Probation search leads to discovery of weapons and ammunition – Felon arrested

REDDING, Calif., — Authorities say a felon on probation for a firearms-related offense was arrested after a probation search at his residence and storage facility led to the discovery of multiple weapons, firearms parts, and ammunition Friday afternoon, May 20.


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At around 2:30 p.m., City of Redding police officers assigned to the department’s Neighborhood Police Unit (NPU) conducted a probation search at the home of 31-year-old Branden Pimentel, Redding Police Officer Kuyper has since reported.

Branden Pimentel, a 31-year-old on probation for a prior firearms-related offense, was arrested after a search of his residence and storage facility uncovered multiple firearms, ammunition, and drug paraphernalia yesterday afternoon. Redding PD photos

While searching Pimentel’s residence, NPU officers located multiple weapons, firearms parts, ammunition, and drug paraphernalia in his possession.

NPU officers then transported Pimentel to a storage unit located on Airport Road, where they located additional firearms and ammunition.

Based on the results of their probation search, NPU officers arrested Pimentel and he was later booked into the Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of being a convicted felon and drug addict in possession of firearms and ammunition and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also booked for violating the terms of his probation,

Online jail records indicate he remains in custody in lieu of $10,000 bail or bond.


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Anyone with further information regarding this arrest is encouraged to contact Redding PD at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 22R031082 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.

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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.