On February 24, 2019 at around 1:25 PM, Officers from the Redding Police Department responded to a report of a robbery at the Dollar General on Meadow View Drive in Redding. An employee at the location called SHASCOM to report that two masked men entered the store and demanded money. The employee refused to give the suspects any money causing both to flee the area.
Citizens in the area, who were not in the store at the time the incident occurred, saw the two suspects running from the store. Even though the citizens didn’t witness the crime, they saw the suspects’ suspicious clothing and demeanor and felt something was “not right.” They followed the suspects from a safe distance and were able to direct law enforcement to one of them. He was captured by Deputies from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office on Airport Rd approximately one-quarter of a mile from the business. He was identified by employees and witnesses as being responsible for the attempted robbery and had items in his possession that linked him to the crime. He was identified as Anthony Castaneda, 22 years of Redding. Castaneda was arrested for attempted robbery and booked into the Shasta County Jail.
Officers from the Redding Police Department utilized the assistance of a police K-9 as well as a CHP helicopter but were unable to locate the second suspect. He is described as a white male adult with a medium build. When he entered the store he was wearing a two tone light and dark jacket with blue jeans and blue sneakers. During their search for the suspect, Officers found his clothing near the crime scene. The unknown suspect clearly stripped them to change his appearance. At this time, he is still outstanding but is not considered a danger to the public.
The Redding Police Department would like to thank the efforts of Redding citizens, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol and for their assistance in this case. Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to contact the Redding Police Department at (530)225-4200.
Contact: Sgt. Brian Torum #320
Redding Police Department
Approved: Cpl. Paul Slagle #323