March 14th, 2019 at 1:30 PM
During the past couple months, the Redding Police Department Neighborhood Police Unit (NPU) and the Shasta Inter-agency Narcotic Task Force (SINTF) received dozens of complaints from residents regarding ongoing problems in the Henderson Road neighborhood. Residents reported narcotic transactions, thefts, vandalism’s, and assaults occurring at all hours of the day and night. The incidents occurred with such regularity it began dramatically impacting the neighborhoods quality of life. Because of the consistent problems, the residents came together and started a Neighborhood Watch group with the goal of communicating with each other and law enforcement to help curb the criminal activity.
Based upon the ongoing problems, an investigation was initiated by NPU and SINTF. We worked with the Henderson Road Neighborhood Watch group and identified a residence that appeared to be attracting a majority of the criminal activity. The suspected problem residence was found to be in the 2800 block of Henderson Drive and maintained by two brothers, David Lawrence Fruits (52 years of age) and John Patrick Fruits (54 years of age). The investigating officers were very familiar with David Fruits and John Fruits as they’ve had multiple prior contacts with them. David Fruits has 19 prior arrests and is currently on probation through the Shasta County Probation Department for possession of drug paraphernalia. John Fruits has 39 prior arrests and is on active parole through the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for elder abuse.
Believing the Fruit’s residence was responsible for a significant amount of the problems in the neighborhood, NPU and SINTF responded to their home on March 13th, 2019, at 9 AM and executed a probation search. Upon arriving at the location, officers located John Fruits asleep in the living room with a methamphetamine pipe near his feet. David Fruits was located in a bedroom and initially refused to comply with officers commands. David Fruits was eventually taken into custody and additional drug paraphernalia was located in his possession.
Once the residence was secured, officers began checking the surrounding yard where they located numerous disabled vehicles and outbuildings with subjects living inside. A total of eight other individuals were located living on the property, two of which were found to have active arrest warrants. Ronald Bruce Brooks (62 years of age) had a warrant from Modoc County for violation of probation and being under the influence of a controlled substance. Victoria Miller (52 years of age) was found to have a warrant for illegal camping.
At the conclusion of the investigation, officers arrested three subjects from the property. David Fruits was arrested for violation of probation, obstructing or delaying a peace officer, and possession of drug paraphernalia. John Fruits was arrested for violation of parole and possession of drug paraphernalia, and Ronald Brooks was arrested on his outstanding warrant. All three subjects were transported to the Shasta County Jail where they were booked without incident. Although Victoria Miller had a warrant, she was not arrested but rather issued a citation and released from the scene.
Due to the condition of the property, along with people living in multiple vehicles and outbuildings, NPU will work with City of Redding Code Enforcement to identify violations and will address them with the owners. NPU and SINTF would like to thank the citizens of Henderson Road Neighborhood Watch group for their assistance and we hope this investigation will help improve the quality of life in the neighborhood.
Sergeant Danny Smetak
Redding Police Department Neighborhood Police Unit
David Lawrence Fruits
John Patrick Fruits
Ronald Bruce Brooks