A hostage situation in Redding today ends with one man in custody. The incident happened just after 1pm this afternoon on Alta Mesa Drive. Redding Police responded to the area after citizens reported a man in the roadway armed with a hatchet and acting bizarre.
Officers tried to speak with the man, but were ignored. The armed male, disregarded officer's direction to stop and speak with them, and went into the rear yard of the residence. A few moments later, the suspect was seen inside the residence. Again officers tried to calm the situation and get the suspect to exit the residence and speak with them. The suspect refused. A woman, determined to be a relative of the suspect, entered the living room area where the suspect was located. The suspect grabbed the female from behind and restrained her. Officers continued to speak to the suspect from the front porch area, as other officers entered the residence and subdued the suspect. The victim was not harmed during this incident.
The suspect is identified as 28-year old Ou Choy Saechao. He was arrested for false imprisonment, kidnapping and resisting arrest. Saechao was booked at the Shasta County Jail.