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Man arrested after hiding in vehicle during traffic stop and putting child at risk of death early Wednesday morning

On Wednesday, June 29th, 2022, at 12:24 am, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of Grant Ave and W Olive Ave, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

When the officer approached the vehicle, the driver refused to lower the windows. Due to not being able to see inside the vehicle because of its dark tinted windows and no response from anyone inside, the officer backed away and waited for additional units.

When additional units arrived, they surrounded the vehicle and started making several announcements for the occupants to exit the vehicle.

After about twenty minutes of not getting any response, officers approached the vehicle. Once at the vehicle, officers noticed what appeared to be someone hiding behind the front seat. Additional commands were given, but there was still no response. Officers breached the rear right window and discovered a seven year old boy in the back seat. They removed him from the vehicle and then discovered Julio Mancillas, 31, of Turlock, hiding in the rear cargo area. Mancillas was arrested without further incident.

Mancillas was on parole and was the father of the child in the vehicle. While speaking with Mancillas, officers formed the opinion that he was under the influence of narcotics.

The child was put at serious risk of death because officers had rifles pointed at the vehicle, not knowing that the child was in it. Luckily, he only suffered minor injuries from glass cuts. He was treated on scene by American Medical Response, comforted by officers, and then released to his mother who came and picked him up.

Mancillas was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of child endangerment under circumstances likely to produce great bodily harm or death, resisting a peace officer, driving under the influence of drugs, and violation of parole.

Man arrested after lighting apartment window screen on fire early Sunday morning

On Sunday, June 26th, 2022, at 12:56 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported disturbance in progress at the apartment complex at 90 Pedras Rd, Turlock.

Officers arrived on scene and residents pointed out Alissa Cornell, 40, of Modesto, so they made contact with her.

Another officer made contact with the residents, one of which stated that they were inside their apartment looking out their window when they noticed a man shining a flashlight inside vehicles that were in the parking lot. They yelled at the man, who then made a threatening statement. The victim remained in their apartment and when they looked outside their window again, they discovered that their window screen was on fire. Everyone in the apartment evacuated, called police, and quickly put the fire out. That’s when the man fled the area, but the residents noticed Cornell in the apartment complex, who was not fleeing. The residents formed the belief that Cornell was with the man.

Officers speaking with Cornell also believed she was with the man so they obtained a statement from her. While obtaining a statement, officers formed the belief that Cornell was under the influence of narcotics and unable to care for herself.

Cornell was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of public intoxication.

At 2:22 am, the victim called police again to report that the man who had lit their window screen on fire was back at the apartment complex. Officers arrived within a couple minutes and began checking the area, but were unable to locate him. Right after they called off the search, the victim called police once again to report that the man was back at the apartment complex, this time causing a disturbance and kicking a wheelbarrow. Officers arrived in less than a minute and contacted him as he was running away southbound through an alleyway.

The man stopped and was identified as Edward Gonzales, 40, of Turlock. After being positively identified by the victim, Gonzales was arrested.

Gonzales was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of arson of an inhabited structure or property.

Drunk man arrested after randomly attacking three and causing head injury early Tuesday morning

On Tuesday, June 28th, 2022, at 12:11 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported disturbance in progress at Balboa Park, 1360 Shady Ln, Turlock, where a man was knocking on a random door and yelling.

As officers were responding, they were informed that the incident had been upgraded to an assault and battery in progress. The suspect had begun attacking people and allegedly stating that he wanted to commit murders.

When officers arrived on scene, they on-viewed Trenton Hickey, 18, of Stockton still actively attacking people. He and another subject were detained in handcuffs for further investigation.

Officers began investigating and learned that there were three victims. Two female victims suffered minor injuries and refused to be transported to the hospital. One male victim, the second subject who was originally detained, suffered a moderate injury to the back of his head caused by a glass bottle being thrown. He was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital.

Hickey’s motive for the random attack remains unclear, however, he was displaying objective symptoms of being under the influence.

Hickey was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, battery, and public intoxication.

Man arrested for robbery after threatening victim while stealing alcohol Monday night

On Monday, June 27th, 2022, at 10:43 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported larceny that had just occurred at Chevron Food Mart, 881 N Golden State Blvd, Turlock, after a man had just stolen alcohol from the business.

Officers arrived on scene and contacted Angelo Gomez, 26, of Turlock, who was behind the business and matched the description given of the suspect. He was detained in handcuffs for further investigation.

One of the officers made contact with the victim and learned that the incident was actually a robbery, not a larceny. Gomez had entered the business and tried to purchase items, including alcohol, with his credit card. When his transaction was declined, he took the items and began walking out of the store, stating that he was going to get money. The victim clerk then ran after Gomez who reportedly turned around, tried to hit him, and threatened him. Because Gomez used fear to aid him in his escape, that’s what escalated the incident to a robbery. That’s when the victim then retreated and called police.

The victim was brought out to Gomez and asked to confirm that that was the man who had robbed him, which he did.

Gomez was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of robbery.

Two detached garages lost to fire Sunday night

On Sunday, June 26th, 2022, at 11:23 pm, the Turlock Fire Department, Modesto Fire Department, Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit, Turlock Police Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported residential working structure fire in the 700 block of E Main St, Turlock.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found two detached garages on fire, one of which was fully involved. Firefighters immediately began fire attack in the offensive strategy.

After about ten minutes, firefighters were able to get the fire under control, however, it took an additional hour to completely put the fire out.

At some point during fire attack, firefighters had a live power line go down in the immediate area where they were working. Luckily, it didn’t touch anyone.

Firefighters remained on scene for an extended period of time conducting overhaul, investigation, and other post fire activities.

The Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit responded to the scene to investigate the fire, the Turlock Police Department responded to the scene to provide traffic control, American Medical Response responded to the scene to provide firefighter and patient care, the Turlock Irrigation District and Pacific Gas and Electric Company responded to secure utilities, while the Modesto Fire Department and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District provided city coverage for the duration of the incident.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire remains unclear.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit at 209-525-5537.

Woman arrested after breaking into home’s detached garage Sunday morning

On Sunday, June 26th, 2022, at 9:20 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported trespass that had just occurred at a residence in the 200 block of E Linwood Ave, Turlock, after a woman had been seen in the backyard of the residence stealing recyclables.

The woman had gotten into a vehicle and fled the area, however, the victim was able to get her vehicle description and license plate number prior to her escape.

About twenty minutes later, an officer in the 200 block of Almond Ave came across the vehicle with the woman in a nearby dumpster. She was detained in handcuffs for further investigation and identified as Carrie Miller, 48, of Ceres.

During the investigation, officers discovered that Miller had not only stolen recyclables from the backyard, however, she had also made entry into a detached garage. It’s currently unclear whether anything was stolen from said detached garage.

Ultimately, Miller was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of burglary.

