Jul 25, 2014 1:01 PM by News Staff
Seven Redding residents are facing hate crime charges for allegedly targeting Hispanic males for robberies in the Redding area.
Police have arrested five suspects and are continuing to search for two others.
Police first learned of the alleged crimes when they responded to a carjacking call at the Walmart in Anderson on July 7. The victim, 38-year-old Chico man told Redding police he drove to Redding to meet a woman he had been communicating with on Facebook.
When he arrived at the Redding meeting place he was confronted by several people who were armed with a stun gun and screwdriver. The victim attempted to run, but was struck with a stun gun and then complied with demands to avoid injury. The suspects stole his truck and ATM card and forced him to provide his pin number by holding him against his will for four hours.
The victim was also taken to a hotel and videotaped as he was held captive before ending up at the Anderson Walmart where he was able to escape.
A Police investigation led to the discovery of two additional Hispanic males who had been victims of a similar Facebook robbery trap. Police determined that the victims appeared to have been targeted for being Hispanic and the suspects made statements regarding white power and white pride.
Police determined that seven suspects were involved and have been able to track down and five of them. Kayla Tanner, 20, Krystal Kerby, 24, Tyler Woods, 21, Zachary Parker, 21, and Michael Bradley, 38, all of Redding have been arrested.
Police are still actively searching for 30-year-old Lynette Demello and 21-year-old Karissa Freeman also of Redding.
Anyone with information about the robberies or the whereabouts of Demello or Freeman should contact Redding Police at (530) 225-4214.
Photos of the suspects with the exception of Freeman are pictured below, from left to right:
Kayla Tanner, Krystal Kerby, Tyler Woods, Michael Bradley, Lynette Demello, Zachary Parker
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