Update: RPD Makes Arrest After Unprovoked Stabbing Leaves Man Dead At Taco Bell

An arrest has been made in the stabbing death of a fast food restaurant employee in Downtown Redding. Monday night, 29-year-old Kevin James Richard Wrenne was outside taking a 10 minute break from his job at the Taco Bell on Market Street when he was stabbed multiple times in what Redding Police are calling a senseless and unprovoked attack. Wrenne was declared dead after arriving at a hospital. Through witness statements and surveillance footage, detectives tracked the route of the fleeing killer south down the alleyway to Shasta Street, then east past the Heavenly Doughnuts shop. A camera showed him throwing an object onto the roof of a business, and when detectives checked that roof they found a knife believed to be the murder weapon. The investigation established 55-year-old Brent Ray Close as a person of interest. He’s a local homeless man known well by police from his lengthy prior criminal record stretching back to his childhood. He was known to spend time in the area of the Rodeo Grounds and boat launch so officers scoured that area and found close Wednesday morning on the cliffside over the Sacramento River near the north end of Continental Street. During questioning, Close reportedly confessed to the stabbing, and he’s also been implicated in the stabbing of a man in October near the boat launch. That victim was hospitalized and released after a couple of days. Close is being held on a Million Dollars bail. As of now there’s no known motive.