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Early Released Inmate Arrested for Alleged Murder Hours Later

James Joshua Noyes arrested
James Joshua Noyes arrested

Early Released Inmate Arrested for Alleged Murder Hours Later

Redding Police Department Press Release

October 4th, 2020 at 4 PM

RPD Case # 20R065148

On October 4th, 2020, at approximately 3 a.m., officers with the Redding Police Department responded to the area of Buenaventura Boulevard and Railroad Avenue regarding a possible shooting. Upon arriving, officers discovered an adult white male victim on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound in the parking lot of AMPM. The suspect left the location prior to the officer’s arrival. Medical attention was immediately provided to the victim and he was transported to a local hospital for medical care. Shortly after arriving at the hospital, the victim died as a result of the gunshot wound. His identity is being withheld at this time, pending next of kin notification. Investigators from the Redding Police Department responded to the scene and began their investigation.

Investigators interviewed several witnesses who were on scene as well as reviewed video surveillance from neighboring businesses in the area. Investigators were able to identify a suspect responsible for the shooting as James Joshua Noyes, 33 years of Redding. Noyes has a lengthy criminal history, to include a variety of arrests and prior convictions for possession of narcotics, theft-related offenses, domestic violence-related offenses, driving under the influence, resisting arrest and unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon. Noyes was sentenced to prison for burglary in 2017. During his time in prison, he was involved in a battery of another inmate causing serious bodily injury. Noyes was released from prison in February 2020 and is currently on parole for battery on an inmate.

Redding Police Officers investigated a recent domestic violence incident on October 3, 2020, involving Noyes. Noyes was arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail on the morning of October 3, 2020, for possession of methamphetamine for sales, drug paraphernalia and a parole violation. Due to the multiple issues facing the Shasta County Jail with prisoner overcrowding and the California Department of Corrections not transporting multiple sentenced inmates taking up jail bed space, Noyes was released from the Jail within 5 hours after being arrested. Within a matter of hours of being released, Noyes was involved in the shooting incident at the AMPM on Railroad Avenue.

Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Noyes charging him with homicide and felon in possession of a firearm. Investigators began searching for Noyes and located him driving a vehicle in the area of Campers Court in north Redding on the afternoon of October 4, 2020. Officers and Investigators began following Noyes in his vehicle and attempted a vehicle stop. Noyes was the sole occupant of the vehicle and failed to stop for officers. Noyes traveled southbound on Interstate 5 at speeds near 100 miles per hour. The California Highway Patrol Air Operations responded to assist Redding Police as the pursuit continued southbound on Interstate 5. Noyes lost control of his vehicle as he was exiting southbound Interstate 5 at Knighton Road, spinning out and colliding into a fence.

After the collision, Noyes exited his vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. A Redding Police Corporal who was immediately following Noyes’ vehicle was unable to stop as Noyes ran out in front of the officer’s police vehicle. Noyes was struck by the police car and failed to obey the officer’s commands. Redding Police K9 Otto was used to help apprehend Noyes. Noyes was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for treatment. Upon release from the hospital, Noyes will be booked into the Shasta County Jail for homicide, felon in possession of a firearm, felony evading, resisting, and a parole violation. His bail will be set at $1,000,000. A recent photograph of Noyes is attached to this press release.

This investigation is still ongoing. The Redding Police Department is asking if anyone has information as to the homicide, contact Redding Police Investigations at 530-225-4200.

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