Campers robbed, forced to pick up trash at gunpoint

Aug 10, 2015 1:35 PM by News Staff

Two Shasta Lake men have been arrested after sheriff’s deputies say they held three campers at gunpoint while they photographed and robbed them, then made them pick up trash.

According to the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Robert Guthrie, 30, and Daniel Villareal, 29, woke the three campers, one of whom was a child, at a campsite near North Boulevard in the City of Shasta Lake.

The victims told deputies they were sleeping in a tent on August 6 when a black Jeep pulled up. Two men got out, and held them at gunpoint.

The gunman ordered the three victims to stand in a line and photographed each of them and then ordered the trio to pick up trash that did not belong to them. During the incident the gunman and his accomplice stole a hunting bow and camping equipment.

Based on the description of one the robbers, an investigating deputy believed the victims were describing Guthrie. The campers then pointed out Guthrie when presented with a photo lineup.

Guthrie was arrested at his home on Ashby Road in the City of Shasta Lake, and the black Jeep was found parked outside a home on Altus Street.

Investigators were able to connect the Jeep with Villarreal who was then arrested when the stolen property, and a gun matching the one used in the robbery was found in his house.

Both men were booked into the Shasta County Jail on suspicion of robbery, and conspiracy. Bail has been set at $500,000.

(Photos from left to right: Guthrie, Villarreal)


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