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NEWMAN - Police arrested a Gustine man after authorities say he broke into a home, attempted to sexually assault a girl, then tried to kidnap her.

The incident was reported just after noon Friday at a residence near the 1000 block of N Street. Officers responded to a report of a home invasion burglary. Officers were advised that a man had entered the home while the resident and her daughter were inside. The man was said to be wearing a multi-colored shirt and yellow pants.

The suspect then tried to sexually assault the girl before taking her out of the home in an attempt to kidnap her. The mother ran to a neighbor's house to call 911 while a resident in the area confronted the suspect. The child was released during the confrontation.

The suspect fled the scene, but was later located as officers searched for him near the Oasis Mini Mart. He was taken into custody and positively identified as the suspect.

Edward Acton, 42 of Gustine, was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on numerous felony charges.

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Published in Crime
Friday, 19 December 2014 00:00

Kidnapped Woman Found Safe

STOCKTON - Police say a 32 year old woman is safe after reportedly being kidnapped at gunpoint Thursday night.

Police say 32 year old Lindsay Jenkins walked into the Pacific Avenue Radio Shack asking to use a phone. Jenkins reportedly began arguing over the phone with whoever was on the other line about drugs according to authorities.

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Jenkins went outside and a dark Honda Accord pulled up to her. She spoke to the passenger and began walking away when the passenger exited the vehicle armed with a gun. He pointed the gun in the air and yelled for her to get in the car.

When Jenkins continued to walk away, the passenger grabbed her by the shoulder and forced her in the vehicle.

Police say Jenkins was safe and at a hospital Friday evening.

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Published in News
Monday, 17 November 2014 00:00

Amber Alert Activated for San Andreas Teen

SAN ANDREAS - The California Highway Patrol has activated an amber alert for a teen reported missing.

Sergio Vazquez, 14, is believed to have been abducted by two unknown adults in a white van earlier Monday. The plate of the van is unknown.He is a hispanic male standing at about 5 feet 7 inches tall with brown hair and eyes. He weighs about 170 pounds. 

Vazquez was last seen wearing a black tee shirt, blue jeans and black snow boots. Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to call 911 or the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office at (209) 754-6030.

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Published in Breaking News
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 00:00

Four Arrested in Burned Bodies Case

MERCED COUNTY - Authorities have arrested four men who are being accused in the deaths of two men found in a burned car in a rural location on October 20th.

The discovery was made by farmers working the area just before 10am on October 20th. The vehicle was found in an orchard just off the road on Monte Vista Avenue east of Bledsoe Road. When the vehicle was located, the fire was already out.


The bodies of 29 year old Reyes Garcia Barona of Atwater and Rudolpho Barona, 32 of Sacramento were believed to be the burned remains found in the vehicle. Forensic testing of the remains would be required to officially confirm the identities of the victims.

The two men are said to be uncle and nephew, and reported missing by relatives. Authorities believe the men were abducted, held against their will and murdered. The victims' cause of death was not released.

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On October 23rd, authorities arrested Heliodora Silva Arreola, 37, Gerardo A. Silva, 25, and Salvador Silva, 23 in connection to the case. Later that same night officials arrested Monico J. Pena, 40, of Livingston. He faces charges including murder, kidnapping and false imprisonment and is being held on $1.1 million dollars bail. The other three suspects have a $1 million dollar bail.

It is believed the men were killed in connection to a drug debt.

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Published in Merced Crime
Monday, 20 January 2014 11:10

Police Investigate Reported Kidnapping


STOCKTON: A Juvenile girl is back safe with her family and a man behind bars after police say the girl was kidnapped and held for several days.

The victim says she was drug by her hair and held against her will at a home on the 700 block of Airport Way. The victim was beat over a period of 3-4 days while she was kept in the home. This morning she was able to escape and called her mother for help.

Police officers responded to the home to investigate and arrested 39 year old Thornton Cooley. He was booked on charges including kidnapping and drug possession.

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Wednesday, 06 November 2013 13:56

Man Held On Kidnap Charges

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On 11-05-2013, at 9:31 AM, Ceres Police responded to the 2700 block of Pyramid Avenue for a report of a man kidnapping a woman at gunpoint. Ceres officers arrived at the scene and checked the immediate area for a burgundy four-door car reported as the vehicle involved.

Allied agencies were alerted to be on the look out for this vehicle on main highways. Ceres officers learned that Daniel Alcantara, 24-year-old male from Ceres, had forced his live-in girlfriend, a 21-year-old Ceres resident, into his car. They have three children together.

Ceres investigators learned Daniel Alcantara and his girlfriend were at their home on Margaret Avenue in Ceres, and were in an argument over money. During the argument, Daniel Alcantara pulled his girlfriend’s hair. A friend of the victim transported her and her three children to her parent’s house on Pyramid Avenue in Ceres.

Alcantara drove to Pyramid Avenue. He parked around the corner and found his girlfriend sitting inside her friend’s car. Alcantara pulled the victim by the arm, ordering her to follow him to his car. She later told detectives she felt obligated to do what Alcantara said, to avoid upsetting her mother. The victim’s friend was holding the newborn child of Alcantara and the victim.

