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Thursday, 19 January 2012 05:17

90 Arrested In Modesto Shoulder Tap Operation

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Modesto Police arrested 14 individuals on January 13 and 14, 2012 during undercover operations focused on reducing youth access to alcohol. Officers conducted Shoulder Tap Decoy operations. Modesto Police have been working with investigators of the Alcoholic Beverage Control and other local law enforcement agencies to crack down on underage drinking.

Under the Shoulder Tap Decoy program, a minor under the direct supervision of a peace officer will stand outside a liquor or convenience store and ask patrons to buy them alcohol. The minor indicates in some way he or she is underage and cannot purchase the alcohol. If the adults agree to buy the alcohol for the minor decoy, investigators arrest and cite them for furnishing alcohol to the minor. The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service.

Since March, 2011, Modesto Police have arrested 90 individuals by conducting nine separate Shoulder Tap Decoy operations. Many of these suspects were also found to be in violation of additional laws and booked for drug charges, illegal weapons violations, stolen property, and probation violations. Six were found to be in possession of heroin, including one who was holding nine grams for sale. Another six were arrested for possession of methamphetamines.

The Modesto Police Department is currently utilizing resources through the ABC Grant Assistance Program. Modesto was awarded a $70,000 grant in July of 2011. The program allows the department to pay officers overtime to concentrate on alcohol-related crime and make the streets safer.

“Through these Shoulder Tap Decoy operations, we have been able to put more officers out on the street and have taken dozens of criminals into custody which makes Modesto neighborhoods safer,” said Modesto Police Sergeant Robert Stewart, the Crime Reduction Team Supervisor.

The program is intended to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors. Statistics show minors generally have a higher rate of drunken driving crashes than adults. According to the American Medical Association, underage drinking can increase chances of risky sexual behavior and teen pregnancy, juvenile delinquency, compromise health and result in unintentional injury and death. ABC is a Department of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.

Two 14-year-old boys are facing attempt murder charges after they violently stabbed a 17-year-old male victim in the middle of the roadway. The victim remains in critical, but stable, condition.

On February 16th, at about 7 P.M., an officer on patrol noticed several people in the middle of the roadway in the 100 block of Virginia Avenue, in central Modesto. The group appeared to be involved in a physical fight. As the officer drove closer to the group, two suspects fled towards the Modesto Inn.

Officers located a 17-year-old male victim who had sustained multiple stab wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital, where he remains in critical, but stable, condition. Additional officers converged on the Modesto Inn and surrounding neighborhood and began a search for the suspects involved in the assault.

Officers located one suspect hiding inside a room at the Modesto Inn. The second suspect was located nearby in a residence in the 700 block of Alice Street. Both suspects are 14-year-old Modesto residents. They were booked into the Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall and each face attempted murder charges.

Although the motive for the assault is still under investigation, investigators believe the two suspects and the victim have had a conflict in the past.

Police still ask anyone who may have information regarding this incident to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637. Just type “TIP704” along with your message.

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