Woman arrested after stolen vehicle recovered same day as reported Saturday evening

On Saturday, June 25th, 2022, at 5:05 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported auto theft recovery near the intersection of Vermont Ave and Angelus Ct, Turlock, after someone noticed a stolen vehicle which belonged to one of their family members.

Officers arrived on scene and found Rory Bridgeforth, 52, of Turlock, in the vehicle.

Bridgeforth was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle.

It should be noted that the vehicle was reported stolen a little earlier during the same day.

Traffic stop leads to arrest for drug sales Friday night

On Friday, June 24th, 2022, at 10:20 pm, a Turlock Police officer near C&W Machine Shop, 351 N Walnut Rd, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with the vehicle’s driver and identified him as David Calderon, 24, of Keyes.

The officer had his dispatcher run Calderon and he returned with a misdemeanor warrant out of Modesto for possession of marijuana for sale.

Calderon was arrested.

Calderon’s vehicle was searched incident to arrest which led to the discovery of a substance believed to be cocaine, Hydrocodone pills, approximately four pounds of marijuana, cash, and drug sale paraphernalia.

Calderon was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of marijuana for sale, and transporting marijuana for sale, as well as his warrant.

Traffic stop leads to felony warrant arrest for ammunition charge Sunday evening

On Sunday, June 26th, 2022, at 5:22 pm, a Turlock Police officer near Broadway Park, 501 N Broadway, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with the vehicle’s driver, Marion Phillips, 66, of Turlock, and was informed by him that he believed he had a felony warrant.

The officer had his dispatcher run Phillips and sure enough, he returned with a felony warrant for possession of ammunition by a prohibited person and possession of methamphetamines. He also returned with two misdemeanor warrants, both for driving with a suspended driver’s license due to a DUI conviction.

Phillips was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on his warrants.

Wanted gangster arrested during bar disturbance early Sunday morning

On Sunday, June 26th, 2022, at 1:46 am, a Turlock Police officer near The Grand Cru, 130 W Main St, Turlock, came up on a disturbance in progress in front of the business.

One of the involved subjects, Juan Eriberto Ramos, 22, of Modesto, was detained for further investigation.

When officers ran Ramos, they discovered that he had three warrants. Two were felony warrants for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon or person addicted to a narcotic, possession of ammunition by a prohibited person, possession of a firearm by a juvenile court ward before the age of 30, and participating in a criminal street gang, and one was a misdemeanor warrant for reckless driving and driving without a valid driver’s license.

Ramos was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on his warrants.

Amazon delivery driver arrested after attempting to rape woman in her home Friday morning

On Friday, June 24th, 2022, at 11:31 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported disturbance in progress in the 2300 block of Lander Ave, Turlock, after an Amazon delivery driver had attempted to attack a woman.

When officers arrived on scene, they found Ryan Lee Crisp, 22, of Modesto, being restrained on the ground by two men. Crisp was detained in handcuffs for further investigation.

Officers began investigating and learned that Crisp arrived at the residence in an Amazon delivery van wearing an Amazon delivery uniform. Crisp uninvitedly entered the residence through the open front door and made a statement to the victim inside about her attractive appearance. The victim then screamed for help from her husband and together they were able to push Crisp out of their residence, shutting the front door. The victim then locked herself in the bathroom and called police, while her husband went outside to search for Crisp.

The husband’s co-worker who was waiting outside the home observed Crisp jumping a fence into the backyard of the residence and running back toward the house. The husband and co-worker then discovered that Crisp had gained access into the home again by breaking a bedroom window. The two eventually located Crisp inside the residence looking for the victim and restrained him until the arrival of officers.

During the incident, Crisp suffered minor injuries, however, refused any transport or treatment.

Crisp was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of attempted rape, burglary, and vandalism over $400.

While Crisp arrived in an Amazon delivery van wearing an Amazon delivery uniform, he does not directly work for Amazon. He is employed by Soon Express Inc., a third-party company out of Manteca contracted by Amazon to perform their deliveries. Evidence at the scene indicated that Crisp was not there to deliver any Amazon packages to that address at the time.

At this point, detectives believe that this is an isolated incident, however, are working to confirm it.

“While the Turlock Police Department does not believe this incident should directly reflect on any of the delivery companies operating in the local area, all residents should be cautious when receiving packages from unknown delivery personnel,” said Turlock Police Sergeant Michael Parmley. “The Turlock Police Department urges anyone who experiences or witnesses any suspicious behavior to report it to your local authorities,” he continued.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Detective Brandon Bertram at 209-664-7323.

Victim stabbed after man begins random altercation with him Thursday night

On Thursday, June 23rd, 2022, at 11:27 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported aggravated assault near the intersection of Lander Ave and W Main St, Turlock, after a man had reportedly been stabbed there.

When officers arrived in the area, they attempted to make contact with the victim, however, he was uncooperative and rode away on his bicycle.

Paramedics were able to eventually make contact with the victim in the 300 block of E Main St and they transported him to a local hospital with moderate injuries.

Officers went to the hospital to attempt to make contact with the victim again and he was cooperative this time. He told them that the incident had actually occurred at the bus stop in front of Mister Car Wash, 487 N Golden State Blvd. He had been sitting at the bus stop when an unknown male subject approached him and started asking if he was following him. The subject then began assaulting the victim and the victim fought back. At some point during the altercation, the subject stabbed the victim and left. The victim then made his way to Lander Avenue and West Main Street where bystanders began calling police after they saw the man bleeding.


The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Benjamin Silva at 209-668-6528.

Two arrested for felony warrants during traffic stop Thursday evening

On Thursday, June 23rd, 2022, at 6:21 pm, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of northbound State Route 99 and Fulkerth Rd, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with the vehicle’s occupants and identified them as Arturo Cervantes, 44, of Stockton and Tina Gonzales, 44, of Modesto.

The officer had his dispatcher run both subjects and both returned with felony warrants. Cervantes for grand theft and Gonzales for bringing a controlled substance or drug paraphernalia into a jail or prison. Gonzales also returned with an additional misdemeanor warrant for identity theft.

Both were arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on their warrants.

Man arrested for child pornography distribution Thursday afternoon

On Thursday, June 23rd, 2022, at 12:56 pm, Turlock Police detectives arrested Jonathan Barajas Lara, 21, of Turlock, at his home at Avena Bella Apartments, 500 W Linwood Ave, Turlock, during an investigation into child pornography.

Earlier in the month, the Turlock Police Department had received a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The tip was investigated by high tech crimes detectives and required a search warrant to obtain data and information to identify who was using the account suspected of receiving and sending child pornography.

With the information obtained from the search warrant, detectives were able to identify a user and a location where the data had been downloaded and uploaded from.

Detectives obtained a second search warrant, this one for Lara’s home, and served it Thursday afternoon, seizing a few electronic devices. Lara was also found at his home, arrested, and taken to the Turlock Police Department for questioning.

Afterwards, Lara was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography.

