The Tehama County Sheriff’s Department is actively investigating the attempted abduction of a 30-year-old woman, and is seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspected predators and their vehicle.
On Monday, May 20, at roughly 1:30 p.m. Tehama County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Saint Elizabeth Community Hospital in response to a woman who was reportedly attacked by the suspected assailants. The woman reported to deputies that earlier Monday she had been in the area of Rawson Road near Finnell Road when she was contacted by two adult males in a white pick-up truck. The woman stated she could not describe the driver, but identified the passenger as tall, lanky, with “short greasy fro” type hair, bright blue eyes, pock marked face, missing top right front tooth and the rest of his teeth were brown and chipped. The woman told deputies his breath smelled heavy of cigarettes and was wearing a torn muscle type t-shirt and faded blue jeans.
According to the Sheriff’s press release, the passenger attempted to pull the woman into their truck. The woman struggled with the passenger, kicking the subject in the groin. The truck and the male occupants left the area. The woman did not have significant injuries and was treated and released from the hospital.
On Sunday around 4:30 p.m., a citizen reported a “suspicious circumstance” on Rawson Road near Cody Drive in central Tehama County. According to the Sheriff’s press release, the citizen reported seeing a white, possibly Chevrolet pick-up with pipe racks occupied by two males parked on the edge of Rawson Road. The citizen also indicated to authorities there was a female in the vehicle who was screaming and appeared to be trying to get out of the vehicle. The vehicle then left the area with the occupants, to include the female, prior to the deputies’ arrival. When deputies arrived at the scene they conducted an extensive search of the area to locate the vehicle or its occupants. The Sheriff's department has not received any missing person reports at this time.
Later on Sunday, another citizen observed a white “older” single cab Ford pick-up with a black “fifth-wheel” type tailgate in the Woodland Hills neighborhood off McCoy Road in northern Tehama County. The citizen made contact with the occupants of the truck who were described as two white adults. One of the adults was described to deputies as having a goatee and missing one of his front teeth. The described individual was also reportedly seen twirling a set of handcuffs in his hand. The citizen then contacted the Sheriff’s department to report the suspicious individuals. The deputies responded to that scene and conducted another search to no avail.
Sheriff Deputies believe based on the totality of the three incidents, the similarities are present and it is suspected the three incidents in the area are the same individuals driving the same vehicle.
Anyone with information concerning the listed incidents are asked to contact Deputy Benson at the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 529-7920.