May 25, 2020 3:30 A.M.
On Sunday, May 24th, 2020 at approximately 9:59 P.M., Redding Police Officers responded to McDonalds, located at 1365 Churn Creek Road, on the report of an assault with a deadly weapon. Upon arrival, Officers determined that a white male subject, driving a matte black Volkswagen Jetta, had intentionally rammed the victims’ vehicle within the parking lot. One of victims, Kathryn Ebert, 57 years of Red Bluff, relayed to Officers that the white male suspect had randomly approached the victim and her husband, Bruce Ebert, age 64, and started acting in a belligerent manner while challenging Bruce Ebert to a fight. At one point during the confrontation, the white male suspect attempted to pull Bruce Ebert into the black Jetta through the passenger’s side window. As the two victims attempted to flee the parking lot in their vehicle, the driver of the Jetta inexplicably rammed the driver’s side of the Ebert’s vehicle three times before leaving the location.
At approximately 10:15 P.M., a citizen reported that the same Volkswagen Jetta had entered the parking lot of Winco, located at 1050 Old Alturas Road, before it approached a group of young adults, who were eating near Taco Bell. The driver of the Jetta tried to entice a number of these subjects into a fight for no apparent reason. The Jetta left the parking lot a short time later and Officers determined that a crime did not occur at this location. The citizen informed Officers that the driver of the Jetta was a white male adult, late 20’s to early 30’s, with a shaved head and wearing a white t-shirt and shorts. This description matched the description of the suspect who had assaulted victims Bruce and Kathryn Ebert with the Volkswagen Jetta a few minutes prior at McDonalds.
At approximately 11:11 P.M., Officer Lobsinger observed the black Volkswagen Jetta within the parking lot of 1365 Churn Creek Road, as the driver had again returned to the area of McDonalds. Redding Police Department Officers attempted to conduct a traffic enforcement stop, but the Volkswagen fled at a high rate of speed. Based on the violent nature of the crimes associated with the driver of the vehicle, Redding Police Officers pursued the Jetta as it traveled along the outskirts of northeast Redding. As the vehicle approached the intersection of Old Alturas Road and Salmon Creek Road, the driver of the Jetta, identified as Jacob Wiley, 27 years of Redding, abandoned the vehicle and attempted to flee from Officers on foot. Police K-9 “Hank” gave chase along with other Redding Police Officers who had been in pursuit of Wiley. Wiley was only able to elude the Police on foot for short distance before he was apprehended by K-9 Hank. When Officers approached Wiley, they observed Wiley repeatedly striking K-9 Hank’s face while holding three golf ball sized rocks in his hand. Wiley violently resisted arrest but was ultimately taken into custody without further incident.
After being transported to a nearby hospital for medical clearance, Redding Police Officers booked Wiley into the Shasta County Jail for an outstanding warrant, felony evading, assault with a deadly weapon, assaulting a police animal, resisting arrest, driving under the influence of alcohol, battery, violation of probation and driving on a suspended license
A picture of Jacob Wiley is attached to this press release.
Contact: Sergeant Paul Slagle #323
Redding Police Department
Reviewed: Corporal Rob Garnero #395