Throughout the course of the investigation, over 300 pieces of child pornography were located. None of them appear to contain any local victims at this time. Depending on the results of the forensic analysis of Lara’s electronic devices that were seized during the service of the search warrant, he may be facing additional charges in the future.

“We continue to focus our efforts in cases such as these for victims of these egregious crimes,” said Detective Gina Giovacchini. “I encourage anyone who knows or suspects anyone who is participating in child exploitation to report this activity to their local law enforcement agency.”

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Detective Gina Giovacchini at 209-668-6539.

Jonathan Barajas Lara

Kohl’s shoplifter arrested after being followed by employee Wednesday night

On Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022, at 8:57 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported larceny that had just occurred at Kohl’s, 2751 Countryside Dr, Turlock, after a man had left the store with jewelry and shoes that he had not paid for.

An employee from the business followed the man from a distance, updating police dispatch with his location which was relayed to responding officers.

Eventually, officers located the man in the 2400 block of Craftsman St with the stolen property in his possession and took him into custody. He was identified as Octavio Alatorre, 27, of Merced.

A search incident to arrest led to the discovery of drug paraphernalia.

Alatorre was released on a citation on charges of petty theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Brenda Athletic Clubs president arrested for DUI after crashing into parked vehicle Wednesday night

On Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022, at 11:04 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries in the 2300 block of Colorado Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found two vehicles involved. One was a gray BMW coupe and the other was a black Chevrolet pickup truck.

The gray BMW coupe had a single occupant, its driver, Thomas Brenda, 61, of Turlock. He suffered minor injuries and refused to be transported to the hospital. The black Chevrolet pickup truck was parked and unoccupied.

Both vehicles sustained moderate damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away.

Officers began investigating and determined that Brenda was traveling northbound on Colorado Ave approaching E Tuolumne Rd at an unknown speed. As Brenda was passing the black Chevrolet pickup truck which was legally parked on the side of the road and unoccupied, he allowed his vehicle to veer off the path of travel to the right which resulted in a collision with the front right side of his vehicle and the rear left side of the black Chevrolet pickup truck.

Officers noticed that Brenda was exhibiting objective symptoms of being under the influence, so they asked him if he would be willing to participate in standardized field sobriety tests. He refused. Officers then asked if he would be willing to blow into a preliminary alcohol screening device, which he also refused. Brenda made the statement that he was coming from a local bar, however, he stated that he had only drank water six hours ago. Based on the objective symptoms Brenda was exhibiting, the fact that he had just been involved in a collision caused by a common primary collision factor with drunk drivers, the fact that he stated that he was coming from a local bar, and the totality of the circumstances, officers determined that he was under the influence of alcohol.

Brenda was arrested and transported to a local hospital for a blood draw as required by California’s implied consent law. The results of the blood draw revealed that Brenda had a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater.

Brenda was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater. He was also issued an administrative driver’s license suspension order by the California Department of Motor Vehicles and his vehicle was impounded.

Brenda is the president of Brenda Athletic Clubs which currently has two locations, one in Turlock and one in Modesto. When checking to see if Brenda has any prior DUI arrests, we came across a local criminal conviction from 2012. It’s currently unclear if that was also for DUI or for something else.

Man arrested on felony warrant and drug sale charges early Monday morning

On Monday, June 20th, 2022, at 1:29 am, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of N First St and Florence St, Turlock, made contact with a suspicious vehicle whose occupants had just been seen walking away from the area of a prowler in a backyard call.

The officer made contact with the vehicle’s two occupants, including Colton Babb, 35, of Turlock. The officer then had his dispatcher run both subjects and Babb returned with a felony warrant for flight from a peace officer with disregard to public safety.

Babb was also found to be in post release community supervision, which allows his person and his property to be searched at any time by any peace officer. Officers learned that Babb had a motel room nearby so they went there to perform a PRCS search. During the search, officers came into contact with Leilani Dixon, 51, of Turlock, who was in Babb’s room.

The search led to the discovery of narcotics, including some which appeared to be for sale.

Both Babb and Dixon were arrested. Babb was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of possession of methamphetamines for sale as well as his felony warrant, while Dixon was released on a citation on charges of possession of methamphetamines.

Wanted shoplifter in possession of narcotics arrested during bicycle stop early Monday morning

On Monday, June 20th, 2022, at 12:13 am, a Turlock Police officer in the 1000 block of E Linwood Ave, Turlock, observed a bicycle vehicle the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with the bicyclist and identified him as Isaiah Gomez, 27, of Turlock. The officer then had his dispatcher run Gomez and he returned with two misdemeanor warrants for shoplifting.

A search of Gomez was performed incident to arrest which led to the discovery of narcotics.

Gomez was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges possession of methamphetamines as well as his two misdemeanor warrants.

Man on parole for burglary arrested after trying to break into closed business during broad daylight Saturday afternoon

On Saturday, June 18th, 2022, at 1:22 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported commercial burglary in progress at Lifestyle Realty, 2051 Geer Rd, Turlock, after a subject had been seen on monitored surveillance cameras trying to forcefully open the door of the closed business.

When officers arrived on scene, they made contact with the subject and identified him as Thomas Rodrigues, 38, of Turlock.

Officers began investigating and learned that Rodrigues was on parole for burglary. Although Rodrigues had not actually committed a burglary by simply trying to open the businesses’ closed doors, his parole agent was contacted who made the decision to place him on a hold pending a parole revocation hearing.

Rodrigues was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of violation of parole.

Woman arrested, second wanted after spraying The Home Depot loss prevention officer with scorpion killer spray during robbery Friday afternoon

On Friday, June 17th, 2022, at 12:22 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported robbery at The Home Depot, 2800 Countryside Dr, Turlock.

Responding officers were given the suspect vehicle description and they checked the area, however, were unable to locate it.

Officers went to the business and were met by a loss prevention officer who told them that he had observed two female subjects attempting to conceal items. They were later identified as Augustina Chavez, 29, of Turlock, and Lacy Gibbons, 32, of Modesto. When he confronted the two as they were exiting the store, they began arguing with him. Eventually Chavez took a can of scorpion killer spray from nearby and sprayed it at the loss prevention officer’s face. This escalated the theft into a robbery. Gibbons then pushed him out of their way and they fled in their vehicle

The loss prevention officer was able to wipe the spray from his face before it caused injury to him.

The following day, at 7:09 pm, members of the Turlock Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit located the suspect vehicle unoccupied. They determined that Gibbons was the registered owner and they called her to respond to it. When Gibbons arrived, they arrested her. Investigators then called Chavez and spoke to her on the phone, however, she refused to turn herself in.

Gibbons was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of robbery and conspiracy.

Chavez is currently wanted on the same charges.

Man with two felony warrants arrested after being recognized by officer Sunday evening

On Sunday, June 19th, 2022, at 7:05 pm, a Turlock Police officer near Krone America Sales & Service Center, 2544 Industrial Rowe, Turlock, noticed a subject later identified as Jamie Sampson, 37, of Georgia, which he recognized as a wanted person.

