Man arrested after starting fire that damaged Redding Denny’s

REDDING, Calif., — Authorities say a homeless man was arrested after starting a fire that damaged a Redding Denny’s early Tuesday morning, Feb. 15.

The suspected arson fire caused significant damage to an electrical box outside the restaurant, as well as minor damage to the restaurant’s exterior, according to officials.


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City of Redding police and fire personnel were dispatched to the Denny’s, located at 2608 Hilltop Drive, after receiving reports of a structure fire, Redding Fire Department later said of the incident and arrest.

Redding fire and police officials arrested 31-year-old Jarrod Stuart Windle after he reportedly started a fire outside a Denny’s restaurant that damaged the exterior of the building early this morning. Redding Fire Department photos

When firefighters began arriving at the scene, they reported finding an exterior fire that had already been mostly extinguished by Denny’s employees.

Fire Investigators who subsequently responded to the scene found “obvious signs of someone camping next to the building” and received a description of a person who was seen in the “makeshift camp” around the time the fire was first reported.

While searching the area for the subject, officials located a person matching the man’s description hiding behind a nearby Del Taco.

After detaining and interviewing the man, since identified as 31-year-old Jarrod Stuart Windle, officials determined he was responsible for starting the fire and arrested him.

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He was later booked into the Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of recklessly causing a fire to a structure, and online jail records indicate he remains in custody in lieu of $10,000 bail or bond.

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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.