Redding Calif.—On Sunday March 18th around 3:30 in the morning Shasta County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Eutropia Ledford, 81 years old reporting that two men she didn’t know came into her house on Leon Lane bound her up with duct tape and battered her with an unknown object.
During the investigation deputies learned that the suspects demanded Ledford tell them where her money was and ultimately stole items from her purse including cash, and debit/credit cards.
Ledford believed the robbery lasted around 20 minutes.
Ledford was taken to the hospital and treated for facial injuries, and later released from the hospital.
Ledford was not sure who was responsible for the robbery, but provided police with Justin Ezell’s name as a suspect involved in another burglary on the property the week before.
Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit were contacted and took over the investigation.
Ezell was located around 10:30 that night near Pine Street Safeway in Redding.
He is a known homeless man who frequents South City Park area.
He was interviewed by Sheriff’s detectives and ultimately released for lack of evidence regarding his involvement in the robbery.
Detectives continued to follow up the next day and discovered Ledford’s credit card was used at various locations throughout Redding.
The card was used at Clear Creek Market on Highway 273 in south Redding.
Deputies viewed the surveillance video and identified Nelson James Gleed, 37 years old, putting gas in a maroon Pontiac van.
The van left Clear Creek Market and headed south towards Win River Casino.
Detectives called Win River Security to check the surveillance for possible leads.
While in route to the Casino the maroon Pontiac van arrived at the Casino.
Gleed was contacted, interviewed, and determined to not be one of the two robbery suspects.
Gleed was arrested and booked into Shasta County Jail for a felony of unauthorized use of a person’s information.
Win River contacted the detectives later saying the surveillance showed Ezell and Gleed at the Casino just after Gleed used Ledford’s stolen credit card at Clear Creek Market.
Sheriff’s deputies began searching for Ezell at various transient encampments throughout the city of Redding.
During the search deputies obtained new information about the second suspect involved in the robbery was identified as Ethan Mark Taylor, 27 years old.
Detectives located Taylor at a transient camp located under the Highway 44 Bridge overcrossing Churn Creek just west of Victor Avenue.
Taylor was booked into the Shasta County Jail for robbery, burglary, elder abuse, and violation of parole.
Taylor was on parole for a robbery in 2013 where Taylor was sentenced to five years in State Prison for his involvement of the robbery of Dutch Brothers on south Market Street in Redding.
The Shasta County Superior Courts issued an arrest warrant for robbery, burglary, elder abuse for the arrest of Justin James Ezell, 31 years old.
He is described as a white male, 6’3”, 210 pounds, white hair, and blue eyes.
Ezell is well known in the transient/homeless communities.
It is unknown if Ezell is armed with a weapon, but he should be considered dangerous.
If anyone has information on Ezell’s whereabouts they are urged to contact the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office.