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Local CHP aids in apprehending alleged abductors


December 13, 2016  | View PDF

After a be on the lookout call was initiated by the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office for a car jacking of a white Dodge pickup in the early morning of Sunday, Dec. 4, the Susanville area California Highway Patrol stepped into gear and helped apprehend the suspects involved.

The incident led to a pursuit and the detainment of three people: David Allen Schott Jr., 46, Crystal Alicia Rhodes, 29 and Hannah Joy Shortage, 22.

At almost 7 a.m. the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Burney Patrol Division received a report of a kidnapping victim, Charles Rodger Bays, 72, who had escaped his captors at the Old Station Fill Up gas station, according to a statement from the department.

Burney deputies were dispatched and with the call to be on the lookout, Susanville CHP located the vehicle driving in western Lassen County. A traffic stop was initiated, however, the driver, Schott, failed to yield. A 10-mile pursuit ended around Westwood with the help of a spike strip, which disabled the vehicle’s tires.

The three suspects were detained and taken to the Susanville CHP office. Inside the vehicle, officers located a loaded revolver. According to the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Schott is a convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing firearms.

A Burney deputy drove to the CHP office, conducted interviews of the suspects and arrested them, transporting them back to Shasta County.

They were booked on numerous felony charges including kidnapping, elder abuse, assault causing great bodily injury and vehicle theft.

During the investigation, officers discovered the victim, Bays, was helping his friend, Rhodes retrieve her vehicle in the Ono Area of Shasta County at about 10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.

While at the residence in Ono, the statement continued, Schott allegedly struck Bays on the back of the head with possibly a rock or metal object. Bays temporarily lost consciousness.

Schott allegedly ordered Bays into the bed of his own vehicle, a 1992 Dodge Ram with a camper shell.

Being cold and injured, he was unable to immediately escape. Schott then allegedly forced Bays to provide his Social Security debit card to withdraw money.

Bays told officers he was forced to lie in the back of the truck for about six hours while the three suspects drove around. The statement noted the temperature at the time was in the 30s for the Redding Valley, and in the 20s in the Old Station area.

However, according to the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office statement, when the vehicle reached the Old Station Fill Up gas station, Bays noticed he was left alone. He proceeded to allegedly kick out the rear glass of the shell, crawl out and run out to the wooded area behind the gas station.

Schott, Rhodes and Short got back in the vehicle and headed toward Lassen County on Highway 44 before being apprehended by CHP.

Bays was transported to Mayers Hospital for treatment due to injuries sustained. He was later released back to his family.

“Even though the suspects

are in custody, the investigation is ongoing,” read the statement. “Deputies are looking into multiple businesses where the suspects and victim drove to, as well as the amounts the suspects took by using Bays debit card.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Burney Patrol at 245-6540 and speak with either Sgt. Marc St.Clair or Sgt. Quentin Johnston.”


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