On the run 14 years, WA child rapist nabbed in Redding

REDDING — A recent child endangerment investigation at a Redding home led officers to identifying one of the alleged suspects as a man who was wanted in the State of Washington for the alleged 2005 rape of a child and child molestation. 

After conducting a surveillance operation at the residence, located on the 2900 block of Polk St., Shasta Interagency Narcotics Task Force (SINTF) agents and Redding PD Neighborhood Police Unit (NPU) officers spotted the alleged suspect and arrested him without incident.

The man, 35-year-old, David Richard Capelli III, has since been booked into Shasta County Jail in Redding and is now awaiting extradition back to Washington to face his 14 year old charges.


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On Aug. 7, a SINTF Agent and City of Redding police officers were called upon to assist Child and Family Services in conducting a welfare check of two juveniles residing at the Polk St. residence, Redding PD Neighborhood Police Unit Sgt. Danny Smetak reported after Capelli’s apprehension.

During their investigation officials discovered that “ongoing methamphetamine and heroin use” was happening inside the home, “in the presence of the children,” Smetak explained. As a result, the children were taken into protective custody.

35-year-old, David Richard Capelli III, was arrested in Redding last night after SINTF agents and Redding PD NPU officers determined the man was wanted out of Washington for the rape and molestation of a child. He had been on the run for 14 years, according to officials. RPD photo

As their investigation continued, officials identified Capelli as an occupant of the residence and a suspect related to the child endangerment investigation.

“A further look into his criminal history revealed a non-extraditable felony warrant from the State of Washington for the rape of a child in the third degree and child molestation in the third degree,” said Smetak. “This warrant was issued in 2005 and Capelli has been evading arrest since.”

Based on the information and leads developed during their child endangerment investigation, the SINTF agent worked with representatives from the Skagit County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office as well as Skagit County Sheriff’s Office out of Washington to obtain a motion and order to extend Capelli’s extradition warrant nationwide. 

After obtaining the order, SINTF agents teamed up with NPU officers and conducted a night-time surveillance operation to locate and arrest Capelli. 

Capelli was ultimately apprehended without incident, according to Smetak.


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After his arrest, Capelli was booked into jail, where he remains pending extradition back to Washington.

Last night’s arrest was the second time in as many weeks that a wanted child molester with multiple warrants was captured by Redding NPU officers.

The earlier, July 27 arrest of Harold Marquette, 51, happened during a parole and probation compliance check at Redding’s Bridgeway Inn on the 2700 block of Bechelli Ln.

Anyone with information related to this investigation or Capelli’s alleged criminal activities is encouraged to immediately contact Redding PD at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 19SH00129 and can remain anonymous.

Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 47, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he currently writes for or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, the (now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and 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 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.


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