Roger Moore, Chief of Police
October 5, 2018 – 11:53 AM
On October 4th, 2018 at around 12:00 PM, officers from the Redding Police Department responded to a domestic violence call in the 1600 block of Sequoia St. They learned that Matthew Walker, 21 years of Redding, assaulted his girlfriend causing injury – a felony domestic violence. Walker and the victim have a child together. Officers searched extensively for the suspect but were unable to locate him at the time.
On October 5th, 2018 at around 12:00 PM, the original domestic violence victim called to report that Walker came to her residence and took their infant child. Walker fled the area with the infant in his vehicle, unrestrained. Officers checked extensively for Walker. Officer Chad Gross was able to work with associates of Walker to track his location. Officer Gross located Walker in a parking lot at Kid’s Kingdom off of Victor Ave. Numerous officers responded to assist in apprehending Walker.
Walker was uncooperative with officers and would not comply with any of their commands. He held his infant son on his lap while sitting inside his vehicle and refused to come out. Officers surrounded the vehicle and attempted to get Walker to comply for approximately 15 minutes. For the safety of the infant and for Walker, Investigator Dimatteo, a member of the Redding Police Department’s Hostage Negotiation’s Team, was summoned to the location. Dimatteo was able to immediately establish rapport with Walker through a phone call. Dimatteo talked with Walker for approximately 20 minutes and was able to successfully negotiate Walker’s surrender.
Walker was arrested without any use of force and his infant son was unharmed due to the commendable actions of Investigator Dimatteo. Based on Walker’s actions, he was arrested for felony domestic violence, felony child endangerment and resisting arrest. He was booked into the Shasta County Jail. Walker is currently on felony probation in Shasta County for a previous assault with a deadly weapon conviction.
Contact: Corporal Torum #320
Redding Police Department
Reviewed: Corporal Schmidt # 311