Redding attempted murder suspect cites jealousy & fentanyl struggles after stabbing ex’s new beau

REDDING, Calif., — Authorities this morning say a stabbing incident that occurred in east Redding overnight led to the swift arrest of a man who reportedly confessed to the stabbing early Thursday morning, April 28.

Although stabbed twice, the victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the violent encounter, which happened in the 2000 block of Hilltop Drive, between Industrial and Presidio streets.


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City of Redding police officers were dispatched to the area around 4:30 a.m. after a stabbing victim called 911 and reported the incident from the Quality Inn where he had sought help, Redding Police Detective Sergeant Rob Garnero has since reported.

When officers arrived, the victim reported that Steven Edward Dye, 29, of Redding, confronted him while he was walking along Hilltop Drive with Dye’s ex-girlfriend, according to Garnero.

Redding PD Officer McGinnis is seen interviewing Steven Dye after allegedly stabbing his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend twice this morning. Dye reportedly told McGinnis the incident stemmed from jealousy and was exacerbated by his ongoing struggle with fentanyl addiction. Redding PD photo

“The confrontation escalated and turned physical, resulting in Dye stabbing the victim two times,” explained Garnero. “The victim, who will remain confidential, was treated on scene for non-life-threatening injuries.”

During their subsequent investigation, officers located and apprehended Dye at a business near Hilltop Drive and Cypress Avenue, approximately one-half mile from where the stabbing had occurred.

Garnero went on to say that Officer McGinnis, who is spending his last week on patrol before being reassigned to the Detective Division on May 1st, interviewed Dye who confessed to the stabbing, telling the officer that the incident “was an emotional response out of jealousy of the victim being with his ex-girlfriend, compounded by his struggles with fentanyl abuse.”

Based on Dye’s admission and their investigative findings, officers arrested Dye and he was later booked into the Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of attempted murder. He was also booked on charges related to a domestic violence incident involving his ex-girlfriend earlier the same morning.

Online jail records indicate Dye remains in custody in lieu of $500,000 bail or bond.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the Redding Police Department at 530-225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 22R025970 and can remain anonymous.

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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.