REDDING: Woman on bike stabbed multiple times behind City Hall

REDDING — A Redding area transient was arrested after she allegedly stabbed another homeless woman multiple times after an argument between the two led to the violent incident. The early morning stabbing happened along the canal to the east of Redding City Hall, Monday, Sept. 18.

After an investigation Redding police officers arrested 27-year-old, Sarah Emily Duran. She was booked into Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, Redding Police Sgt. Shawn McGinnis explained in a written press release after the incident.

The investigation began just after 4 a.m., when the victim, later identified as 29-year-old, Michelle Annette Pruitt, flagged down a Redding police officer and advised she had just been attacked and stabbed.

Officers requested an ambulance to treat the victim “for multiple stab wounds,” to her left arm and the back of her head. “Pruitt was transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center Emergency Room for further treatment and evaluation,” said McGinnis, who explained the victim’s injuries were not life threatening.

Pruitt described Duran and her clothing and another officer responding to the scene to assist quickly located her behind Redding City Hall where the attack had happened. She was arrested without incident.

During their investigation, officers learned Pruitt was riding her bicycle along the canal when she and Duran “exchanged hostile words prior to the stabbing,” McGinnis explained, saying it was “unclear why the incident escalated to violence, or even what the argument was about.”

“Alcohol influence is a likely factor,” said McGinnis.

Anyone with additional information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Redding Police Department (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 17-68875 and can remain anonymous.


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Trevor Montgomery, who recently moved from Riverside County to Shasta County, runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, The Valley Chronicle and Anza Valley Outlook as well as 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, breaking his back and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries 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 27 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 14 grandchildren.

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