Suspicious activity outside Win-River Casino leads to pair’s arrest – Drugs & firearm seized

REDDING, Calif., — Authorities say reports of suspicious activity outside the Win-River Casino and Resort that was called in by on-site security personnel led to the arrest of two men early Tuesday morning, April 26. Methamphetamine, paraphernalia, and a handgun were seized as a result of the investigation, according to officials.


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Shasta County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the casino’s parking lot around 2:45 a.m., after Win-River security staff contacted SHASCOM to report two men in a white Toyota Avalon who were acting suspicious, according to Shasta County Sheriff’s Sergeant Trever Gusaas.

Security officers advised responding deputies that one of their members had observed one of the men retrieve a handgun out of a lockbox in the trunk of a vehicle and load it, then pull out a bag with a white substance inside. The second man was then seen retrieving a black trash bag from the vehicle and concealing it behind a tree.

Keith Stumbaugh (L) and Shawn Roberson (R) were arrested after a Win-River security guard called in the report of suspicious activity occurring in the casino’s parking lot early Tuesday morning. Shasta County Sheriff’s Office photos

Responding deputies located the parked vehicle with two men inside, who were identified as Keith James Stumbaugh 42, of Shasta Lake City, and Shawn Destin Lee Roberson, 24, according to Gusaas, who said both were both detained without incident.

During a subsequent search, deputies discovered a methamphetamine smoking pipe concealed in Roberson’s pant leg and also located a black plastic bag hidden behind a tree directly in front of the vehicle that contained a glass pipe commonly used for smoking methamphetamine.

K9 “Fritz,” was then used to conduct an exterior sniff of the vehicle, at which time the police service dog alerted to the presence of narcotics within the vehicle.

A subsequent search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a loaded 9mm Bersa semi-automatic handgun inside of the lockbox described by Win-River security staff.

A records check was conducted and both males were determined to be prohibited from possessing firearms, according to Gusaas, who said deputies arrested both men.

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Stumbaugh was booked into the Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of narcotics while armed.

Roberson was booked on suspicion of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, possession of narcotics while armed, and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia. 

While being booked into jail, deputies located additional methamphetamine concealed on Roberson’s person, according to Gusaas.

Both men’s bails were set at $25,000 and online jail records indicate both have since been released on bond and are no longer in custody.

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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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