November 28th, 2018 at 10:30 P.M.
On November 28th, 2018, at around 4 p.m., officers assigned to the Redding Police Departments Neighborhood Police Unit were conducting patrols around the Mt. Shasta Mall in an attempt to deter thefts which are known to increase during the holiday season. While in the west parking lot near Macy’s, officers were flagged down by citizens who identified a suspicious vehicle parked in the lot with multiple subjects still inside. Officers learned the vehicle had been parked for over an hour and the occupants had already been asked to leave by Mt. Shasta Mall security but they refused to do so.
Believing the subjects were possibly involved in criminal activity, officers responded and contacted its two occupants. Those subjects were later identified as Johnny Gonzalez (42 years of Bremerton, Washington) and Jeremy Patrick Brown (45 years of Port Orchard, Washington). While officers were contacting Gonzalez and Brown, Brown admitted to being in possession of and recently using methamphetamine. Gonzalez gave officers a false name in an attempt to evade a non extraditable felony arrest warrant from the State of Washington. As officers continued to investigate the incident, both Gonzalez and Brown became confrontational and were eventually detained.
Officers continued to investigate Gonzalez and Brown regarding their suspicious behavior and them possibly being in possession of methamphetamine. A female subject associated with Gonzalez and Brown exited Macy’s and began questioning the reason for both males being detained. As officers spoke to the female, later identified as Annette Alene Hutchins (45 years of Port Orchard, Washington), they noticed she appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance and was detained alongside Gonzalez and Brown.
Based upon the information obtained during the investigation, officers searched the three subjects persons along with their vehicle. Inside the vehicle officers located 19 grams of methamphetamine, narcotic paraphernalia, illegally possessed prescription medication, and a replica firearm. Gonzalez, Brown, and Hutchins were arrested for possession of methamphetamine for sales. Gonzalez was additionally charged with obstructing a peace officer and providing false information to a peace officer. All three subjects were transported and booked into the Shasta County Jail.
The Redding Police Department would like to thank citizens for reporting the suspicious activity. Although we try our best to patrol areas known for criminal activity, having the citizens extra eyes and ears greatly assist us in apprehending criminals.
Sergeant Danny Smetak
Redding Police Department Neighborhood Police Unit