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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 1B SWAT nabs suspect Victoria Metcalf Assistant Editor "Robbie don't you f-- move!" shouted Plumas County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Driscoll as he spotted suspect Robert Knight lying in the dense brush adjacent to Beskeen Lane near Quincy on Friday, Sept. 14, around 12:30 p.m. Driscoll and other SWAT members were narrowing their search to even smaller areas north of Spanish Creek between the east end of Gansner Park and the popular summertime swimming areas. They were attempting to find Knight's ceil phone when suddenly Driscoil spotted the man to his right and immediately swung his weapon on him. Other SWAT members, including men stationed along Beskeen Lane, and Commander Todd Johns rushed in to help Driscoll capture Knight. Driscoll could be heard shouting for Knight to roll over as officers attempted to roust him out of his hiding spot Then father and son, Sgt. Chad Hermann and Deputy Tyler Hermann, dressed in camo gear, marched their captive toward the road and the many sheriff's vehicles. There were many tense moments while officers made sure their captive couldn't escape, harm himseff or an officer. He was carefully searched as Tyler Hermann patted Knight down, removing his possessions from various pockets. These items, a lighter, a hard pack of Marlboro cigarettes, billfold and other things were placed on the hood of the sheriffs unit where Knight was restrained. Deputy Tom Klundby, also a SWAT member, bagged Knight's possessions and would drive him to jail. His part in the search began in the field and ended up on Beskeen Lane where hejoined Deputies Rob Gott and Jesse Leiss in guarding that section in case Knight sprang from hiding and ran. Deputy Tom Klundby joined members of SWAT as they searched a wooded and heavily brushed area for an alleged assailant. Cracking branches and rustling could be heard from around Beskeen Lane in Quincy as SWAT officers made their way through bushes and brush looking for Robert "Robbie" Knight on Sept. 14. Plumas County Corrections Center Commander Chad Hermann (left) and his son, Deputy Tyler Hermann (far right) joined SWAT members on the hunt for Quincy resident Robert Knight (center) who was apprehended about 12:30 p.m Friday, Sept. 14. They were among officers that spotted Knight in his hiding place in the brush not far from Gansner Park in Quincy. . i ,:, : Assault It was Friday morning, Sept. 14, when Knight allegedly cut a Quincy area resident in the face with what is described as a box cutter near the Gold Pan Motel. According to Sheriff Greg Hagwood, Knight had allegedly been harassing the woman "for days if not hours" leading up to the incident. The woman's identification is being withheld until District Attorney David Hollister has time to review the case. Hagwood said that SWAT members were immediately mobilized. "I had one deputy on covering an area from Beckwourth to the Greenville Wye," he said regarding how short-handed the department was at that time. And this occurred during a major incident when a fuel tanker overturned on Highway 70 near Keddie, which meant that some of the sheriffs team had to drive over Mt. Hough, and some had just gotten off work at 3 a.m. and were called back. "I'd also like to give a big shout out to my dispatch center," Hagwood said. One person was on duty when both incidents occurred, but more were called in to assist. The California Highway Patrol also assisted by sending a small aircraft to conduct surveillance, and an officer was dispatched to the search. Lt. Kyle Kroll of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife was at the scene when Knight was discovered. That department also provided a search dog, which was being transported from Susanville. The dog and its handier combed the search area looking for any additional evidence. Officers search back over the the capture. -(i~ : :~ i " Robert Knight after apprehending him Friday, Sept. 14. Fish and Wildlife went area with a search dog looking for anything Knight might have dropped before Photos by Victoria Metcalf Deputy Jake Vickrey and Tom Klundby aren't letting Robert Knight go anywhere. Klundby bagged Knight's possessions as another SWAT member searched his pockets. From left, Sheriff Greg Hagwood and Commander Todd Johns confer as SWAT members bring in the man who allegedly slashed a woman with a box cutter earlier in the day.