Felon caught burglarizing Redding business taken down after violently fighting K-9 Duke

REDDING, Calif., — Authorities say a felon who was caught in the process of burglarizing a Redding business was arrested after violently resisting and punching a police K-9 early this morning, Sunday, April 24. 


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Just before 3:30 a.m., City of Redding police officers responded to California Custom Trailers and Power Sports on Twin View Boulevard after receiving the report of an in-progress burglary, according to Redding Police Corporal Ferrin.

Once at the scene, Officer Jaegel used his K-9 partner, “Duke”, to search the premises. While searching the fenced yard of the business, Duke located Daniel Henry Spliethof, 53, of Redding, hiding within the fenced yard.

Daniel Spliethof was arrested after resisting and punching Redding PD’s K-9 Duke during an in-progress burglary investigation at a local business early this morning. Redding PD photos

“Spliethof resisted the officers as they attempted to arrest him and Duke was utilized to apprehend him,” explained Ferrin. “Spliethof continued to resist and punched K-9 Duke in the head, but was ultimately arrested.”

“Thankfully Duke was uninjured,” Ferrin continued.

Spliethof was later booked into the Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of burglary, resisting arrest, hitting a police service dog, possession of burglary tools, disturbing the peace, and a parole hold.

Online jail records indicate he remains in custody where he is being held without bail.

Anyone with further information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Redding PD at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 22R025096 and can remain anonymous.

Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 51, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and operates Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS). Both are stringer organizations, providing breaking news coverage and community interest stories for other mainstream media organizations throughout the two regions they serve.

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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