Search continuing for man accused of robbing Standish gas station

UPDATED: Monday, May 9, 10:39 a.m., With newly released information and video footage from Lassen County Sheriff’s Office

Originally Published: Sunday, March 27, 4:42 p.m.

STANDISH, Calif., — Authorities who are continuing to ask for the public’s help in identifying and locating an alleged gas station and convenience store armed robbery suspect recently released video footage that showed the handgun-wielding man robbing the Standish business.

The armed robbery, which happened at the Wayside Shell, located along Hwy 395 at the intersection of Milford Street / Standish Buntingville Road, occurred last March.


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On Thursday, March 24, just after 10 p.m., Lassen County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Wayside Shell Gas Station after receiving reports of an armed robbery that had just occurred, Lassen County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Dave Woginrich reported two days after the robbery. 

When deputies arrived, they contacted two employees who stated the subject had left the business just minutes prior to their arrival at the scene and described how the man held them both at gunpoint while demanding they open the cash register.

Lassen County Sheriff’s officials are continuing to ask for the public’s help identifying a handgun-wielding man who robbed the Wayside Shell along Hwy 395 in Standish. Lassen County Sheriff’s Office photos

The subject stole several hundred dollars from the register and fled according to the Lieutenant, who said that although deputies searched the building and the surrounding areas, they were unable to locate the man.

Employees described the handgun-wielding man as an unknown race male, standing over six feet tall and wearing all black with a gray face mask. Video footage showed his black hoodie had a Puma brand logo on the left side and he was also wearing black shoes with white stripes above the soles.

Deputies retrieved the video footage from the store’s surveillance cameras and were able to capture still photographs of the subject and sheriff’s officials have since shared both the video as well as still images of the armed robbery.

The employees were uninjured during the ordeal, according to officials.

Anyone who recognizes this subject, or who may have any information regarding this incident and ongoing investigation, is urged to contact the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 257-6121.

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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.