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CCW Instructor Faces Charges After Rousting Homeless Camp

A small battle took place very early Saturday morning against some randomly selected homeless people in Redding. A lot of talk has been flying around social media following an incident on June 16th reported by 27-year-old Bryant Krause at Parkview and Park Marina. It was the middle of the night as he pulled his motorcycle up to a crosswalk and was waiting for pedestrians to go by when two men knocked him to the ground and threatened to stab him. Two women who were with them told them to stop and pulled them away. Four men who read about the encounter contacted Krause. They said they wanted to walk around Redding late at night and see if the crime problem was as bad as they had heard because they wanted the citizens of Redding to feel safe. They started at the Wal-Mart parking lot Friday night. Failing to see any trouble, they decided to walk around and roust some homeless people near where Krause had been assaulted. They parked at an auto dealership and proceeded on foot. Krause was unarmed but the other four had legally concealed guns with permits. It was well after Midnight by then as they walked by the river near Smile Place and into a homeless camp and shined flashlights around. Their intrusion wasn’t exactly welcomed as a confrontation brewed and weapons were brandished by both sides. As homeless men, some with knives, emerged from their sleeping places in the bushes 44-year-old Daniel Byron Ryant said he pulled his handgun out and backed away before all 5 men ran back to their cars. Some of the campers followed and as the vigilantes fled in their cars Krause reportedly struck 51-year-old transient Matthew Miller with his car. Miller was treated at a hospital for scrapes and bruises. Krause was stopped by police at Market and Eureka with damage to his hood and a smashed windshield with blood on it. The D.A.’s Office is considering charging him with felony assault with a deadly weapon. Ryant said he’s a concealed weapons instructor in Tehama County. He was charged with brandishing a firearm in a threatening manner, and his gun and ammo were taken as evidence.