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Man released from Shasta County Jail will be tried for murder

A Redding man will go to trial for a murder that happened hours after he was released from the Shasta County Jail.

Posted: Oct 4, 2020 5:52 PM
Updated: Mar 8, 2021 5:16 PM

UPDATE: 5:15 p.m. Monday, March 8, 2021 - A Redding man will go to trial for a murder that happened hours after he was released from the Shasta County Jail.

James Joshua Noyes, 33, was in court Friday for his preliminary hearing. The Shasta County judge determined there was enough evidence to try Noyes in the death of Emmanuel Vega.

Vega was shot and killed at an AM/PM on Buenaventura Blvd in Redding on October 4, 2020. Police say Noyes had been out of prison just six hours before the shooting.

Noyes will be back in court this Friday for arraignment. He is now being held in the Shasta County Jail without bail.

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UPDATE: 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020 - According to the Shasta County Sheriff-Coroner's Office, 35-year-old Emmanuel Vega of Redding, California was the man who was killed on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, at approximately 6:00 in the morning. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital by emergency personnel.

This homicide investigation is being investigated by the Redding Police Department. An autopsy has already been completed and Vega's family has been notified.

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REDDING, Calif. - A man who was released from the Shasta County Jail five hours previous to a Redding shooting incident has been arrested again, but this time on suspicion of murder, according to Redding police.

At approximately 3:00 Sunday morning, Oct. 4, 2020, Redding police responded to reports of a possible shooting near Buenaventura Boulevard and Railroad Avenue. When police arrived at the parking lot of the ampm they said they discovered a man who was suffering from a gunshot wound. The man was taken to a nearby hospital but did not survive long. The shooting victim's identity is being withheld at this time, until his family is notified of his passing.

Police said the suspect had left the crime scene before they arrived. After the victim died investigators went back to the ampm to interview several witnesses and to review video surveillance from neighboring businesses.

According to the Redding Police Department, their investigators were able to identify a suspect. The man they identified was 33-year-old James Joshua Noyes of Redding. They said they obtained an arrest warrant for the homicide and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Police ended up arresting him after a high-speed chase initiated after Noyes allegedly fled following an attempted traffic stop. Officers said they located Noyes driving a vehicle in north Redding in the area of Campers Court on Sunday afternoon. They said Noyes, who was alone in the car, took off southbound on Interstate 5 at speeds of nearly 100 mph.  The California Highway Patrol (CHP) continued the pursuit. When Noyes left the freeway at Knighton Road he spun out and collided into a fence, authorities said.

After the crash, Noyes attempted to flee again, this time on foot. Police said Noyes ran in front of a corporal's police car and was hit but still did not follow their commands. He was finally apprehended by Redding Police K9 Otto. He was then taken to a hospital.

Police said he was later booked into the Shasta County Jail on several charges, including homicide; felon in possession of a firearm, felony evading, resisting, and violating parole. His bail, they said, will be sent at one million dollars.

The background of the arrested suspect is dotted with criminal history, arrests, and prior convictions said investigators.

Here is what the police shared about the background of their suspect, 33-year-old James Joshua Noyes:

  • His arrest and conviction record includes narcotics, theft-related offenses, domestic violence-related offenses, driving under the influence, resisting arrest, and unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon.
  • He was sentenced to prison in 2017 for burglary. During his time in prison, he was involved in a battery of another inmate which caused serious bodily injury. He was released from prison in February 2020 and was on parole at the time of this incident for battery on an inmate.
  • He was arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail on the morning of October 3, 2020, for possession of methamphetamine for sales, drug paraphernalia, and a parole violation. Police were investigating a recent domestic violence incident on the day the arrest for these violations was made.
  • Noyes had been released from the jail five hours after his October 3 arrest
  • Within a matter of hours of being released, Noyes was involved in the shooting incident at the ampm on Railroad Avenue.
  • All of the above points were made from the information provided by the Redding Police Department

The police said in a press release that the release occurred due to "the multiple issues facing the Shasta County Jail with prisoner overcrowding and California Department of Corrections not transporting multiple sentenced inmates taking up jail bed space."

This investigation is ongoing. If you have information to share please contact the Redding Police Investigations Division at (530) 225-4200.

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