Man Arrested After Reportedly Kidnapping Neighbor

An Anderson man is accused of kidnapping his neighbor and taking her to Red Bluff. The victim contacted the Tehama County Sheriff’s Department Sunday and told them that her neighbor on Ash Creek Road, 39-year-old John Cole Knauss, had lured her into his car by offering her a ride to a nearby store. However, he went the other way despite her saying she wanted out and he reportedly made several threats of violence toward her while ignoring traffic laws to prevent her from escaping. He drove her all the way to the Red Bluff Diversion Dam. The Tehama County Sheriff’s Office has not revealed how the victim was able to get away, but Knauss was arrested where he had parked at the diversion dam. Charged with kidnapping and false imprisonment, Knauss is jailed on a Half Million Dollars bail.