The officer made contact with Sampson and verified his identity. He then had his dispatcher run him to verify the warrants. Sampson returned with two felony warrants and one misdemeanor warrant for possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of methamphetamines, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and grand theft.

Sampson was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on his warrants.

Man falls out of moving vehicle due to defective door latch Saturday night

On Saturday, June 18th, 2022, at 11:35 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of W Main St and Grant Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a single vehicle involved, a white Chevrolet pickup truck.

The vehicle had a single occupant, a 40-year old Hispanic male who suffered minor injuries and refused to be transported to the hospital.

Officers noticed that the subject was exhibiting objective symptoms of being under the influence, so they asked him if he would participate in standardized field sobriety tests. He agreed and completed them. Officers then asked if he would be willing to blow into a preliminary alcohol screening device, which he also agreed to and completed. Based on the results of the tests, officers determined that the subject had been drinking, however, he was not yet intoxicated.

The vehicle sustained minor damage and was able to be driven away from the scene.

Officers began investigating and learned that the subject was traveling southbound on Grant Ave and in the process of making a westbound turn onto W Main St, when his driver door with a defective latch swung open. The subject was not wearing his seatbelt and because he was in the process of making a turn, he fell out of his vehicle and hit the asphalt. His vehicle then proceeded in a southwesterly direction up onto the curb, struck and ran over a pedestrian crossing sign, and came to final rest on top of the sign on the sidewalk.

Transient living in RV loses home to fire early Saturday morning

On Saturday, June 18th, 2022, at 12:18 am, the Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to a reported vehicle fire at Harbor Freight Tools, 2800 N Tegner Rd, Turlock.

A Turlock Police officer happened to be patrolling right around the corner and heard the commotion from where he was at, so he made his way over there. When he arrived, he found a recreational vehicle just barely pulled into the parking lot off the street with an active engine fire. Its owner was standing nearby and confirmed that no one else was in it.

By the time firefighters arrived on scene, the fire had spread to the rest of the RV and it was fully involved. Firefighters began fire attack and were able to bring the fire under control in about ten minutes.

Unfortunately, by the time the fire extinguished, everything in the RV was a total loss. The RV’s owner was a transient and he lived out of that RV. Everything he owned was gone.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

Carjacker arrested within ten minutes of call Thursday evening

On Thursday, June 16th, 2022, at 7:21 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported armed robbery that had just occurred at Broadway Park, 501 N Broadway, Turlock, after a man had just approached another man, held him at gunpoint, and taken his vehicle.

Officers immediately began searching the area for the vehicle, a gray Ford SUV, and came across it in the 1200 block of Magic Sands Way. Standing next to it was a subject later identified as William Kealeni Castillo, 40, of Turlock. When Castillo noticed officers, he immediately began fleeing from them northbound on foot, going through backyards and jumping over a barbed wire fence.

After Castillo jumped the barbed wire fence, he was met by a sergeant who was waiting for him. Castillo surrendered and was arrested, all within about ten minutes of the call coming in.

Castillo suffered minor injuries after being cut by the barbed wire fence. He refused to be transported to the hospital.

Castillo was determined to have several warrants, some felony, out of Turlock, Modesto, Stanislaus County, and San Francisco for charges including burglary, joy riding, possession of a stolen vehicle, domestic violence causing corporal injury, and petty theft.

The victim was brought to Castillo and asked if that was who had carjacked him, which he confirmed.

It should also be noted that Castillo was wearing a FedEx uniform shirt when he was arrested. We have reached out to FedEx to see if he is or has ever been employed by them and are yet to hear back.

Castillo was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of carjacking, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon or person addicted to a narcotic, possession of ammunition by a prohibited person, resisting a peace officer, and possession of methamphetamines.

The stolen vehicle was returned back to its rightful owner not wrecked, stripped, or burned.

Man arrested after running over officer’s foot and fleeing Tuesday evening

On Tuesday, June 14th, 2022, at 8:00 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported suspicious incident in the 1100 block of English Ave, Turlock, after several vehicles had been seen blocking the roadway with subjects hanging out around them smoking.

Officers arrived on scene and contacted Santiago Cornejo, 19, of Turlock, who was seated in a vehicle. Officers believed that Cornejo had narcotics in his vehicle, so they asked him to exit, however, he refused. Officers continued talking to Cornejo through his driver window, trying to convince him to exit, when he suddenly took off at a high rate of speed and ran over an officer’s foot.

Assisting officers attempted to give chase, however, Cornejo managed to get away.

Surrounding law enforcement agencies, including the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office, were notified of the incident to be on the lookout for Cornejo’s vehicle.

At about 9:07 pm, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office received a notification from one of their automatic license plate readers at the intersection of East Ave and Oleander Ln that Cornejo’s vehicle had just been in that area. Cornejo was known to live at a house right at that intersection, so officers went there and made contact with some subjects nearby who were later determined to be his family members.

The family members told officers that Cornejo was not there, however, they called him and were eventually able to convince him to come home and surrender.

At about 10:10 pm, Cornejo arrived home and was arrested.

Cornejo was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of hit and run with injuries and resisting a peace officer.

Officer Zachary Schell was who had his foot run over. He suffered minor injuries and has already returned to work.

Neighborhood feud results in attempted murder arrest after man intentionally struck by vehicle Monday afternoon

On Monday, June 13th, 2022, at 4:09 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported weapon offense in progress in the 800 block of Julian St, Turlock, after a man had been spotted in the middle of the roadway next to two vehicles holding a small black revolver.

As officers arrived on scene, they observed a black BMW sedan being driven by who was later identified as Michael Garcia, 20, of Turlock, obviously attempting to strike who was later identified as Anthony Chaney, 23, of Turlock, the man who allegedly had the revolver.

Garcia was eventually able to strike Chaney with his vehicle. Chaney landed on Garcia’s windshield and held on as Garcia fled eastbound on Julian St.

Officers conducted a high risk stop near the intersection of Grant Ave and Chestnut St where they detained both Garcia and Chaney for further investigation.

The investigation revealed that the incident was the result of a neighborhood feud and that Chaney had also assaulted an elderly victim and vandalized a vehicle.

The revolver that Chaney was alleged to have was never located.

Chaney suffered minor injuries as a result of being struck by Garcia’s vehicle, however, he refused to be transported to the hospital.

Both Garcia and Chaney were arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center, Garcia on charges of attempted murder and Chaney on charges of assault and vandalism.

Proactiveness leads to three felony arrests within hour Wednesday night

On Wednesday, June 15th, 2022, at 10:13 pm, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of Spruce St and High St, Turlock, observed a subject randomly jump out of a vehicle and begin running, so he made contact with him.

The officer identified the subject as Alexander Stokes, 30, of Valley Springs, and had his dispatcher run him. He returned with a felony warrant for joyriding.

Stokes was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on his warrant.

It remains unclear why he jumped out of the vehicle and began running. Other officers checked the area for the vehicle he jumped out of but were unable to locate it.

