REDDING – Two twenty-something brothers were arrested by Redding Police in a case that looked at first like just goofing around, but ended up with arrests for burglary and prowling.
According to the Redding Police, a call came into the communication center at about 1 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, reporting someone pointing a rifle out of a blue PT Cruiser parked on Redwood Avenue near the North Point Plaza shopping center and Los Robles Hills neighborhood. When officers arrived, they saw two men near the car, and both of them ran from the scene.
One of the men, 24-year-old Daniel Bonnie, headed north through the greenbelt. He followed the wooded area behind the nearby houses and was spotted jumping a fence on Jaxon Way. A CHP helicopter was summoned to help locate the men, and Daniel was seen trying to evade both the officers on foot and the copter. He was soon found where the Greenbelt meets the busier Caterpillar Road, trying to hide under the trees.
The other man, Daniel’s older brother Joseph, or Joey Bonnie, 28, went the other direction, into the Meadowood Apartments. He managed to make his way into one of the apartments. When the resident soon came home, Joey grabbed a Trek mountain bike to try to make his escape. The victim flagged down a nearby officer and reported the burglary. An extensive search was made in the neighborhood, and descriptions were given to residents. Joey Bonnie was spotted on the bike further down Redwood Blvd., and he was taken into custody with the bike still in his possession.
As it turned out, the rifle the brothers were spotted with was a pellet gun. It is still not clear what they were up to, and why they fled so quickly when police arrived. It is likely they would have avoided the prowling charge Daniel was arrested for, and the burglary charge Joseph is facing (unless that was his plan all along…) Daniel was also arrested earlier this month, when on Thursday the 13th, he was cited for public intoxication and resisting or obstructing a peace officer. No details on that incident were available, but reports indicate it was likely at Lulu’s Sports Bar at Cypress and Pine Streets.