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Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:00

Armed Duo in Stolen Car Arrested

MERCED - Police arrested two people Wednesday afternoon after they were located driving a stolen vehicle and carrying a gun.

Just after 3:00pm, police were dispatched to the area of West 12th Street for a report of a stolen vehicle. Officer Ruiz with the Gang Violence Suppression Unit was able to locate the vehicle. Officers stopped it and arrested the occupants.

During a search of the vehicle, officers located a short barreled shotgun in a gym back in the front passenger area. The firearm was loaded according to authorities.

Arrested were 47 year old Jesus Serena and 34 year old Irene Serena. They face various charges including firearm possession, ammunition possession, and possession of stolen property. Both were booked into jail.

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Published in Merced Crime
Friday, 08 January 2016 19:11

Sheriff K-9 Stabbed During Arrest

MODESTO - A Stanislaus County Sheriff's canine was stabbed while deputies were attempting to apprehend a man early Friday morning.

Just before 3:45am, a clerk at the Quick Stop market at 1501 Paradise Road called authorities to report a suspicious person. The clerk told a dispatcher that he thought the man, who authorities identified as 53 year old Wesley Brackney, was going to rob the business.

Deputies arrived at the business and located Brackney outside the store. Authorities say he immediately became confrontational with deputies and refused to comply with their orders. He was aggressive and verbally threatened deputies according to a press release.

Canine handler Wade Carr decided to deploy his partner Rocky instead of physically engaging Brackney. Authorities say Brackney had several opportunities to surrender before Rocky was deployed.

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As Rocky moved in, the suspect armed himself with a knife he was carrying and began to stab the dog. As he attacked the canine, deputies moved in and disarmed him. Backup arrived and Brackney was taken into custody. Rocky suffered four stab wounds to the head, neck and back. A vet was able to treat his wounds with stitches.

Brackney faces several charges including assault on a police canine, and assault on a peace officer. He also had an outstanding warrant for narcotics. Authorities say he has a lengthy criminal history including narcotics offenses. He is on probation and a registered narcotics offender.

After Brackney was arrested, he told deputies it was his intention to provoke them into a confrontation to shoot him, authorities say.

"I'm very proud of the restraint Deputy Carr and Deputy Martinez demonstrated during this armed confrontation," Sheriff Adam Christianson said. "Deputy Carr's canine partner was under attack and being actively stabbed. Deputy Carr certainly had justification to use deadly force in this confrontation to save his partner's life, but chose to physically engage Brackney to stop the assault, placing himself at great risk."

Neither deputy was injured during the confrontation.

Rocky, a 5 year old Belgian Malinois, is a two year veteran with the Sheriff's Office. He is expected to make a full recovery.

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Published in News
Tuesday, 05 January 2016 14:13

Modesto Police Seek Assault Suspect

MODESTO - Police are seeking a man who posed as a police officer and attempted to assault a woman in November.

Authorities say the incident happened on November 26th, 2015. A 43 year old woman stopped on 13th Street in Modesto after experiencing trouble with her vehicle. She was approached by a man in plain clothes who identified himself as a police officer and threatened to arrest her for a parking violation.

The man sat down in the passenger seat of the victim's vehicle. The victim started the car and began driving after several minutes with the suspect still inside. As the woman stopped in a nearby business parking lot, the suspect grabbed the woman's chest and began to pull his pants down.

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The suspect also tried to take the keys out of the ignition, but the victim drove off toward a group of people. When the suspect noticed the group, he exited the vehicle and fled on foot.

Authorities say the suspect is a white or hispanic male in his 20's or 30's. He is approximately 5'11'' and about 240lbs with short facial hair and acne scarring. He was wearing a dark colored hoodie, baseball cap and sweat pants. 

Police believe the assault was an isolated incident, as no other reports have been made. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Modesto Police Department at (209) 572-9500 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Published in Modesto Crime
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 10:05

Arrest Made in Riverbank Homicide

RIVERBANK - Authorities investigating a late night shooting death have arrested a person they say is responsible in the case.

