Redding donut shop owner shoots robber

A Redding donut shop owner shot a robbing suspect who was able to escape from the scene.

Posted: Jul 23, 2021 11:49 AM

REDDING, Calif. - A businesses owner of a donut shop in Redding shot a man who was attempting to rob the shop, the Redding Police Department said.

On Friday around 2:53 a.m., the police department said it received a call from 59-year-old Robert Keo of Anderson. Keo told police he shot a man who was trying to rob Lucky Donuts shop.

Keo told police he was preparing for the day when a truck crashed into the industrial backdoor where the suspect created an opening.

Police said Keo said he was in fear of his life and felt like the man was going to rob and kill him.

Keo told the man he was armed with a handgun and warned him to leave the business. The man did not which caused Keo to fire one shot.

Police said the shot hit the suspect and he exited out the back door and entered a truck that was driven by a second suspect.

Officers began to investigate the scene where they found drops of blood near the smashed door.

During the investigation, officers received a report of a vehicle fire on Clear Creek Rd., west of Highway 273. This was about half a mile from the donut shop.

Police said Keo identified the maroon 2000 Ford F-150 as the vehicle that smashed into the building and officers said the vehicle was stolen that evening from the Alternative Automotive on Wall St.

“It appeared the suspects intentionally set the truck on fire in an effort to destroy evidence,” the Redding Police Department said in the press release.

Police said the suspect is described as a white male in his 20’s to 30’s. Officers added they believe the man may be seriously injured and in need of medical attention.

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