Axe attack suspect arrested after violent exchange

Shannon Sewell

REDDING, Calif. - The man wanted for an axe attack has been arrested, three days after a violent exchange in Redding. Shannon Sewell, age 32, whose nickname is Nightmare, was arrested Tuesday afternoon around 1:24 p.m. after Redding Police officers located him at Win River Casino. Sewell was booked at the Shasta County jail on two outstanding arrest warrants, a probation violation and the charge of assault with a deadly weapon. Police had been searching for Sewell since Saturday. Officers responded to the 3600 block of Churn Creek Road at 4:10 p.m. Saturday for a reported stabbing. The victim, 30-year-old Daniel Blair of Redding, suffered puncture and stab wounds to his upper torso while reportedly trying to recover his stolen cellular telephone. Witnesses at the scene told KRCR News Channel 7 Blair first attacked Sewell from behind with a baseball bat. Blair was treated in the emergency room after the assault and released later the same evening. Blair identified his attacker by his street moniker Nightmare. The suspect was later identified as Shannon Sewell, who was on Post Release Community Supervision, or as it is more commonly referred to, AB109. Sewell's whereabouts after the assault were unknown. After Sewell was taken into custody on Tuesday, police questioned him about the incident. Sewell told investigators he was acting in self defense and did not specifically recall hitting Blair with the battle axe. Sewell had injuries that were consistent with his statement of being struck with a baseball bat.