Photo: Nathan Totten
Originally published as a Redding Police Department Facebook post –
“On January 4th, 2022, at 5:15 P.M., officers from the Redding Police Department’s Neighborhood Police Unit responded to 1461 Oakdale Lane, to conduct a probation search of the residence. The NPU had received various citizen complaints about ongoing vehicle and pedestrian traffic at the residence at all hours of the day and night.
Upon arrival, officers observed known probationer Nicholas Johnson, 40 years of Redding, leaving the residence in a black BMW sedan. An enforcement stop was initiated and Nicholas Johnson was detained at the scene pursuant to the terms of his probation.
NPU officers continued their investigation and contacted numerous subjects inside of the residence to include Megan Fruits, 25 years of Redding (on parole for first degree robbery), John Fruits, 57 years of Redding (on supervised release from the Shasta County Jail), as well as several other occupants. While speaking to the numerous residents, officers noticed what appeared to be commotion coming from the residence’s attic area.
The investigation ultimately revealed that parolee Nathan Totten, 38 years of Shingletown, was attempting to elude police contact due to an outstanding arrest warrant for an incident that occurred within the City of Redding on December 3rd, 2021. (As a result of this investigation by RPD, an arrest warrant was obtained for Totten charging him with first degree residential burglary with the intent to commit a sexual assault.)
NPU and RPD officers subsequently surrounded the residence at which point a standoff ensued. RPD K9 Chase was summoned and Totten was ordered to surrender. After a short amount of time, Totten eventually adhered to verbal commands and removed himself from the residential attic space.
Totten was taken into custody without further incident and booked into the Shasta County Jail for obstruction/resisting, possession of narcotics, violating parole, and residential burglary with the intent to commit sexual assault.”