REDDING, Calif. — A man who was reportedly armed with a pair of hay hooks and threatening people at a Redding motel was apprehended by police officers on Sunday, Jan. 24.

During the man’s arrest, which happened at Motel 6 on Twin View Boulevard, the man became violent, causing minor injuries to an officer and damaging a patrol vehicle in the process, according to officials.

City of Redding police officers were dispatched to the motel around 2:45 p.m., after receiving reports of a man at the location threatening employees and guests with a set of hay hooks, Redding PD has since said of the violent encounter and arrest.

When officers arrived they located Benjamin Wesley Reeves, 48, of Redding.

Authorities say Benjamin Reeves was arrested after allegedly threatening guests and employees with a pair of hay hooks at a Redding Motel 6. An officer was slightly injured and a patrol vehicle was damaged during Reeves’ arrest. Redding PD photo

Reeves reportedly placed the hay hooks on the ground before being contacted by officers; however, he picked up and re-armed himself again with the hay hooks.

Although officers managed to gain Reeves’ compliance and he was taken into custody, when officers attempted to place him into a patrol car “he became resistive and kicked the patrol car, causing damage to the car and a minor injury to an officer,” said officials.

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Becca Cox, who works at the nearby Ramada Limited, later told SCNS she was forced to call 911 and have Reeves removed from her motel just fifteen minutes before the Motel 6 incident.

Cox explained Reeves had been a guest at the Ramada but was asked to leave after he refused to provide her with his credit or debit card.

“He was being very combative the whole time, kicking things the whole way out as he was being led off the property,” Cox described; adding, “He was loudly cursing and screaming, and was very angry the whole time.”

Reeves was ultimately booked into the Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of resisting arrest and causing injury to an officer as well as vandalism due to the damage he caused to the patrol vehicle.

Based on online jail records, it was not immediately clear if Reeves was still in custody or had already been released.

Anyone with further information regarding this investigation or the alleged suspect is encouraged to contact Redding PD at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 21R004974 and can remain anonymous.