Officers Taser and arrest man who attacked separate elderly victims in their Redding homes

REDDING –Officers responding to multiple reports of a man causing disturbances at several residences and attacking elderly victims Friday, afternoon, Aug. 17, had to deploy Tasers and physically subdue the violent and bizarrely acting suspect before arresting him. The violent attacks and subsequent arrest happened in the area of Olive Ave. in downtown Redding.


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Redding PD officers responded to the area shortly after 4 p.m., after SHASCOM dispatchers began receiving multiple calls from area residents and victims reporting a man breaking into homes and attacking people.

Redding PD officers arrested Matthew Bosworth after they say he attacked two elderly victims inside their homes. Redding PD photo

When officers arrived in the area they located 23-year-old, Matthew Tyler Bosworth, of Redding. Bosworth “was acting very strange,” Redding PD officials explained in a social media release after the man’s apprehension.

“When additional officers arrived on scene, Bosworth became aggressive and forced an officer to deploy his taser,” wrote officials. Bosworth was subsequently detained while officers investigated the reported disturbances.

During their investigation, officers learned Bosworth broke into an elderly man’s locked home and began choking the victim without reason or explanation. Bosworth then fled from the residence and entered an elderly woman’s home and struck her with his fists before fleeing.

Based on their investigation, officers arrested Bosworth and he was booked into Shasta County Jail on suspicion of several felonies; including burglary, elder abuse, resisting arrest with violence, and battery.

Officials have not released any known motive for the attacks.

Anyone with additional information regarding these incidents is encouraged to contact Redding PD at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 18-59111 and can remain anonymous.


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Trevor Montgomery, 47, recently moved to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and The Mountain Echo in Shasta 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. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s 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 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 14 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.


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