REDDING: Couple arrested after man ditches girlfriend, flees from stolen car
REDDING — A man and woman were arrested after they were spotted in a stolen vehicle Wednesday, July 26. One of the suspects fled from the vehicle on foot and was later tracked down and apprehended with assistance from a CHP Aviation Unit and Redding PD K-9.
Redding Police Officer Wes Townsley was on patrol in the area of Oasis Road and Vigil Court at 4:42 p.m., when he observed a vehicle that had been reported stolen by the registered owner.
When Townsley attempted to contact the occupants of the car, the driver, who was later identified as Victorio Tort Rhoades, 47, of Redding, fled on foot.
He managed to temporarily elude capture and was last seen running towards a neighboring yard. The passenger, Alythea Martin, 29, of Redding was detained at the vehicle.
Officer Josh Tracy and his K-9 partner Njord, CHP – Northern Division Air Operations and other Redding police officers responded to the area to assist in searching for Rhoades.
Members of the CHP aviation crew located Rhoades attempting to hide on the roof of a nearby residence.
He ultimately surrendered without incident, according to Redding PD officials.
Officers arrested Rhoades, who is on parole for terrorist threats, for possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting/delaying a police officer and violation of parole.
Martin was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of heroin and possession of narcotics paraphernalia.
Both were booked at Shasta County Jail.
Rhoades remains in custody and is being held without bail. No information was available regarding Martin’s arrest.
Anyone with information about this incident or arrest is encouraged to contact Redding PD officials at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 17-53476 and can remain anonymous.
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Trevor Montgomery runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News and Anza Valley Outlook and also writes for Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County.
Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg and breaking his back in an off-duty accident.
During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with other locations.
Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.
Trevor has been married for more than 26 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 12 – soon to be 13 – grandchildren.
s a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 12 – soon to be 13 – grandchildren.