About forty minutes later at 10:51 pm, another Turlock Police officer near the intersection of S Golden State Blvd and Marshall St observed Scott Tackett, 30, of Turlock, driving a U-Haul truck. The officer recognized Tackett and knew he had at least one felony warrant, so he made a traffic stop on him.

The officer made contact with Tackett and his passenger, Joslin Chadwick, 26, of Turlock, and had his dispatcher run both of them. Sure enough, Tackett returned with several felony and misdemeanor warrants for organized retail theft, possession of burglary tools, grand theft, shoplifting, making criminal threats, petty theft, and driving with a suspended driver’s license due to a DUI conviction. Additionally, Joslin returned with a felony warrant for grand theft and shoplifting as well as a misdemeanor warrant for trespassing into a dwelling.

Both Tackett and Chadwick were arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on their warrants.

About ten minutes later at 11:03 pm, the same Turlock Police officer from the first warrant arrest near the intersection of W Main St and West Ave N observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with the vehicle’s driver and his passenger, identified as Martin Marroquin, 34, of Turlock, and had his dispatcher run him. Both returned clear, however, Marroquin was on post release community supervision for weapon related charges and as a part of his terms, can be searched by any peace officer at any time without probable cause or a warrant. A search was conducted which led to the discovery of narcotics and paraphernalia.

Marroquin was arrested and released on a citation on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both the officers involved in these arrests are known for being extremely proactive and try to make as many arrests as they can throughout their shift by constantly making stops and looking for those who are up to no good.

Man arrested after stolen trailer discovered during traffic stop Tuesday night

On Tuesday, June 14th, 2022, at 11:16 pm, a Turlock Police officer near Mario’s Authentic Tacos, 216 N Golden State Blvd, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with the vehicle’s occupant, Thomas Joseph King, 58, of Atwater, and had his dispatcher run him. King returned clear. When the officer had his dispatcher run the vehicle identification number of the trailer he was towing, it returned stolen.

King was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle.

Man with identity theft warrant arrested after being recognized by officer Monday night

On Monday, June 13th, 2022, at 10:28 pm, a Turlock Police officer in the 2600 block of Porsche Strasse, Turlock, got out Henry Alfonso, 44, of Turlock, which he recognized and knew had warrants.

The officer had his dispatcher run Alfonso to confirm, and he returned with one felony warrant for identity theft and two misdemeanor warrants for petty theft.

Alfonso was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on his warrants.

Two in stolen vehicle arrested during suspicious vehicle contact Sunday morning

On Sunday, June 12th, 2022, at 7:32 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported suspicious vehicle at Goodwill, 3000 N Tegner Rd, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they found the described vehicle occupied by two near the closed business. Officers made contact with them and identified them as Tina Pritchett, 58, of Turlock, and Travis Williamson, 45, of Newman.

Officers had their dispatcher run both subjects. Pritchett returned clear, while Williamson returned with a misdemeanor warrant for vandalism less than $400 and petty theft. Additionally, when officers had their dispatcher run the vehicle the two were in, they discovered that it was stolen.

Both subjects were arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center, Pritchett on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and Williamson on his warrant.

Two fires intentionally set at same apartment early Sunday morning

On Sunday, June 12th, 2022, at 3:14 am, the Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial fire alarm at The Vista Apartments, 900 W Monte Vista Ave, Turlock, on the second floor of the B building.

As firefighters were responding, they received a call reporting that “there’s smoke everywhere”. The incident was then upgraded to a commercial working structure fire which added several additional resources.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found signs of a fire on the door step of an apartment that had already been extinguished prior to their arrival, with no extension.

The Turlock Irrigation District and Pacific Gas and Electric Company responded to the scene to secure utilities, while the Turlock Rural Fire Protection District provided city coverage for the duration of the incident.

Firefighters learned that there had been another unreported fire at the same apartment earlier of a wreath that had been intentionally set by someone, so the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit and Turlock Police Department responded to investigate.

No suspects have been identified yet.

No injuries were reported.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit at 209-525-5537.

Repeat offender drunk driver arrested on felony DUI early Sunday morning

On Sunday, June 12th, 2022, at 2:46 am, a Turlock Police officer near Turtle Creek Apartments, 1119 Colorado Ave, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with the vehicle’s two occupants, which included its driver, Manuel Vargas, 27, of Turlock.

The officer immediately noticed that Vargas was exhibiting symptoms of being under the influence, so he removed him from the vehicle and asked him to participate in standardized field sobriety tests, which he did. Vargas was then asked to blow into a preliminary alcohol screening device, however, Vargas refused.

Vargas was arrested.

Vargas was determined to have a suspended driver’s license due to a DUI conviction, be on county probation for DUI causing injury, and also be on federal probation for unknown charges.

Vargas was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater with a conviction for driving under the influence causing injury within the past ten years and violation of probation. He was also issued an administrative driver’s license suspension order from the California Department of Motor Vehicles and his vehicle was impounded.

Drunk driver arrested after attempting to hide from officers early Saturday morning

On Saturday, June 11th, 2022, at 12:16 am, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of E Linwood Ave and Lander Ave, Turlock, spotted a vehicle driving eastbound at a high rate of speed, so he attempted to make a traffic stop on it.

The vehicle made a northbound turn onto Boxwood Way and stopped in the 1000 block, while the officer was still on E Linwood Ave trying to catch up. Once stopped, the driver, later identified as Luis Sanchez, 36, of Turlock, exited his vehicle and attempted to hide from officers in the front yard of a residence.

The original officer and additional officers arrived at where Sanchez had come to a stop a few seconds after he hid himself and eventually found his hiding spot. Officers immediately determined that Sanchez was under the influence of alcohol, so he was arrested.

Sanchez was also determined to be in possession of narcotics, had a suspended driver’s license, and was on probation

Sanchez was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater, possession of a controlled substance, driving with a suspended driver’s license due to a DUI conviction, and violation of probation. He was also issued an administrative driver’s license suspension order from the California Department of Motor Vehicles and his vehicle was impounded.

Man arrested after being found with unserialized handgun and extended magazine during traffic stop early Friday morning

On Friday, June 10th, 2022, at 12:01 am, a Turlock Police officer near Goodwill, 749 N Golden State Blvd, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with the vehicle’s driver, Deshawn Farran, 26, of Turlock, and determined that he did not have a valid driver’s license, so he was arrested.

A search of Farran’s vehicle incident to arrest led to the discovery of an unserialized handgun with an extended magazine.

Farran was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of carrying a concealed firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, driving without a valid driver’s license, and possession of a large-capacity magazine.

Robbery suspects arrested after police scanner listener spots their vehicle Thursday night

On Thursday, June 9th, 2022, at 11:31 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported robbery that had just occurred at Safeway, 3051 Countryside Dr, Turlock.

