On Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at 3:20 a.m., deputies with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 6600 block of Stoney Drive, Redding, for a report of a possible burglary in progress. Mary Page, 66 years-old, reported an unknown male subject entered her residence through her unlocked front door and was acting strangely and refused to leave.
Page, in fear of the male, ran upstairs and woke her son-in-law, Robert Bass, 50 years-old, and informed him of the incident. Bass armed himself with an axe and flashlight and walked downstairs to find the male subject, later identified as Derrick James Jones, 35 years-old, in his living room area. When Bass confronted Jones, he ran out the back door of the residence, across the street to a neighboring residence. Bass left his axe behind and grabbed a baseball bat from his living room and ran after Jones, checking the yard of his residence and his neighbor’s property, attempting to locate Jones, while Page called 911.
Bass quickly located Jones as he was attempting to break into his neighbor’s RV trailer. Bass informed Jones he had called the Sheriff’s Office and he needed to wait there until deputies arrived. Jones had a shovel in his hands, which he dropped and instead picked up a pickaxe, lying on the ground nearby. Numerous neighbors in the area were awoken by the disturbance. Jones displayed the pickaxe in an aggressive manner towards Bass and then attempted to run away. Bass defended himself against Jones, striking him with the baseball bat multiple times, causing Jones to drop the pickaxe and to stop running. Bass held Jones at the scene until Sheriff Deputies arrived and took Jones into custody. Jones was treated on scene by medical staff and was then transported to Shasta Regional Medical Center for further treatment of his injuries.
Jones was later transported to the Shasta County Jail and booked for 459 PC – Burglary: First Degree.