Oct 8, 2014 2:53 PM by News Staff
A Redding man was able to fight off a transient who was allegedly trying to rob an older man to feed his drug addiction Wednesday morning.
According to the Redding Police Department, officers found Matthew Thomas Wible, 32, of Redding, suffering from multiple stab wounds and lacerations to his head near Quartz Hill Road and Loma Street around 9:40 a.m. Wednesday.
Witnesses told police Wible had been walking through the area banging on walls to residences, throwing trash from dumpsters onto the ground, yelling that he was going to rob and stab the next person he saw because he was suffering from withdrawal symptoms and wanted heroin.
Wible then reportedly spotted 62-year-oldTeddy Mattoon across the street in Caldwell Park. Wible made his way over to the park and tried to rob him.
Allen Reynolds, 28, resides near the alley where Wible was causing the commotion, and overheard his about wanting to stab someone. Reynolds observed Wible confronting Mattoon in the park, called 911 and then decided to intervene.
Reynolds told investigators he observed Wible trying to rob Mattoon and attempted to stop him. Wible, who Reynolds said was holding a knife in one hand and a crescent wrench in the other, struck Reynolds in the head with the wrench he was holding. A physical fight ensued and Wible ended up receiving several stab wounds.
Reynolds was released, and Wible was transported to Mercy Medical Center for treatment.