An officer made contact with the victim at a location different from where the crime occurred, where he was standing by. The victim reported that as he walked out of Safeway, he was surrounded by four male subjects in the parking lot. One of them, later identified as Ethan Culwell-Helton, 19, of Turlock, lifted his t-shirt in a movement the victim believed was to indicate that he had a handgun concealed on him. Culwell-Helton demanded money from the victim and then struck him in the face with an open hand. The victim removed his wallet and another male, later identified as a 17-year old juvenile male of Turlock, took cash from the victim’s hand.

All of the subjects then got into a black Cadillac sedan and fled the scene, however, before doing so, the victim was able to get a license plate number.

The vehicle’s description and license plate number was aired over the police radio, and an uninvolved subject who was listening to the police scanner heard it. That subject saw the vehicle parked in the driveway of a residence in the 1200 block of Windsor Ct. He quickly flagged down an officer who was around the corner and alerted him of his findings.

Members of the Turlock Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit, who were on-duty working proactive patrol at the time, began a stakeout on the vehicle using an unmarked vehicle close up and several marked vehicles hiding nearby.

Eventually, five subjects were seen exiting the residence, which included the four who had surrounded the victim. All five got into the vehicle and left the residence.

Officers attempted to follow the vehicle, but lost it for a short period of time before one of them eventually found it again about five minutes later pumping gas at Stop N Save Liquors, 825 East Main St.

Officers and a police canine converged on the vehicle and conducted a high risk stop, detaining all subjects in handcuffs at gunpoint for further investigation.

The victim and a witness who was with him at the time of the crime arrived at the stop and were each individually asked to identify the two subjects that actually actively took part in the robbery. Both identified Culwell-Helton and the 17-year old juvenile male.

Both Culwell-Helton and the 17-year old juvenile male were arrested on charges of conspiring to commit a crime and robbery. Culwell-Helton was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center while the 17-year old juvenile male was booked into Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall.

The other three subjects who were detained were released.

Vegetation fire takes out homeless encampment Saturday afternoon

On Saturday, June 11th, 2022, at 2:30 pm, the Turlock Fire Department, Modesto Fire Department, Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District, and Turlock Rural Fire Protection District were dispatched to a reported vegetation fire at Agri-Comm Express, 2375 Industrial Rowe, Turlock.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a decent sized vegetation fire that had extended into a homeless encampment.

Crews began firefighting in the offensive strategy and were eventually able to bring the fire under control and keep it contained to the homeless encampment, preventing spread to Agri-Comm Express. It was extinguished shortly thereafter.

The cause of the fire remains unknown. No injuries were reported.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit at 209-525-5537.

Pursuit ends in crash with innocent bystander and suspect escaping on foot Friday night

On Friday, June 10th, 2022, at 11:44 pm, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of N Golden State Blvd and W Hawkeye Ave, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he attempted to make a traffic stop on it. When the officer activated his steady burning red light and siren, the vehicle failed to stop for him and a pursuit ensued northbound on N Golden State Blvd.

The vehicle turned westbound on W Tuolumne Rd and then southbound on N Tully Rd, however, the officer lost the vehicle and terminated the pursuit as he was not able to turn onto W Tuolumne Rd fast enough to see it turn onto N Tully Rd.

Assisting officers that were coming southbound on N Tully Rd were flagged down by witnesses who stated that the vehicle turned eastbound on Shadow Park Dr after the pursuit was terminated.

Officers checking the area found the vehicle in the 1700 block of Noble Ln crashed into another vehicle and abandoned. Witnesses told officers that the suspect had fled on foot westbound on Noble Ln just prior to their arrival. He was described as a heavy set white male adult standing at about six feet tall wearing a black shirt. The area was checked, however, he was not located.

Back at the collision scene, an innocent bystander in a black Acura sedan had broadsided the suspect vehicle, a black BMW sedan, pushing it into a tree.

No injuries were reported.

Both vehicles sustained moderate damage and were towed away from the scene.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Colton Bickle at 209-668-5550 extension 6311.

Woman arrested on several felony warrants early Friday morning

On Friday, June 10th, 2022, at 5:26 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a security check near the intersection of Gettysburg St and Dels Ln, Turlock, after Whitney Logsdon, 32, of Turlock, had left her aunt’s house on foot after taking fentanyl, possibly heading to a residence in the 100 block of Almond Ave known for drug issues.

An officer checking the area for Logsdon came across her on Dels Ln just north of N Golden State Blvd, heading in the direction of the residence on Almond Ave. As he got out with her, he was informed by his dispatcher that she had three different felony warrants for kidnapping, robbery, and joyriding, as well as a misdemeanor warrant for petty theft.

Logsdon was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on her warrants.

Woman arrested after robbing Cost Less Wednesday evening

On Wednesday, June 8th, 2022, at 5:10 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported robbery at Cost Less Food Company, 255 W Main St, Turlock.

The reporting party and manager of the business stated that the responsible female, Sonya Muzquiz, 31, of Turlock, and a male subject were last seen walking together westbound on W Main St. A police lieutenant in the area spotted them walking in the same direction in the 400 block of W Main St. He let patrol officers know who eventually caught up with both of them and detained them for further investigation.

The victim was contacted and reported that while she was at the cash registers, she spotted Muzquiz walking out of the business with a bag of steaks that she did not pay for. The manager was advised of this and Muzquiz was confronted after she had left the business. While the victim was recovering the stolen property, Muzquiz assaulted her and walked away, turning petty theft, a misdemeanor, into robbery, a felony.

The male subject who was detained with Muzquiz was determined to have not been involved in the robbery, so he was released.

Muzquiz was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of robbery as well as a misdemeanor warrant that she had.

Man arrested after being caught in stolen vehicle with catalytic converters and ammunition early Wednesday morning

On Wednesday, June 8th, 2022, at 4:38 am, a Turlock Police officer near Mulberry Mobile Home Park, 1412 S First St, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with the vehicle’s driver and identified him as Thai Vue, 46, of Merced. The officer had his dispatcher run Vue and it was discovered that his driver’s license was suspended and he had a felony warrant.

The officer then checked the vehicle’s identification number to verify it matched that of the vehicle the license plates belonged to, however, it was not a match. The vehicle’s identification number was ran and it returned stolen.

Vue was removed from the vehicle and arrested. A search incident to arrest led to the discovery of two catalytic converters and ammunition. Further follow up will be conducted to determine if the catalytic converters are stolen.

Further investigation led officers to believe that Vue knew or should have known that the vehicle he was driving was stolen.

Vue was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of joyriding, knowingly receiving a stolen vehicle, knowingly receiving stolen property, possession of ammunition by a prohibited person, and driving with a suspended driver’s license, as well as his felony warrant.

Man arrested after being caught in stolen vehicle with ghost gun and narcotics Tuesday night

On Tuesday, June 7th, 2022, at 8:29 pm, a Turlock Police officer near Goodwill, 749 N Golden State Blvd, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with the vehicle’s multiple occupants and identified them, which included its driver, David Mendes, 32, of Turlock. All subjects were ran and Mendes returned with a misdemeanor warrant. He was arrested.