At about 11:43pm Tuesday night authorities responded to the 2600 block of Topeka Street for a report of a person shot. Deputies arrived and found a 31 year old man down in the roadway suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Detectives responded to investigate and process the scene and interview witnesses. During the course of the investigation, officials determined that a domestic altercation may have taken place, leading to the victim being shot.

Authorities placed 22 year old Guillermo Medina under arrest and charged him with murder. Medina was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective Jesse Tovar at (209) 525-7080.

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MODESTO - Deputies with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office arrested an auto theft suspect thanks to an alert witness and a Facebook post.

Authorities were alerted by a witness who called 911 after seeing the social media post reporting the SUV stolen. A deputy with the sheriff's office caught up to the vehicle in southeast Modesto.

The driver of the SUV attempted to flee the deputy when a traffic stop was attempted. The driver entered the Creekwood neighborhood, where the deputy terminated the pursuit because of speeds and wet road conditions. As the deputy drove through the area, the vehicle was located at the intersection of Creekwood Drive and Leavenworth Way.

The vehicle was abandoned at the corner, and after a brief search the suspect was located hiding on the 700 block of Waddell Way.

The suspect, a 35 year old Hispanic man, was arrested on charges including auto theft, possession of stolen property, and narcotics. He also had a warrant for arrest by Modesto Police for robbery.

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Published in Modesto Crime
Friday, 11 December 2015 18:49

Father, Son Duo Arrested in Modesto Shooting

MODESTO - Police arrested two men in connection to a shooting near downtown Modesto earlier this week.

The shooting was reported at about 8:00pm Wednesday evening near the intersection of 14th and D Streets. The victim was struck multiple times in his vehicle near the intersection. He was transported by ambulance to an area hospital where officials say he is expected to survive.

Officers closed part of the intersection down to investigate, and found several spent shell casings nearby. Authorities believe the suspects drove alongside the victim's vehicle and shot at him.

During the course of the investigation, officers identified two suspects believed to be responsible in the shooting. As they followed up on the leads, officers located and stopped 54 year old David Tabing as he left the area of his home. Police waited in the area and arrested his son, 23 year old Joshua Tabing as he arrived home.

Officers were able to recover a weapon, believed to be used in the shooting.

The suspects are reportedly the father and brother of the victim's girlfriend. A motive for the shooting was under investigation according to police spokeswoman Heather Graves.

Both face attempted murder charges and were booked into the Stanislaus County Jail, with bail set at $250,000.

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Published in Modesto Crime

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, 11 December 2015 16:56

Suspected Package Thief Arrested

PATTERSON - Authorities announced the arrest of a man suspected of stealing packages on Wednesday afternoon.

Lourinzo Mixon, 20, was apprehended by deputies with Patterson Police Services after he was identified through surveillance video.

Mixon is suspected of being one of two people involved in recent thefts of packages from porches of homes. Authorities say they are working on identifying the second person involved in the thefts.

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Published in Crime

STOCKTON - Police have identified a person of interest in a November homicide and are asking for the public's help in locating him.

Authorities say 29 year old Don White has been identified as a person of interest in the November 21st shooting death of Gilbert Wilbon. The shooting happened on the 1500 block of South Lincoln Street.

Anyone with information regarding this case or Don White's whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377. You can also call Detective Fry at (209) 937-8323 or Crime Stoppers where you can remain anonymous at (209) 946-0600.

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Published in Stockton Crime
Friday, 11 December 2015 15:01

Modesto Police Investigate Bank Robbery

MODESTO - Police responded to a report of a bank robbery at a Wells Fargo branch Friday morning.

The robbery occurred at the bank on the 3400 block of McHenry Avenue.

Early reports indicate the suspect was dressed in a black peacoat, a black fedora style hat, gray pants and dress shoes. The suspect also had dark hair.

A green Dodge Caravan may have been used as the getaway vehicle, and was last seen fleeing through the parking lot.

We will post further details as information becomes available.

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