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Wednesday, 04 September 2019 13:27

Police Seek Theft Suspect

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MODESTO - Police are looking for a woman who was captured on surveillance video stealing merchandise from a store. 

Authorities say the theft happened on July 26th shortly before 10 PM at a business on McHenry Avenue.  The surveillance video shows the woman looking through shoes inside the store. 

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The woman then exit the store with approximately $125 in merchandise, pushing a loss prevention officer as she leaves, according to police.

Police say she is a Caucasian woman in her 20’s, wearing a maroon top, black shorts, and blue or black Adidas shoes carrying a multi colored backpack.

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

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Monday, 02 September 2019 15:28

Police Seek Suspect in Transient Man’s Homicide

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MODESTO - Authorities are seeking a suspect wanted for beating a transient man so badly that he died from his injuries.

The violent attack happened on August 10th at Garrison Park. Police say the victim, identified as 63 year old Jace Decker, was in the park when he was confronted by two men. Police say the two men attacked Decker who pleaded with them to stop.

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The two men continued to beat Mr. Decker until he was unconscious. Authorities say he transported to a hospital where he fell into a coma and later died.

On August 17th, authorities arrested Matthew Arguello in connection to the assault. Police have also identified 25 year old Ruben Rosales as a suspect and are currently seeking him.

Police say the suspects beat Mr. Decker without warning believing he was a sex offender registrant, however he was not. Authorities say both suspects are known criminal street gang members, and the attack is believed to have gang influence.

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Authorities say although no weapons were used in the assault, Rosales should be considered dangerous. Police note the crime was unprovoked by gang members in close proximity to an elementary school.

Detectives who are working the case are seeking the public’s help in locating the outstanding suspect. They believe he is being aided as a fugitive and is on the run to avoid being arrested. Authorities say they will seek prosecution for anyone aiding Rosales.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Lawrence at (209) 572-9642 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Friday, 30 August 2019 13:24

Early Morning Homicide Investigated

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MODESTO - Authorities responded to an early morning shooting that claimed the life of a man.

Police received a report of a person shot at about 7:53am at a home on the 200 block of Rosina Avenue. Officers arrived within minutes and found the victim inside. He was transported by ambulance to a hospital where he died.

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Investigators with the violent crimes unit responded and took over the investigation. Police taped off the entire block to examine the area for any clues that would lead them to a suspect. 

Neighbors in the area indicated hearing several gunshots Friday morning before police arrived. Some noted suspected drug activity in the area.

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

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Wednesday, 28 August 2019 20:53

Two Arrested In Modesto Jewelry Store Heist

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MODESTO - Police announced the arrest of two suspects in a weekend jewelry store theft that resulted in panic at the Vintage Faire Mall.

Phelan Parker, 22, was arrested Tuesday evening in Stockton after he was located during a traffic stop. Modesto Police Detectives located and arrested 23 year old Kyrin Mckenzie in Stockton during a follow up to the investigation.

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Police are searching for a third suspect, 28 year old Wilfredo Robles Junior of Stockton, and two additional suspects who were not identified. One of the suspects is believed to be a getaway driver.

The group is accused of carrying out a “smash and grab” style robbery, where the suspects entered the Valliani Jeweler store inside the mall, and used a hammer to break the glass of several display cases.

The sound caused panic and scare in the mall, as shoppers thought an active shooting situation was taking place. At least two people suffered trample injuries ranging from a twisted ankle to a broken leg.

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An undisclosed amount of property was taken during the theft. Investigators are also looking into the possibility of a relation to a similar robbery at the Great Mall in Milpitas, causing similar panic there.

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

NOTE - Photographed are Phelan Parker (left image), Kyrin McKenzie (top right), Wilfredo Lopez Jr. (bottom right)

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MODESTO - Police have released surveillance images of four suspects seen fleeing the Vintage Faire Mall Sunday afternoon after a robbery at a jewelry store.

The incident happened shortly before 5:00pm at Valliani Jewelers inside of Vintage Faire Mall. Police say the suspects used hammers and tools to break open several display cases at the shop and steal an undisclosed amount of property.

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The suspects fled the area on foot and possibly in a vehicle from there in an unknown direction.

The sound of glass breaking caused mass panic and confusion inside the building, as people thought the sound was actually gunfire. At least two people suffered trample injuries or twisted ankles.

Authorities with multiple agencies responded to the scene to secure the businesses and check the area to ensure public safety.

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

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Sunday, 25 August 2019 18:49

Jewelry Store Robbery Causes Panic, Confusion

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MODESTO - Authorities from multiple agencies responded to the mall during a robbery Sunday afternoon that caused panic inside the building.

The incident caused panic and confusion as the robbers used hammers to break glass cases. The echoing sound was believed to be gunfire, causing people to run and hide, and in the process at least two people suffered trample injuries and twisted ankles.

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Police officers were assisted by Sheriff Deputies and CHP Officers, searching businesses around the mall and  helping those who were hiding.

Authorities say the suspects fled with an undisclosed amount of merchandise. Early reports indicate there were at least four suspects wearing dark clothing and may have fled in a black or silver car.

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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Tuesday, 20 August 2019 16:16

Students Arrested for School Threats

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MODESTO - Police arrested two students Tuesday after posting threats against a school to social media.

Officers were dispatched to investigate the threats at about 10:00pm Monday night after reports were made against students and staff at Beyer High School.

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Authorities say they were notified by a concerned student after seeing a post on Snapchat, depicting a student holding a firearm with the caption “don’t go to school tomorrow.”

Officers worked through the night and early Tuesday morning to determine the identities of the students involved. Through teamwork efforts, those two students were identified and arrested before school started Tuesday morning.

Police say neither student was armed, and no weapon was found. The weapon depicted in the social media post was determined to be a replica type pellet gun.

Extra staff and security arrangements were made Tuesday to help ensure the safety of staff and students. 

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