The officer then checked the vehicle’s identification number to confirm that it matched that of the vehicle which the license plates belonged to, however, it was not a match. The vehicle’s identification number was ran and it returned stolen out of Merced.

Additional officers responded to the stop and removed the rest of the subjects from the vehicle at gunpoint, detaining them in handcuffs to further investigate.

A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a ghost gun, which is a self manufactured firearm without a serial number or other way to identify it, and narcotics.

Further investigation led officers to believe that Mendes knew or should have known that the vehicle he was driving was stolen.

Eventually, all subjects except for Mendes were released.

Mendes was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of joyriding, possession of an undetectable firearm, and possession of methamphetamines, as well as his misdemeanor warrant for possession of methamphetamines.

Convicted felon arrested after traffic stop leads to the discovery of firearm and stun gun Saturday evening

On Saturday, June 4th, 2022, at 7:03 pm, a Turlock Police officer near Save Mart, 1631 Lander Ave, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with the vehicle’s driver, Shaun Barlow, 53, of Modesto, and discovered that his driver’s license was expired. Barlow was arrested.

A search of Barlow’s vehicle was conducted incident to arrest which led to the discovery of a firearm, a stun gun, and narcotics. Further investigation revealed that Barlow was a convicted felon, which means he cannot possess most types of weapons, including firearms and stun guns.

Barlow was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon or person addicted to a narcotic, possession of a stun gun by a convicted felon, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving without a valid driver’s license.

Three vehicles threatened by fence and vegetation fire saved Monday afternoon

On Monday, June 6th, 2022, at 4:40 pm, the Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to a reported vegetation fire at Nelson-Jameson, 3004 Humphrey Ct, Turlock.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a vegetation fire that had spread to a fence and was threatening three vehicles.

Firefighters immediately began attack in the offensive strategy, knocking the fire down and preventing it from spreading to anything further, including the three threatened vehicles.

The fire was quickly put out shortly thereafter.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit at 209-525-5537.

Suspended driver arrested after leading officers on slow speed two minute pursuit Friday night

On Thursday, June 2nd, 2022, at 11:18 pm, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of West Ave S and High St, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he attempted to make a traffic stop on it. The driver of the vehicle failed to yield and a slow speed pursuit ensued.

The driver, Mynor Gomez, 24, of Turlock, continued driving at slow speeds for two minutes before eventually coming to a stop in an alleyway behind the 600 block of W Main St. A high risk stop was conducted and both he and his female passenger were detained at gunpoint.

Gomez’s motive for originally failing to stop remains unclear.

Gomez was arrested and released on a citation on charges of flight from a peace officer and driving with a suspended driver’s license due to a DUI conviction. His female passenger was released.

Drunk driver arrested after crashing into police vehicle early Saturday morning

On Saturday, May 28th, 2022, at 2:50 am, the California Highway Patrol was dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with no injuries on S Golden State Blvd just north of State Route 99, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they found two vehicles involved. One was a Turlock Police Department black and white Ford SUV while the other was a white BMW sedan.

It’s unclear how many occupants each vehicle had, however, no one suffered any injuries. At least one Turlock Police officer was seated in the vehicle when the collision occurred, Officer Andy Khounlivong. The Turlock Police Department was working a weapon offense investigation and had two prisoners in custody at the time, however, it’s unclear at this point whether either of them were seated in the police vehicle that was involved in the collision.

Officers noticed that the driver of the white BMW sedan was exhibiting symptoms of being under the influence, so they asked him to participate in standardized field sobriety tests. The subject refused. Based on the fact that the subject had just been involved in a collision, the symptoms he was exhibiting, the odor of alcohol that was emitting off of him, and the totality of the circumstances, officers determined that he was indeed under the influence of alcohol.

Both vehicles sustained minor damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away.

Officers began investigating and determined that the white BMW sedan was traveling southbound on South Golden State Boulevard approaching State Route 99 while the police vehicle was stopped on the right shoulder with its rear facing flashers and forward facing steady red light activated. While the white BMW sedan was passing the police vehicle, it collided with its driver door which was open.

The driver of the white BMW sedan, whose identity is currently unknown, was arrested and booked into the Merced County Jail on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Man arrested while riding around with fentanyl and juvenile brother Wednesday night

On Wednesday, June 1st, 2022, at 11:14 pm, a Turlock Police officer in the 900 block of Bethany Ave, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with the vehicle’s occupants, Julio Mancillas, 31, of Turlock, and his 17-year old brother.

Mancillas was found to have a suspended driver’s license, so he was arrested.

A search of Mancillas’ vehicle incident to arrest led to the discovery of narcotics, including fentanyl.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid typically used to treat patients with chronic severe pain or severe pain after a surgery. It acts similar to morphine, however, is about one hundred times more potent. It’s so potent that one kilogram of it has the ability to kill 500,000 people and one backpack full of it has the ability to kill everyone in the State of California plus more. In 2020, fentanyl killed about 56,000 people in the United States. This number keeps rising each year.

Illicit fentanyl is typically manufactured in foreign countries and is smuggled into the United States through Mexico to be sold on the illegal drug market.

Sometimes, fentanyl is mixed in with other drugs on the illegal drug market to increase their potency. People aren’t told this and commonly overdose on it without even knowing that they’re specifically taking it.

Mancillas was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of child endangerment under circumstances likely to produce great bodily harm or death, possession of a controlled substance, driving with a suspended driver’s license due to a DUI conviction, and violation of post release community supervision.

Man in possession of narcotics arrested after identifying self as brother Wednesday night

On Wednesday, June 1st, 2022, at 9:59 pm, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of Bernell Ave and S Orange St, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with the vehicle’s driver, Tony Fagundes, 31, of Turlock and attempted to identify him. He gave his brother’s name and date of birth.

Officers immediately knew that Fagundes was lying because his brother is ten years younger than him, weighs much more than him, and has different hair and eye colors. Fagundes eventually came clean when confronted and properly identified himself. He was determined to be on post release community supervision and probation.

A search of Fagundes’ vehicle was conducted which led to the discovery of narcotics.

Fagundes was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of possession of a controlled substance, false personation, possession of methamphetamines, violation of post release community supervision, and violation of probation.

Man arrested after being caught in stolen box truck Monday night

On Monday, May 30th, 2022, at 11:57 pm, a Turlock Police officer near Neto’s Catering, 1318 N Golden State Blvd, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

Whenever officers conduct a traffic stop, they give their dispatcher their location and the license plate of the vehicle that they’re stopping. The dispatcher informed the officer that the plate he had given returned to a 1974 Dodge van, however, the vehicle stopped was a 2006 Ford box truck. The officer obtained the vehicle identification number from the box truck and provided it to his dispatcher to run, and it returned as a stolen vehicle.

The vehicle’s driver, Jose Manuel Navarro Camarillo, 28, of Mexico, was immediately detained for further investigation.

