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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 10:52

Modesto Police Investigate Shooting

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MODESTO - Police investigated a shooting that injured one person Wednesday morning.

The shooting was reported during the 7am hour on Ardmore Avenue near the neighborhood of College and West Orangeburg Avenues. Early reports indicate a man entering his vehicle was struck by gunfire. The shooter may have been in a dark sedan and opened fire as they drove by.

The victim, an adult man, suffered a non-life threatening wound to the arm. The shooter was outstanding police say.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Modesto Police Department at (209) 572-9500, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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MODESTO - Detectives investigating the October shooting death of a 5 year old boy have released a photo of a vehicle they say is connected to the case.

Authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying the occupants of the vehicle, described as a gray or silver sedan. The shooting happened on October 28th on Lake Park Court shortly before 9:45pm, claiming the life of a 5 year old boy and injuring a second child.

Police say they may have determined a motive for the case and are looking for additional witnesses.

Anyone with information regarding the vehicle or the case is encouraged to contact the Modesto Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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