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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 16:01

Man Arrested After Waving BB Gun at Store

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MODESTO - Police say a man who refused to come out of a convenience store after waving a pistol was armed with a bb gun.

The incident began at about 3:30pm Monday afternoon at the A&M Gas Mini Mart near Maze Boulevard and North Martin Luther King Drive. Police responded to a report of a man sitting outside a nearby market waving a gun. Officers responded and made contact with the man, who was uncooperative.

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Officers used a taser, but it was not effective. The suspect ran into the business which was still occupied by customers. The store was evacuated as police surrounded the building and called in their negotiators and SWAT teams.

Area roadways were closed off to traffic as crowds of spectators gathered nearby. Police entered the building at about 5:30pm. The suspect surrendered moments later.

Authorities identified the suspect as 35 year old Shawn Mercer, who had prior warrants for his arrest. He also faces additional charges, including resisting arrest, possession fo ammunition and possession of methamphetamine.

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Sunday, 25 June 2017 13:55

Drive By Shooting Claims Man's Life

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MODESTO - Police investigated an early morning drive-by shooting that claimed the life of a man Sunday.

Police received several 911 calls at about 1:30am reporting a shooting on the 600 block of Thrasher Avenue. Arriving officers located a man suffering from at least one gunshot wound. He was transported to a hospital where he died.

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Authorities say the man was in front of a home with several other people when a car drove by and an occupant opened fire on the crowd. Police say there is no suspect information, no motive and no additional victims have come forward.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 21:14

Man Arrested in Triple Homicide Case

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MODESTO - Police arrested a 28 year old man in connection to a Saturday evening triple homicide.

Shortly after 7:00pm, authorities responded to a home on the 1600 block of Bay Meadows Drive for an assault investigation. Arriving officers located 28 year old Oscar Espinoza suffering from what appeared self inflicted wounds in front of the home. He was transported to a hospital for care of his injuries.

Inside, police located 30 year old Tiffany Espinoza, 9 year old Spencer Giese and 4 year old Edward Espinoza, all deceased.

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Authorities say they responded earlier in the day to the residence after receiving a request for a security check. Police received no answer at the door after attempting to make contact.

Police responded to the scene again after receiving a report that there was a man with blood on himself down on the porch, and possibly others injured inside. That was when officers found Espinoza and the three victims inside.

Police say that although an official cause of death has not been released by the coroner, the injuries sustained by the victims are consistent with blunt force trauma. Authorities believe that evidence at the scene indicates the murders happened late Friday or early Saturday.

Espinoza was released from the hospital Wednesday and booked into the Stanislaus County Jail without bail on three counts of murder.

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MODESTO - Police investigated a drive by shooting Monday afternoon that claimed the life of a Sacramento man and injured another.

Police received multiple 911 calls at about 4:30pm reporting a shooting on Sutter Avenue near Nian in West Modesto. Officers arrived and found two men in the street who had been shot. They were both rushed to hospitals for care.

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One victim, identified as 25 year old Terrelle Swearengin of Sacramento, died from his injuries. The second man, identified only as a 22 year old Modesto resident, was treated for injuries that were considered not life threatening.

According to police spokeswoman Heather Graves, the early investigation suggests that the two men were walking on Sutter Avenue when a vehicle pulled up and an occupant fired a gun striking both of them. A description of the suspect or suspects was not available.

Graves encourages anyone who may have any information regarding this incident to contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 14:28

Police Seek Man on Child Molestation Charges

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MODESTO - Police are seeking a man accused of molesting a a child under the age of ten who he lived with.

Police are asking for the public's help in locating 37 year old Kevin Robertson. Officers attempted to locate him at a home in southeast Modesto, but he left prior to their arrival. Authorities say he was last seen in the Madera area.

Robertson is said to be driving a blue 1994 Chevrolet S10 pickup with California license plate 62607F1. Authorities urge anyone who may see him or know his whereabouts to call 911.

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 19:27

Modesto Police Arrest Homicide Suspect

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MODESTO - Police have arrested a suspect accused of being responsible for the murder of a man who was found dead in his car.

Late Sunday night a Modesto Police sergeant was patrolling the area of Tioga and Legion Park drives when he noticed a suspicious vehicle. The sergeant attempted to contact a man who was inside but discovered he was deceased.

The victim was identified as 55 year old Steve Monkhouse. Authorities believe he was inside his vehicle parked in the field when he was assaulted with a knife.

The investigation led police to 25 year old Michael Christopher Suarez of Modesto. Police arrested Suarez Wednesday, and authorities say they attribute his capture to the community that helped identify him.

Suarez faces Murder and other charges and is expected to appear in court Friday.

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MODESTO - Police are investigating a homicide after a man was found deceased in his vehicle Sunday night.

At about 11:15pm a Modesto Police Sergeant patrolling near Tioga and Legion Park Drives located a suspicious vehicle parked in a field west of the intersection. The sergeant found a man inside who whe tried to make contact with, but found he was deceased.

Authorities have identified the victim as 55 year old Steve Monkhouse. Police say they believe the victim was inside of his vehicle when he was assaulted with a knife.

Detectives are working to determine what led up to his death. Police say a suspect has not been identified.

Authorities are asking for anyone who may have information regarding this case to contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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