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Detectives from the Stockton Police Department developed information that Angel Baca and Steven Baca were involved in the homicide of Randal Valdivia. Valdivia was murdered on May 1, 2012 in the area of Sutter Street and Washington Street in Downtown Stockton. Yesterday, members from the Stockton Police Department Gang Street Enforcement Team (GSET) and the Fugitive Apprehension Team (US Marshal’s) arrested Angel Baca and Steven Baca in the area of Sierra Nevada Street and Harding Way. Detectives investigating this homicide believe the homicide was gang-related. Both Angel Baca and Steven Baca are documented gang members with the Stockton Police Department. The victim, Randal Valdivia, was also gang-affiliated. The suspect, Angel Baca, Hispanic male, 18 years old, a resident of Stockton, was subsequently booked into the San Joaquin County Jail for homicide and gangrelated charges. The suspect, Steven Baca, Hispanic male, 18 years old, a resident of Stockton, was subsequently booked into the San Joaquin County Jail for homicide and gangrelated charges.

Victor Efren Navar (Mug Shot)

Modesto Police Homicide Detectives have learned that the suspects involved in yesterday’s shooting in south Modesto was related to a drug transaction gone bad.

On Tuesday May 1, 2012, at about 12:47 P.M., Modesto Police officers were called to a residence in the 1500 block of Dezzani Lane in south Modesto for a report of a shooting. When officers arrived they located two adult male victims in the front of the residence suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers located a third shooting victim inside the residence who was deceased. Emergency personnel transported the two surviving victims to local hospitals where they remain in stable condition. The deceased male found inside the home has been identified as Ivan Ramirez, a 32-year-old Rio Dell resident.

Witnesses told officers the suspects were two Hispanic male adults, who were seen fleeing the residence in a 2-door black Mercedes car.

At about 4:12 P.M, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 5200 block of Prairie Flower Road in Ceres, for a male found deceased in a driveway to a residence. It appeared this deceased male was dropped off at this location. Modesto Police detectives responded to the scene and determined this deceased male was connected to the shooting on Dezzani Lane.

Homicide detectives have confirmed the deceased male was one of the suspects who fled in the black Mercedes. The deceased suspect has been identified as Armando Rubio, a 31-year-old Modesto resident, who had recently been released from state prison under the AB109 Prison Realignment program. Rubio died from a gunshot wound. In addition, police have recovered the black Mercedes on a rural road near Ceres.

The other suspect who fled in the black Mercedes with Rubio has been identified as Victor Efren Navar, a 35-year-old Modesto resident. Navar is currently wanted for murder and is considered armed and dangerous. Navar is also currently on parole.

Although the investigation is still ongoing, the initial investigation has revealed the shooting was a result of a drug deal gone bad. It appears there was an exchange of gun fire between the involved parties at the residence, which left four people shot, two of which have died. If you have any information regarding this incident 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.

Tuesday, 01 May 2012 01:14

Teen Missing In River Near Grayson

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Just before 5pm on Monday April 30th, rescue crews responded to the area of the Laird Slough for a report of a possible drowning. A group of teens were reportedly swimming in the river when one of them became distressed. One of the victim's friends attempted to pull him to safety but was unsuccessful. Another teen ran to a nearby fisherman and asked them to call 911. Rescue crews, including Sheriff Deputies and an air ambulance responded to the scene, but were unsuccessful in locating the victim, described only as a 17 year old male. The last known location of the victim, a pile of rocks near the river, was marked off by deputies for the dive team to begin their search in the morning.