REDDING – Leon Devoid had an encounter he will never forget, and has said he may even move away to avoid it happening again.
On Tuesday, just after noon, Redding Police were called to a home on Loma Street, in north west Redding for a possible stabbing. According to their press release, they found 67-year-old Devoid holding down a 27-year-old woman, identified as Britnee Kemp, on the ground.
Devoid reported to the officers that the woman had knocked on his door. He said he didn’t know Kemp or why she was there, and asked her to leave. On her way out, he said, she angrily tore down his address sign in the front yard.
After returning to his home for a while, Devoid then heard a loud noise. Opening his front door, he saw that Kemp had apparently thrown a concrete brick towards his front window in an attempt to break it. He said he tried to stop her from doing any further damage, and confronted her in the front yard. She stabbed at him with an ice pick, and said she was going to kill him. While he managed to avoid the ice pick, he wrestled her to the ground, where she then bit him in the chest.
It was then that the police arrived as he had her pinned. Kemp, listed as a transient in Redding, was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats, and battery.
Kemp was no doubt a familiar name and face to the Redding police. She has at least 18 arrests since 2006, for charges ranging from petty theft, identity theft, vandalism, burglary, possession of stolen property, domestic violence, battery on a peace officer, failure to appear for a work program, being under the influence, driving under the influence, and contempt of court.
As for Leon Devoid, he was quoted by KRCR as saying that he is growing tired of issues with transients in the area, and will be moving out of town soon.
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