A suspected burglary in Rancho Tehama landed two Red Bluff residents in jail following a reported pursuit with shots fired from a stolen pickup last week.
Benjamin Glenn Pierce-Flores, 19, and 24-year-old Danielle Kay Ede, are both behind bars on more than $600,000 bail each after the allegedly broke into a residence, stole a vehicle, fired several rounds from a rifle at a man pursuing them and rammed his vehicle with the stolen pickup, reported the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office.
It appears Harold Robinson was looking after a residence in Rancho Tehama that belongs to Nicholas Chavez while Chavez was away.
When Robinson went to check on the place around 9:52 a.m., March 27 he arrived to allegedly find a burglary in progress and saw a Ford F-350 belonging to Chavez leaving the residence.
Robinson reported the burglary to law enforcement and began following the suspected stolen pickup from Rancho Tehama to Flores Avenue in Proberta.
The sheriff’s office said, during the time Robinson was following the Ford, the passenger in the truck, Pierce-Flores, fired at least six round from a rifle at Robinson’s vehicle. Ede, who was driving the pickup, then allegedly drove the Ford over Robinson’s vehicle and rammed it four times before the stolen vehicle got stuck in the area of Flores Avenue.
Ede and Pierce-Flores reportedly ran from the pickup, Pierce-Flores still in possession of the rifle, the sheriff’s office said.
As this was going on, the sheriff’s office used its reverse 911 system to notify residents in the area of the pursuit and shooting that an armed suspect was on the loose. The office also advised Gerber Elementary School on Chard Avenue of the danger and school staff placed the school in a “soft lockdown.”
Sheriff’s deputies, with the assistance of California Highway Patrol and a helicopter, were able to locate Ede and Pierce-Flores at a residence on Windmill Street in Proberta following an intense search of the area.
The sheriff’s office said Robinson was able to identify both Ede and Pierce-Flores as the people who stole the Ford pickup from Chavez’s residence, and who shot at and rammed his vehicle.
During the investigation, the sheriff’s office said it located $11,000 in property that had been stolen from Chavez’s residence and allegedly placed by Ede and Pierce-Flores inside the Ford pickup.
Ede and Pierce-Flores were booked into the Tehama County Jail on suspicion of willful, deliberate attempted murder, assault with a firearm, burglary, and vehicle theft. Ede was also charged with suspicion of attack with a deadly weapon/not firearm. Her bail was set at $610,000.
The bail on Pierce-Flores was set at $640,000 as in addition to the felony charges, he was booked on one felony and two misdemeanor warrants.