Woman holds man at gun point for trespassing
By Record Searchlight staff
Originally published 09:34 a.m., December 27, 2009
Updated 02:12 p.m., December 27, 2009
HAPPY VALLEY -- A woman who discovered a man attempting to dismantle the hinges to the gate at the end of her driveway this morning and held him at gun point until Shasta County Sheriff's deputies arrived.
Authorities arrested the man, Woodrow Pardue III, 51, on suspicion of probation violation and marijuana possession, said Steve Grashoff, a Shasta County Sheriff's deputy and SHASCOM watch commander.
Pardue had been hospitalized Thursday evening for a psychiatric evaluation and released, Grashoff said.
Grashoff did not have the woman's identity, but said she was older and living alone at her Dorvel Lane home after her husband had passed away. She held Pardue with a .22-caliber handgun for 10 minutes, he said.
Pardue had shown up in his pickup Thursday or Friday and had spun out in the woman's circular driveway, Grashoff said.
She did not call the sheriff at that time, but decided to act this morning when Pardue appeared a second time and began tampering with her property, he said.
Other neighbors reported Pardue had appeared in the area.
"They said the last couple days he was coming up talking about weird stuff," Grashoff said.
Pardue had told deputies he was protecting the woman's property, since her husband had died.
Pardue was booked into Shasta County Jail.