Redding, Calif. --
Redding Police teamed up with a local Neighborhood Watch group to zero in on a home that has been the center of several crime problems.
Police say, during the past couple months, the Redding Police Department Neighborhood Police Unit (NPU) and the Shasta Inter-agency Narcotic Task Force (SINTF) received dozens of complaints from residents regarding ongoing problems in the Henderson Road neighborhood. Residents reported narcotic transactions, thefts, vandalism's, and assaults occurring at all hours of the day and night. The incidents occurred with such regularity it began dramatically impacting the neighborhoods quality of life. Because of the consistent problems, the residents came together and started a Neighborhood Watch group with the goal of communicating with each other and law enforcement to help curb the criminal activity.
Based upon the ongoing problems, an investigation was initiated by NPU and SINTF. Officers worked with the Henderson Road Neighborhood Watch group and identified a residence that appeared to be attracting a majority of the criminal activity. The suspected problem residence was found to be in the 2800 block of Henderson Drive and maintained by two brothers, David Lawrence Fruits, 52, and John Patrick Fruits, 54.
The investigating officers say they were familiar with David Fruits and John Fruits as they have had multiple prior contacts with them. David Fruits has 19 prior arrests and is currently on probation through the Shasta County Probation Department for possession of drug paraphernalia. John Fruits has 39 prior arrests and is on active parole through the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for elder abuse.
Believing the Fruit's residence was responsible for a significant amount of the problems in the neighborhood, NPU and SINTF responded to their home on March 13th, 2019, at 9 a.m. and executed a probation search. Upon arriving at the location, officers found John Fruits asleep in the living room with a methamphetamine pipe near his feet. David Fruits was found in a bedroom and initially refused to comply with officers commands. David Fruits was eventually taken into custody and additional drug paraphernalia was located in his possession.
Once the home was secured, officers began checking the surrounding yard where they located numerous disabled vehicles and outbuildings with subjects living inside. A total of eight other individuals were located living on the property, two of which were found to have active arrest warrants. Ronald Bruce Brooks, 62, had a warrant from Modoc County for violation of probation and being under the influence of a controlled substance. Victoria Miller, 52, was found to have a warrant for illegal camping.
At the conclusion of the investigation, officers arrested three subjects from the property. David Fruits was arrested for violation of probation, obstructing or delaying a peace officer, and possession of drug paraphernalia. John Fruits was arrested for violation of parole and possession of drug paraphernalia, and Ronald Brooks was arrested on his outstanding warrant. All three subjects were transported to the Shasta County Jail where they were booked without incident. Although Victoria Miller had a warrant, she was not arrested but rather issued a citation and released from the scene.
Due to the condition of the property, along with people living in multiple vehicles and outbuildings, NPU will work with City of Redding Code Enforcement to identify violations and will address them with the owners.