Naked & knife-wielding man arrested – again – after burglarizing same Redding business twice in three weeks

REDDING, Calif., — Authorities say a “disrobed” and knife-wielding man who was caught in the bathroom of a Redding insurance office was taken into custody after resisting arrest early this morning, Saturday, Feb. 19.

Officials say the alleged suspect, who had to be pepper-sprayed during this morning’s apprehension, was arrested late last month on Jan. 30 after breaking into the same business.


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City of Redding police officers were dispatched to the Athens Avenue insurance business at 2:09 a.m. after receiving reports of a burglary alarm, Redding Police Corporal Ferrin reported after this morning’s arrest.

When officers arrived, they found a freshly broken window and made entry into the business to search for intruders.

Officials say Nicholas Minks was arrested early this morning after he was caught using the bathroom of a Redding insurance office he had broken into. Officials also say Minks was arrested late last month after breaking into the same business. Redding PD photo

While searching the location, officers located Nicholas Tyler Minks, 33, of Redding, inside the business’s bathroom, according to Ferrin, who said, “Minks was disrobed, sitting on a toilet, and holding a knife when contacted by officers.”

Minks refused to be taken into custody and officers were ultimately forced to use pepper spray to overcome his violent resistance, the corporal explained.

After being treated at the scene for pepper spray exposure, Minks was booked into the Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of burglary and resisting, obstructing, or delaying an officer.

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Online jail records indicate he was released on his own recognizance within hours of being booked, with the cause for his release listed as jail overcrowding.

Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact the Redding Police Department at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 22R010919 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.