CITY OF SHASTA LAKE, Calif. – A Redding man was arrested after vandalizing five separate businesses in the City of Shasta Lake. During his arrest, the sheriff's office says he spit on a deputy's face and later assaulted a correctional deputy once he was placed in the Shasta County jail.
On Thursday, around 6:45 a.m. deputies with the Shasta County Sheriff's Office, City of Shasta Lake Enforcement Division, said they responded to the 1000 block of Shasta Dam Blvd., for an alleged vandalism.
A citizen in the area reported seeing a man breaking out windows of the Lion's Club with an unknown "club type object," according to the sheriff's office. While deputies were driving to the scene, additional citizens reported seeing a man breaking out windows of a church on Shasta Dam Blvd.
Deputies said the description of the man breaking out windows provided by all citizens was similar.
Citizens flagged down deputies as they arrived at the 4000 block of Shasta Dam Blvd., and directed them to the parking area of the Dollar Tree. Deputies observed a man standing in the parking lot who matched the reporting citizen's description.
As authorities approached the man, later identified as 20-year-old Nathan Ray Osterday, of Redding, they observed a metal stake on the ground near him. The stake matched the description of the object being used to break out windows, according to the sheriff's office.
Osterday claimed responsibility for breaking out the windows and was detained by the deputies. As Osterday was placed in the back seat of a patrol vehicle, the sheriff's office said he then intentionally spit onto one of the deputies’ face.
During a follow-up investigation, deputies said a total of five separate businesses/buildings were located with recently broken windows between the two locations. Deputies also observed damage done to a Shasta County owned vehicle parked in the area where Osterday was located. Osterday was also positively identified as the suspect who vandalized a City of Shasta Lake vehicle the previous evening, according to the sheriff's office.
Osterday was placed under arrest and transported to the Shasta County Jail where authorities say he assaulted a Correctional Deputy by punching them in the face. He is still in custody at the Shasta County Jail.