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Police: Redbox Shooting Suspect Linked to String of Attacks & Robberies

Published On: Apr 03 2013 08:05:09 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 04 2013 11:10:46 AM CDT
Tower Mart Sentra search photo
REDDING, Calif. -

Two young men were arrested Wednesday as suspects in multiple attacks and robbery incidents in the Redding area.  One of them reportedly admitted responsibility for the pellet gun shooting of a man who was renting a movie at a Redbox on Lake Boulevard.

Police had been looking for the suspects’ white Nissan Sentra when an officer spotted it around noon Wednesday on Interstate 5.

The officer called for backup, then followed the vehicle and pulled it over at the same Tower Mart where the Redbox shooting happened two days earlier.

Officers said they arrested one suspect in connection with the pellet gun shooting right away and detained two other men in the vehicle for questioning. From there, Jo Joe Henry William Alvarez, 20, from Shasta Lake City and DeAndre Dwayne Sutton-Wilson, 19, from Cottonwood were arrested.

According to police, Alvarez is documented as a gang member with the Redding Police Department

The two were charged in a number of attacks.

On Friday, March 29 around 8:20 p.m., a victim was reportedly shot at five times while walking in the 1300 block of Lake Boulevard. He was not injured.

That same night around midnight, another incident was reported. The victim told police that he had been riding on a bicycle at Lake Boulevard and Masonic Avenue when the suspects drove by and shot him in the neck. The man was left with a minor injury.

On Sunday, March 31 around 8:10 p.m. yet another victim said that he had been attacked while walking along Lake Boulevard and Clay Street. He reported that a white Toyota-type vehicle pulled up and four males attacked him. The man was beaten and his wallet and cell phone were stolen.

On Monday, April 1 around 7:20 p.m., Teddy Robertson reported the shooting at the Redbox outside Tower Mart. Robertson was shot in the eye with a pellet gun.  He will undergo surgery this week at U.C. Davis to remove the pellet.

The same night, around 8:20 p.m., another victim contacted police and reported that he had been confronted while walking on Masonic Avenue by a young male who threatened him with a knife and demanded some of his personal property.

In each case, police were unable to locate a suspect.

A pellet gun was located and seized during a search of the vehicle stopped on Wednesday.

Alvarez was positively identified by several witnesses as the shooter during the incident at the Tower Mart on April 1 and was also positively identified in the attempted robbery on April 1 on Masonic Avenue.

Both men were identified as being involved with the robbery on March 31. 

A search was conducted at a home in the 1800 block of Parallel St. in Shasta Lake City where evidence was found linking Alvarez and Sutton-Wilson to the listed attacks.

Police say the men were interviewed at the station and they both admitted to their involvement in each of the incidents.

Alvarez was booked at the Shasta County Jail for assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, attempted robbery and terrorist threats.

Sutton-Wilson was booked at the Shasta County Jail for robbery.