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Fingerprints, tips lead to road rage suspect

Published On: May 16 2014 02:59:46 PM CDT
Updated On: May 16 2014 03:09:04 PM CDT
Man arrested in coffee mug road rage assault
REDDING, Calif. -

Redding Police used tips from the public and fingerprint evidence to make an arrest in a coffee mug road rage attack that left a Redding woman in a coma.

The suspect, 23-year-old Teddy Robertson of Redding, turned himself in at the Shasta County Jail Friday less than 24 hours after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

The incident happened April 1 on Cypress Avenue just off Interstate 5.  

Joann Lambrecht-Vester, 66 of Redding, was a front seat passenger in a car driven by her husband northbound on Interstate 5.  Her husband accidentally cut off another driver, who became enraged over the incident.

The driver followed Lambrecht-Vester and her husband until they exited Interstate 5 at Cypress Avenue.  The driver followed closely behind the elderly couple, and pulled up alongside the passenger side of the car on Cypress Avenue, in the area of Hartnell Avenue.  

Family members told KRCR News Channel 7 Lambrecht-Vester rolled down her window in an attempt to diffuse the tension and talk to the other driver.  That's when he threw a travel style coffee mug through the window, hitting her in the face.

The suspect then drove away in a green Nissan Xterra sport utility vehicle.  

Lambrecht-Vester suffered a fracture to the orbital bone of her eye socket. While her husband was driving her to the hospital, she suffered a heart attack.

During the investigation, the coffee cup was recovered and given to the California Department of Justice laboratory for analysis.  Additionally, tips from the public came in through Secret Witness.  

Teddy Dean Robertson was identified by anonymous tipsters as the person responsible for throwing the coffee mug at the victim.

On Thursday, May 15, fingerprints lifted from the coffee cup were found to match Teddy Robertson, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.  The felony charges include:  assault with a deadly weapon, battery with serious bodily injury, throwing an object at a passenger of a vehicle with intent to injure, and elder abuse.

Robertson turned himself in, and is now being held on $100,000 bail at the Shasta County Jail.

The vehicle Robertson is suspected of driving that day has not yet been located.  It is described as a 2002 dark green Nissan Xterra bearing California license plates 4PJJ504.

The victim has survived her injuries and continues to make progress in her recovery.   She can walk with the assistance of a walker, and she is learning to feed herself again.  She remains hospitalized, but she continues to make progress in her healing.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the Xterra, or further information regarding Teddy Robertson or the circumstances of this case, is asked to contact Shasta County Secret Witness at (530)243-2319 or Redding Police Department Investigations at (530)225-4214.