On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at 7:47 p.m., a Westside Pizza delivery driver was robbed at gunpoint in the area of 6612 Riverland Drive, Redding. The suspect was described as a white male adult, 20-30 years old, wearing a dark-colored baseball style hat, blue t-shirt, and tan shorts.
On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, detectives with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit, began conducting follow up with the assistance of patrol staff. Later in the evening on Wednesday night, patrol deputies received a tip about a possible suspect to the robbery identified as Ethan George Purdy, 19 years old of Redding. Purdy lives in a travel trailer in the area of the robbery at the Sacramento RV Park, Space 97, which is located south of where the robbery originally occurred.
On Thursday, September 28, 2017, at approximately 3:30 p.m., detectives served a search warrant at Purdy’s trailer. Purdy initially opened the trailer door and upon seeing detectives slammed the door shut and locked it. Persons could be heard inside the trailer moving around. After approximately five minutes, Purdy exited the trailer and was detained without incident. Purdy was later questioned by detectives. Two additional people exited the trailer, identified as Tyler Joseph Stone, 23 years old of Redding, and Destiny Shreve, 18 years old of Redding. Stone and Shreve were also detained and later questioned.
During the search of the trailer, detectives located 11 Westside Pizza delivery boxes, and multiple air soft guns wrapped with black electrical tape making the air soft guns appear more realistic. One air soft gun was a replica handgun which detectives believe was the handgun used in the robbery. Also found in the trailer was drug paraphernalia and approximately 40 grams of suspected methamphetamine.
Purdy was ultimately arrested for 211 PC: Robbery, and booked into the Shasta County Jail. Stone and Shreve were released after their interviews and do not face charges at this time. Drug charges will be also filed against Purdy through the District Attorney’s Office.
If anyone has information about this investigation they are urged to contact the Major Crimes Unit at 530-245-6135 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
t the time of this news release, no mugshot was available of Purdy for release.