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MANTECA - Authorities with the Modesto Police Department served a search warrant Wednesday morning in relation to a homicide investigation that began in August of 2016.

Police detectives and the SWAT team served the warrant on Jade Place shortly after 10:00am Wednesday morning. At least one person at the home where the warrant was served was detained by authorities.

Police spokeswoman Heather Graves said a vehicle related to the case was recently recovered by the Stockton Police Department, but had no further details regarding that development.

The homicide occurred on the early morning of August 19th, 2016. At about 2:00am, emergency crews responded to a report of a vehicle that had collided into a tree on Prescott Road just north of Plaza Parkway. The occupant, identified as 17 year old Mark Esparza, died from the crash.

Investigators later determined that Esparza was shot at as he tried to flee another vehicle near Mount Vernon.

Authorities are encouraging anyone with information regarding this case to contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Friday, 03 March 2017 12:04

Child's Torture, Death Leads to Couple's Arrest

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MODESTO - Authorities arrested a couple after investigating the abuse, torture and death of a child this week.

Officials say a 911 call was placed March 1st for a report of a child not breathing at a home on the 300 block of Standiford Avenue. First responders arrived and began performing life-saving measures on the child, who authorities identified as three year old Gilbert Escamilla.

The child was transported to a hospital in critical condition and flown to Madera Children's hospital. Investigators were notified Thursday morning that Gilbert had passed away.

Authorities described the child's injuries as burns, lacerations and bruising. The cause of death has not been determined.

Detectives began an investigation after learning how badly injured the child was, processing the home for evidence and interviewing relatives that live there. The investigation led to the arrest of the 24 year old Connie Escamilla, the child's mother. She faces a charge of murder in the child's death. Escamilla's fiance, 20 year old Kylie Beasley, was also arrested on murder and torture charges.

Escamilla's seven year old daughter was placed into protective custody.

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 15:40

Modesto Police Investigate Afternoon Shooting

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MODESTO - Police responded to a report of a shooting near Riverside Park Wednesday afternoon.

The shooting was reported at about 3:40pm. Early reports indicate the victim was struck in the arm after a person aimed a gun at a child and shot the father. The suspect was last seen fleeing toward Dry Creek.

The victim was located at a nearby gas station after entering a vehicle. The suspect was described as a 16-17 year old boy wearing a blue windbreaker.

Capistrano School was reportedly placed on lockdown during the incident.

Further updates will be posted as they become available.

Friday, 10 February 2017 14:00

Man Accused of Groping Students Arrested

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MODESTO - Authorities arrested a 34 year old man who was accused of groping several students as they walked to a school bus stop.

On January 31st, deputies with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office received a report from a 15 year old girl who said she had been groped by a Hispanic man on a bicycle as she walked to a bus stop near the intersection of Crows Landing Road and Butte Avenue.

Over the last two weeks, authorities conducted a search to locate and identify the suspect. Probation officers and detectives also assisted  to try and identify the suspect. Authorities say seven victims were identified in this case.

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Thursday morning, Sheriff detectives and deputies in the STING unit set up an undercover operation with a female deputy posing as a student. As the undercover deputy walked westbound on Butte Avenue toward Glenn Avenue, a man on a bike rode up and groped her. As he began to ride away, the undercover deputy grabbed him and took him into custody. Deputies with the STING unit arrived and arrested the suspect.

Authorities identified the suspect as 34 year old Richard Garcia of Modesto. He was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail for sexual battery. Detectives are expected to conduct a follow up investigation in the case, and are seeking any more possible victims. The contact is Detective Esquivez, who can be reached at (209) 525-7050.

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Monday, 06 February 2017 11:38

Stabbing Prompts Lockdown of Modesto School

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MODESTO - A stabbing Monday morning prompted the lockdown of a nearby elementary school.

Authorities say Capistrano School was lockdown aftera report of a person being stabbed nearby. The lockdown remained as officers arrived and searched for a suspect in the area.

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As an officer searched the area of San Ignacio Avenue and Carmillita Way, he interrupted a burglary in progress. Officers detained two persons in that location. It was unclear if they were connected to the stabbing.

The stabbing victim self-transported to a local hospital according to authorities, where their condition is unknown. The lockdown was lifted shortly before 11:30am. At time of publication, no further details were available.

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

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Saturday, 21 January 2017 20:51

Police Seek Help Identifying Serial Robbery Suspect

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MODESTO - Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a suspect involved in several robberies throughout the city.

Police say the suspect pictured above entered several Modesto area Subway sandwich shops and demanded money.

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In the photos, the suspect appears to be wearing a zip-up hooded sweater, a striped scarf and sunglasses. In one of the photos it appears that the suspect is walking off with a drawer from the cash register while two customers sit at a table a few feet away.

Police encourage anyone with information regarding this suspect's identity to contact the Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

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Monday, 09 January 2017 10:17

Car Crash, Shots Fired Results in School Lockdown

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MODESTO - Police officers took several people into custody Monday morning after a report of a car crash involving a light pole and gun fire.

The incident happened shortly before 7:00am just south of Christine Sipherd Elementary on East Orangeburg. Police received several reports of the crash followed by the sound of gun fire. Witnesses reported seeing at least one person flee from the crash. Early reports indicated one person was seen fleeing with a bag and a handgun.

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Officials say the vehicle involved in the crash was spinning donuts in the school parking lot prior to the crash. The driver of the Subaru Impreza was apprehended at the scene. Police spokeswoman Heather Graves says evidence of gunfire was located near Sipherd park, and that the occupants of the vehicle sustained injuries in the crash.

Authorities including K-9 officers and deputies with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office responded to establish a perimeter. A UAV team also responded to assist with the search, with a perimeter extending from Orangeburg to Scenic Drive.

Police surrounded a home and conducting announcements calling the occupants out. A total of four people connected to the incident were taken into custody. At time of publication, it was unclear if a weapon was recovered. The school lockdown was later lifted shortly before 9:30am.

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