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SACRAMENTO - A 72 year old man and former police officer was arrested by authorities including the FBI who was said to be the suspect authorities have sought for so long dubbed “The East Area Rapist.”

The announcement of the arrest came following what authorities credit to be an advent in DNA technology. A discarded DNA sample belonging to 72 year old Joseph James DeAngelo was said to be the key to crack the case. During a press conference Wednesday afternoon at a Sacramento crime lab, Sheriff Scott Jones said that DeAngelo was surprised to be taken into custody by authorities who were conducting surveillance on him.

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Officials with the FBI were still at DeAngelo’s Citrus Heights home gathering evidence as of Thursday morning, two days after the arrest. The East Area Rapist is allegedly linked to at least 12 murders and dozens of rapes across the state.

Two cases in Modesto and two in Stockton have been reopened following the announcement of the arrest.

According to Heather Graves, spokeswoman for the Modesto Police Department, detectives were reassigned the cases Wednesday. Both incidents happened in June of 1978, and with the circumstances being similar, detectives are looking to see if there is a connection to DeAngelo.

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On September 16th, 1977, the suspect hit Stockton, terrorizing a married couple on the 3700 block of Portage Circle North. The suspect entered the bedroom shining a flashlight and said “don’t move or I’ll kill you.” At one point, he held a knife to the male victim’s throat, then led the woman out of the room and sexually assaulted her.

The second Stockton incident happened on March 18, 1978. Around 1:00am a man and his wife were awakened by the suspect who was holding a flashlight and a gun. Both victims were threatened and tied up, then he took the woman to another room where he sexually assaulted her.

DeAngelo served in the Navy, then was a police officer in Exeter, California and Auburn, California. He was terminated after being convicted of shoplifting a hammer and dog repellent from a store. He went on to work at a Save Smart distribution center from which he retired. Sheriff Jones said investigators are working to determine wether any of the crimes committed occurred during his time as a police officer.

DeAngelo is in custody on suicide watch.

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 16:11

Police Seek Identity of Package Thief

MODESTO - Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a woman caught on camera stealing a package.

Police say the woman was caught on video Monday stealing a package from the doorstep of a home near Creekwood Drive and Claus Road.

Police are asking anyone who may know the identity of the woman to contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 13:40

Modesto Man Killed in Crash

MANTECA - A 36 year old Modesto man was killed in a crash early Tuesday morning.

At about 5:35am, the victim was driving a 1998 Acura north of Airport Way south of Division Road at an unknown speed. According to the California Highway Patrol, the driver allowed the vehicle to move onto the gravel shoulder, then steered sharply to the left, causing him to lose control.

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The vehicle slid across Airport Way leaving the road and colliding with a tree. The driver was transported to by Ambulance to San Joaquin County General Hospital where he died.

Authorities say road conditions were very foggy, and drugs and alcohol haven’t been ruled out as a factor pending toxicology results.

Authorities are asking for any witnesses or anyone with information regarding the crash to contact Stockton CHP at (209) 938-4800.

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 13:25

18 Year Old Killed in Shooting

STOCKTON - Police are investigating the shooting death of an 18 year old man that happened late Tuesday morning.

At about 11:20 police responded to the 4100 block of Colfax Court for a report of a person shot. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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No suspect information was available. The victim was an 18 year old man, according to police spokesman Officer Joe Silva.

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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Monday, 16 April 2018 22:45

Two Arrested in Turlock Homicide Case

TURLOCK - Police arrested two suspects in connection to a homicide case early Sunday morning.

At about 1:25am, police received a report of a man down near the intersection of South First and D Streets. The call indicated that the man was struck by a vehicle and possibly deceased.

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Officers arrived and located the vicitm who was suffering from critical injuries. He was rushed to a hospital where he later died.

Detectives responded to the scene and determined that the victim was intentionally run over and murdered. Police identified and arrested 18 year old Jose Alonso Gutierrez. He was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on a homicide charge without bail.

Investigators were able to identify a second person in the case and arrested 19 year old Bailey Martin Sanchez. He was booked on charges of accessory to murder and carjacking with bail set at $150,000.

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The victim in the case was not identified by authorities. Police did not specify if the victim was struck during a carjacking, or if the vehicle he was struck with belonged to him.

Authorities are encouraging anyone with information regarding this case to contact Detective Brandon Bertram at (209) 664-7323, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Sunday, 15 April 2018 11:06

Shooting Victim Rushed to Hospital

STOCKTON - A shooting injured one person late Saturday night.

Shortly before 11:30pm, officers working an unrelated call in the Bear Creek district heard gunfire in the area. They later located a victim suffering from at least one gunshot wound near the intersection of Acapulco Way and Ponce De Leon Avenue. 

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The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment. No update on the victim's condition was available as of the posting of this article. The suspect was described as an Asian man in his 30's.

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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OAKLAND - A man wanted in connection to the murder of a Modesto woman was apprehended in the bay area late Thursday morning.

Kelvin Simpson, 51, was named as a suspect by police in the death of his wife, 47 year old Shannon Simpson. Shannon was found deceased in her home on Coffee Villa Drive Tuesday. Detectives initially investigated the case as a suspicious death, but it was later classified as a homicide.

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Authorities in Oakland found the suspect sitting in a vehicle. They breached a window to the vehicle after Simpson did not respond to authorities commands and deployed pepper spray. He was taken into custody shortly after.

Investigators encourage anyone with information regarding this case to contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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STOCKTON - A prostitution investigation led to the closure of a motel known for the illegal activity on Wednesday.

Police served a search warrant at the Pacific Inn Motel on the 1700 block of North Wilson Way Wednesday afternoon. During the investigation, authorities discovered $80,000 cash.

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Police filed charges with the District Attorney’s Office including procuring a prostitute and keeping a house of prostitution. Code Enforcement officials inspecting the property located electrical issues with the business requiring its closure.

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Tuesday, 03 April 2018 13:37

Woman Dies After Being Struck by Car

MODESTO - A 34 year old woman died as a result of her injuries after being struck by a vehicle late Sunday morning.

The crash was reported at about 11:00am near the intersection of North 9th Street north of Carver Road. Emergency crews arrived and found the woman, identified as 34 year old Vanessa Julian, down in the roadway. She was rushed to a hospital where she died.

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According to the investigation, Julian was pushing her bicycle across North 9th Street when she was struck by a 2015 Hyundai Veloster. Police say she was outside of a crosswalk when the collision happened. The involved driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.

Police have not determined a cause to the crash and do not believe alcohol or drug impairment are factors. Authorities still need to examine evidence and are seeking additional witnesses.

Anyone with information regarding this crash is encouraged to contact Officer Randy Raduechel at (209) 572-9154, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Monday, 02 April 2018 10:59

Double Homicide Investigated

STOCKTON - Police investigated a shooting that left two dead Saturday afternoon.

The shooting happened on the 1700 block of Harbor Street shortly before 3:30pm. Arriving officers found two males who were shot inside of a home. One of them, a man in his 20's, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The second victim was rushed to an area hospital where he died from his injuries.

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Homicide detectives responded to investigate the shooting, however no suspect information or motive has been established.

Authorities are encouraging anyone with information 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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