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Cottonwood man arrested for vehicle thefts after chase through the woods in Palo Cedro

The man who was arrested led Redding police and the CHP on a wild chase to Palo Cedro, where he was tracked for two miles through the woods by K-9 Chase.

Posted: Jan 9, 2021 5:28 PM
Updated: Jan 11, 2021 9:46 AM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - A Cottonwood man has been arrested for multiple charges of commercial and residential burglary, vehicle theft, resisting arrest, evading police, and illegally possessing a firearm. The man was charged after a chase through a heavily wooded area in Palo Cedro, according to the Redding Police Department.

It all started around 2:40 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, Redding police officers said they observed a Honda Civic that had been reported as stolen entering eastbound Highway 44 from Airport Road. A high-speed vehicle chase occurred. Redding police officers said they decided the chase was dangerous and a threat to public safety, so they stopped their pursuit and had a California Highway Patrol (CHP) follow their suspect in the stolen car.

The Honda and the driver were followed to Palo Cedro, where a man was observed abandoning the Honda at a home on Harvest Lane, before entering a wooded area, according to a police report.

K-9 Chase joined the chase with other Redding police officers and support from CHP Air Operations. Officer Rouland and K-9 Chase tracked the man for approximately two miles through the woods.

They caught up with the driver of the Honda, 36-year-old Jason Kenyon of Cottonwood, before taking him to a hospital for a K-9 bite and then to the Shasta County Jail for booking.

According to the Redding Police Department, the same Jason Kenyon is suspected of stealing the Honda from the Twin Blvd. tow yard of Lake City Towing early in the morning. They also identified Kenyon as a suspect in the theft of a BMW sedan on Wednesday, Jan. 6, from the same tow yard.

A pursuit was conducted around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, and though officers were unable to apprehend their suspect, they identified him as being Kenyon.

Police said Kenyon was driving the BMW fin the area of Shasta View Dr. and Goodwater Ave. and when they located him, they initiated a pursuit. Kenyon eventually exited the BMW and police said he broke into a residence on the 2000 block of Marlene Driver.

The person who lived in the home arrived, scaring Kenyon out the back door, according to police. Law enforcement gave up finding Keyon then, but during the investigation of what they say was the burglarized residence on Marlene Dr., officers located a handgun and magazines that they believe were left there by Kenyon. Officers said they also found ammunition in the stolen BMW.

Kenyon is suspected of stealing the Honda from the Twin Blvd. tow yard of Lake City Towing during the early morning hours of Jan. 8. Kenyon is also the suspect during a pursuit in the area of Shasta View Dr. and Goodwater Ave. on Wednesday, Jan. 6.

During this incident, Kenyon drove off from police in a stolen BMW sedan, which police said had been taken from the same tow yard.

Kenyon fled on foot and broke into a residence on the 2000 block of Marlene Dr. to hide from the police. The resident arrived at his home and confronted Kenyon as he ran out the back door.

Redding Police said they were unable to locate and apprehend Kenyon during this incident. When they investigated the burglarized residence on Marlene Dr., they located a handgun and magazines. Officers also located ammunition in the stolen BMW. Kenyon is the suspect in both car thefts.

Kenyon was booked at the Shasta County Jail on two counts of commercial burglary and one count of residential burglary, two counts of vehicle theft, two counts of reckless evading of police officers, two counts of resisting and obstructing police officers, and illegal possession of a firearm.

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