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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 14:36

Police Seek Fraud, Auto Theft Suspect

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CERES - Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a woman who they say attempted to cash a fraudulent check and stole a vehicle.

Authorities say the woman entered the Bank of America on Mitchell Road in Ceres on July 25th and attempted to cash a fraudulent check. The suspect attempted to use someone else's identification to cash the check but was unsuccessful.

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While she attempted to cash the check, she managed to steal another customer's keys from the counter and stole their vehicle. It was later found abandoned and recovered in Turlock.

A credit card that was in the stolen vehicle was later used at the Turlock Target store and a gas station in Manteca, authorities say.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the suspect's identity to contact Detective Trinidad Viramontes at (209) 538-5730, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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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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STOCKTON - Police investigated a shooting that injured two homeless men Sunday night.

The shootings were reported at about 8:30pm near the 900 block of West Weber. Police officers responded to the area for a report of a person shot and found a homeless man suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg.

The man was transported to a hospital where he is expected to recover. According to police, the man said he shot himself and threw the gun in the water.

As they were investigating that case, a second homeless man approached also suffering from a gunshot wound to the foot. Police say both men were uncooperative and gave conflicting information. Authorities are unsure if both shootings are related but say they most likely are.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

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LODI - Police arrested a suspect accused of stabbing a homeless man Friday after a foot pursuit.

Authorities say at about 2:00am on July 14th, officers responded to Lockeford Street for a report of a man who had been stabbed. Arriving officers located a male victim only described as a homeless person suffering from multiple stab wounds. 

Investigating officers were able to identify 24 year old Harlan Kenyon of Lodi as a suspect in the crime.

At about noon Friday, officers Located Kenyon near the 200 block of Daisy Avenue. He was safely taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit. 

Kenyon was booked for attempted murder and obstructing a peace officer.

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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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