Arcata man who attempted to injure Anderson officer with fifteen-pound metal pipe arrested

ANDERSON, Calif., — Authorities say a man who was allegedly seen throwing rocks and other objects at passing vehicles and later threw a large metal pipe at a responding officer was taken into custody Tuesday morning, May 24.

No citizens or officers were injured as a result of the violent encounter, which began in the area of Highway 273 and Alexander Avenue, according to officials.


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City of Anderson police officers were dispatched to the area around 11:10 a.m. after receiving reports of a man walking in and out of traffic and throwing rocks at passing vehicles, Anderson PD later reported via social media.

When the first officer arrived on scene, they located a man walking in the area who matched the description provided by witnesses and 911 callers.

Upon seeing the approaching officer, the man, later identified as Brandon Charles Johnson, 43, of Arcata, began walking away from the officer down the adjacent railroad tracks.

As he continued to refuse to obey the officer’s commands, the man then threw an approximately fifteen-pound metal pipe at the officer, narrowly missing striking him with the heavy metal object.

Due to the man’s violent and confrontational behavior, additional resources were requested, at which time several other Anderson officers converged on the scene and assisted with taking Johnson into custody without further incident.

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Johnson was later booked into the Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a peace officer, resisting / delaying a peace officer, trespassing on railroad property, and vandalism.

Online jail records indicate he remains in custody in lieu of $25,000 bail or bond.

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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.