Redding Police make arrest in road rage case

May 16, 2014 3:19 PM

A Redding man turned himself into police today after fingerprints linked him to a road rage case from last month.

An investigation began last month after a road rage incident left a woman in critical condition. Police say the incident happened on Tuesday April 1 around 1:15 p.m. at the intersection of the northbound Interstate 5 off-ramp at Cypress Avenue when a man threw an item at the victim’s vehicle.

The driver then aggressively tailgated the victim’s vehicle westbound on Cypress Ave.

At some point between Bechelli Lane and Hemsted Drive, the man threw a travel style coffee mug through the open passenger window of the victim’s vehicle. The mug struck the victim, Joann Lambrecht-Vester, 66, in the face, causing significant injuries.

During the investigation, the coffee mug was recovered and given to the California Department of Justice lab for analysis.

Teddy Dean Robertson, 23, of Redding, was identified by anonymous tipsters as the person responsible for throwing the coffee mug at the victim and fingerprints lifted from the coffee cup matched Robertson’s.

A warrant was issued for his arrest yesterday and he turned himself into Shasta County Jail this morning.

Robertson has been charged with felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon, battery with serious bodily injury, throwing an object at a passenger of a vehicle with intent to injure, and elder abuse. His bail has been set at $100,000.

Lambrecht-Vester has survived her injuries and continues to make progress in her recovery. Today she can walk with the assistance of a walker, and she is learning to feed herself again. She remains hospitalized, but the progress is encouraging.


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