information obtained during Redding PD’s investigation revealed there may be additional victims and officials have asked that anyone who may have been similarly victimized by the alleged rapist to contact Redding PD investigators or the Shasta County DA’s Office.


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Shasta County District Attorney Investigator Kristy Burns began investigating this case after she was assigned to the Redding Police Department Detective Division earlier this year, Redding Police Sergeant Rob Garnero has since reported.

Her assignment is collaborative effort between both agencies to enhance teamwork and provide better service to the public and she works within the Detective Division assisting with a multitude of cases.

Joseph Paul Hornbeck, 20, of Redding has been accused of raping and strangling an underage female earlier this year. He was arrested yesterday morning on a felony warrant and remains in custody. Redding PD photo

As part of their ongoing investigation into this case, at around 10 a.m. yesterday members of Redding Police Department’s Detective Division teamed up with the Shasta County District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigations to serve a felony warrant for Hornbeck’s arrest, said Garnero.

“The warrant was issued as a result of an ongoing investigation after a reported strangulation and rape of an underage female,” the Sergeant explained; adding that the girl’s identity would not be released due to confidentiality laws regarding her age and victim status.

After his arrest, Hornbeck was booked into the Shasta County Jail on suspicion of rape with force, assault likely to create great bodily injury and sexual penetration with threat of retaliation.

Online jail records indicate he remains in custody in lieu of $100,000 bail or bond.

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation or who was possibly victimized by Hornbeck is encouraged to contact the Redding Police Department at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 20R054634 and can remain anonymous.

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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.