Tehama Co. authorities still looking for suspect in robbery/shooting at Iron Canyon Trail

May 19, 2014 7:12 PM

The man who robbed and shot two hikers, one fatally, on Tehama County's Iron Canyon trail on Friday, is still on the run.

The Iron Canyon Trail, part of the Bureau of Land Management's Sacramento River Bend Natural Area, just outside of Red Bluff, is a popular place to hike, bike, or stop for lunch.

But Friday's robbery and double shooting there that left 69-year-old Massachusetts resident, Francis Gregory, dead, and his friend, critically injured, has the Tehama County Sheriff's Office looking for the public’s help, even if you did just stop for lunch.

“During that time frame, if they were out there Friday from 9-3, if they were driving by or anything, we're asking them to give us a call,” said Lt. Yvette Borden with the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office. “Because what they might see as insignificant, to us it might be a lead. It might be that information that we've been lacking.”

Tehama County authorities still haven't found their suspect, who they say robbed the victims of what they had, before shooting them both and leaving them for dead.

“I believe that this was absolute random and there was an opportunity that occurred,” Borden said.

Their description hasn't changed: White male, 6 feet tall, thin build, short black hair, and a black mustache or beard.

A BLM Park Ranger said the whole bureau is concerned and that's why he was brought over from Arcata, California, for extra security presence.

The Tehama County Secret Witness Program is offering up to a $1,500 reward for the arrest and conviction of the suspect in this case.

You’re asked to call (530) 529-1268 with any information.

Lt. Borden tells Action News Now they were going to release the name of the surviving victim, from, Manton, but decided against it.

He remains in critical, yet stable, condition.


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