After the victim entered Alcantara’s car, he drove by the house of the victim’s parents, where the friend was standing with the newborn child. Alcantara pointed his pistol at them as he drove away.

Investigators had parked and watched Alcantara’s residence. Officers surrounded the car as he arrived and apprehended Alcantara without incident.

Alcantara is a convicted felon and is on searchable probation. Officers searched his home and found 9mm ammunition and a loaded 9mm Glock magazine. A pellet gun was also located. No firearms were inside the home or in his vehicle. Alcantara was arrested and charged for domestic violence, brandishing a firearm, and a felon in possession of ammunition.

Published in Crime
Monday, 01 April 2013 08:25

Possible Kidnapping In Stockton

On April 1, 2013, at 12:16 pm, a witness reported seeing a female subject described as a white female adult, in her 20’s, blonde hair, peach colored shirt, gray sweatpants, tan Uggs boots, in front of the 7-11 Store in the 2700 block of Country Club Blvd. The female was yelling something at two male subjects who were in a vehicle described as a green / blue Lexus, two door, California license plate 6FIF146. As the female started to walk away, Subject #1 exited the vehicle, went up to the female, put his arms around her, and walked her to the vehicle. The female continued talking to the two subjects and then entered the back seat of the vehicle. The vehicle drove away southbound Interstate 5 and possibly took the Monte Diablo Avenue exit.

The two subjects were described as:

Subject #1: African-American male, last seen wearing a black shirt and black jeans.

Subject #2: African-American male, last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.

The Stockton Police Department is encouraging citizens to call if they have information pertaining to this investigation. Callers are asked to call the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377, the Investigations Unit at (209) 937-8323, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600. Callers can remain anonymous.

Citizens may also text information from their cell phones to ‘CRIMES’ (274637) and type the keyword TIPSPD and then their tip or logon to the Stockton Police Department’s Facebook page and click submit a tip.

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January 9, 2013 the second suspect in the case where the biological brother of the victim kidnapped and raped her has been identified and arrested. 40 year old Feliciano San-Agostin of Planada was arrested and booked on $155,000 bail for conspiracy, kidnapping and making terrorist threats.

He was identified when a former boss of the original suspect, Apolinar Cortez, saw the booking photo in the paper. He knew the second suspect used to hang out with Cortez and also knew they were headed to Los Angeles at the time of the incident.

After contacting the Sheriff’s Office, Agostin was picked up and during questioning, confessed to helping plan and carry out the kidnapping. He said he was responsible for keeping lookout and controlling the victim on the drive home by making threats.

Published in Merced Crime
Monday, 07 January 2013 02:17

Woman Kidnapped, Raped By Brother

On January 6, 2013 the Merced County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest where a 26 year old woman was kidnapped against her will in Temple City Los Angeles, taken to Planada where she was held against her will and forcibly sexually assaulted.

The suspect, Apolinar Cortez 48 of Planada drove to Los Angeles with an accomplice, took the victim from her residence by force at knife point stating he would kill her if she didn’t do what he said late Friday night. The suspects then drove her to Cortez’s place of residence, a converted shack in the 100 block of Topeka Ave in Planada, arriving early Saturday morning. The second suspect then left while Cortez had sexual intercourse against the victim’s will stating he would kill her unless she did what he said. The victim is the biological sister of the suspect. Their relationship prior to this incident is unknown as to how often they spoke or got along. It is also unknown at this time how long he has harbored these feelings.

The victim was trapped inside the shed until Cortez left to get breakfast Sunday morning. The victim was able to escape, made contact with people who lived nearby and told them what had happened. They in turned called the Sheriff’s Office who responded and was able to locate and take Cortez into custody without incident as he was leaving the store he had breakfast. Detectives Dwayne Pavelski and Roberto Torres responded to process the crime scene and interview the suspect. Cortez confessed to the crimes stating he was in love with his sister.

The second suspect is still outstanding and anyone who may have seen him near the residence of knows anything about the case is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 209-385-7472.

Cortez remains in custody in lieu of 1.17 million dollars on kidnapping with rape, rape, false imprisonment and incest.

Published in Merced Crime
Monday, 15 October 2012 06:22

Stockton Mother Wanted In Taking Child

Today just before 9:30am, Shantesha Fluker went to 102 S San Joaquin St to have an unsupervised visit with her child that she does not have custody of. Fluker was holding the victim when she went to the lobby and left through the front door. The victim was last seen wearing a purple shirt with a white flower and ruffles, dark blue leggings, a white "onesie" with a white flower, and white/grey striped socks. The victim is at risk due to her young age. Fluker was last seen wearing a black jacket, black shorts, and turquiose colored glasses. Fluker has black hair with purple and blonde streaks braided in. Fluker has a tattoo on her right shoulder that reads "EPA". Last known address for Fluker is 4400 block of La Cresta Way in Stockton, Ca. Fluker is said to frequent the area of Kentfield Rd in Stockton, Ca. Fluker recently a purchased green1999 Mazda Protege (license plate 4GDE283). Anyone with information is urged to contact authorities immediately.

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