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Bail Set Charges Altered For Two Charged With Attacking Yuba City Police Officer

Sutter County Sheriff

Steven Strong Bear Stevenson and Antonio Rojas Moreno were arrested and held without bail for attacking a Yuba City Police officer Sunday morning.

Sutter County Sheriff

UPDATE: charges have been altered and bail has been set for two men charged with attacking a Yuba City Police officer. A good samaritan is being credited with helping the officer fend off the attack.

Bail for Antonio Rojas Moreno was set at $200,000. Bail for Steven Strong Bear Stevenson is set at $500,000.

Charges against Stevenson were altered to include attempted murder of a peace officer, use of a firearm while committing a felony, and assault with a deadly weapon. One of the charges of driving under the influence was dropped, but one remains.


The Yuba City Police Department says one of its officers and a good samaritan are recovering from injuries they suffered fending off an attack on the officer.

The department received calls of a car crashing into unoccupied parked cars on Queens Avenue in Yuba City just after midnight Sunday.  

Shawna Pavey is the Operations Support Manager for the department. She says the officer who responded to the call was first attacked by the passenger, Antonio Rojas Moreno, and then by the driver of the vehicle, Steven Strong Bear Stevenson.

"Mr. Stevenson got ahold of the officer's baton and had started pounding the officer's head into the concrete and striking him in the head with the baton. When a good samaritan saw the two attacking the officer, he came over to help and pushed Stevenson off the top of our officer."

Pavey says the good samaritan's intervention allowed the officer to subdue and arrest both attackers.

The officer and the man who came to his assistance suffered concussions and minor scrapes. Both were taken to Rideout Hospital for treatment.

Pavey says the man who came to the officer's help is a hero.

"We really want to commend that citizen for taking community policing into his own hands and coming to the aid of our officer. We would love to acknowledge him publicly, but he has requested that his name remain anonymous."

According to the booking information at the Sutter County jail, Moreno -the man arrested for first attacking the officer- is 6'5" and 270 pounds. He's charged with threatening great bodily injury, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct while under the influence of drugs.

Stevenson is charged with hit and run, attempted murder, battery, and two counts of driving under the influence.

Both were initially held without bail. They are scheduled to be in Sutter County court this afternoon.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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