When Navarro was ran, he returned with three misdemeanor warrants.

Upon further investigation, it was determined that Navarro knew or should have known that the vehicle was stolen.

Navarro was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving a vehicle without a valid driver’s license and receiving a stolen vehicle and his warrants.

Sideshow participant arrested after leading officers on one minute pursuit Saturday night

On Saturday, May 28th, 2022, at 10:49 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported sideshow in progress at Wakefield Elementary School, 400 South Ave, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they found an active sideshow in the roadway directly in front of the school with a group of over fifty pedestrians blocking the roadway.

Officers received information from the Ceres Police Department that the same group was in their city and that the participants had thrown bricks and rocks at officers’ vehicles, so the Turlock Police Department watch commander advised his officers to keep their distance.

Officers set up in perimeter positions, waiting for the group to begin dispersing from the area so that they could follow them and conduct traffic stops on them when there’s way less of them around. As officers were waiting, they continued to observe the group doing burnouts and donuts in front of the school, launching off aerial fireworks.

As the group began to disperse, a Turlock Police sergeant near the intersection of Bethany Ave and Lewis St, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he attempted to make a traffic stop on it. The vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit ensued.

The pursuit lasted less than a minute, ending with the vehicle coming to a stop on Bernell Ave just east of S Orange St.

Officers conducted a high risk stop and removed the vehicle’s driver from the vehicle at gunpoint. He was identified as Salvador Mejia, 26, of Los Angeles.

Mejia was arrested and released on a citation on charges of reckless driving and flight from a peace officer. His vehicle was also impounded.

Two arrested after random shots fired in busy downtown early Saturday morning

On Saturday, May 28th, 2022, at 1:36 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported weapon offense that had just occurred at the intersection of W Main St and N Broadway, Turlock, after a subject in a vehicle had fired off random shots in the area and then fled.

As officers arrived on scene, witnesses gave them a description of the suspect vehicle, a gray Chevrolet SUV, and of the suspects in the vehicle, two black male adults.

Officers began checking the area, and a few minutes later, an officer checking S Golden State Blvd heading out of town spotted a matching vehicle driving erratically about to get onto southbound State Route 99.

Additional officers responded and conducted a high risk stop, removing three subjects from the vehicle at gunpoint and detaining them in handcuffs to further investigate. All three subjects were identified, two of which were Eshan Bowers, 28, of Merced, and Shannon McDow, 29, of Atwater.

Officers had their dispatcher run all three subjects and Bowers returned with a misdemeanor warrant out of Tuolumne County. Bowers was arrested and a search of his vehicle incident to arrest was conducted. The search led to the discovery of two handguns, one that Bowers should have had access to and one that McDow should have had access to. Further investigation revealed that the firearm that McDow had access to was the one used in the shooting. McDow was arrested.

Both subjects were booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center, Bowers on charges of carrying a concealed firearm and carrying a loaded firearm and his warrant, and McDow on charges of carrying a concealed firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, and discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner.

No injuries were reported.

Gun found at Walnut Elementary linked to junior high burglary suspect arrested hours prior early Friday morning

On Friday, May 27th, 2022, at 3:26 am, the Turlock Police Department and Stanislaus State Police Department were dispatched to a commercial alarm at Turlock Junior High School, 3951 N Walnut Rd, Turlock, covering the office north door.

While officers were responding, they were notified that a keyholder was responding with an estimated time of arrival of five minutes.

Officers arrived on scene and found that the keyholder was already waiting for them in the parking lot. The keyholder allowed them access into the office where they came across a 17-year old white male juvenile who was burglarizing it.

The juvenile was identified and he turned out to be on probation for unknown charges and had a felony violation of probation warrant. He was arrested and booked into Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall on charges of burglary.

Turlock Area News is aware of a previous burglary at the junior high which occurred between the late night hours of Tuesday, May 17th, and the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 18th. The suspects from that burglary appeared to be older high school aged juveniles. The Turlock Police Department has not yet made a statement as to whether the suspect from today’s burglary is related to that one.

A few hours later, at 7:07 am, an officer was dispatched to a found property at Walnut Elementary Education Center, 4219 N Walnut Rd, after a custodian had discovered a backpack style purse near a trash enclosure which contained an unloaded handgun.

The officer responding to this call was aware of the burglary that had occurred at the junior high just a few hours ago which is just two blocks away from where the purse and gun were found. He checked the belongings of the suspect from that incident and came across evidence which led him to a business that the suspect had recently been at. The officer went to that business and checked surveillance camera video, which showed the suspect to be in possession of the distinctive purse that contained the gun.

The gun is believed to have been stolen from a nearby residence recently. Detectives are actively investigating the many aspects of this case and will be following up on leads. Additional information will be made available at a later time.

“The safety of our children is paramount for our officers,” said Turlock Police Chief Jason Hedden. “They left no stone unturned to quickly come to a resolution. It appears the gun found on the school grounds was fruits of an earlier burglary and had nothing to do with school nor does it appear the suspect had any intent to use it at the school,” he continued.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Raul Garcia at 209-664-7314.

Four injured after two vehicles crash into two layers of fencing of a residence Wednesday night

On Wednesday, May 25th, 2022, at 10:50 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries in the 400 block of West Ave S, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found two vehicles involved which had crashed into two layers of fencing of a residence. One was a silver Ford sedan while the other was a black Nissan pickup truck.

There were a total of four patients, three adults who suffered moderate injuries and one juvenile who suffered minor injuries. The driver of the black Nissan pickup truck was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by firefighters. It’s currently unclear which were transported to the hospital and which weren’t.

Both vehicles sustained major damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away.

It’s currently unknown how the collision occurred.

Traffic stop leads to two warrant arrests early Thursday morning

On Thursday, May 26th, 2022, at 2:07 am, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of Almond Ave and Souza St, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with the vehicle’s three occupants and identified them, which included the driver and his two passengers, Richard Barrera, 28 of Delhi, and Brandon Huggins, 30, of Turlock. The officer then had his dispatcher run all three subjects.

Barrera returned with a no-bail felony warrant out of Stanislaus County for domestic violence, assault, child abuse or endangerment, and vandalism related charges, while Huggins returned with two misdemeanor warrants out, one out of Merced County and the other out of El Dorado County for contempt of court and obstruction of justice related charges.

Both Barrera and Huggins were arrested on their warrants, Barrera was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center while Huggins was released on a citation.

The driver was lectured and released for his California Vehicle Code violation and his vehicle was impounded due to its registration being expired for over six months.

Two overdose victims saved ten minutes apart Wednesday night

On Wednesday, May 25th, 2022, at 10:29 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a medical aid at Swanson-Centennial Park, 2101 Pinto Way, Turlock, for a subject overdosing on fentanyl at the picnic tables of the park.

Police were the first to arrive and they found the patient unconscious. They administered three doses of Narcan, which eventually made the patient come to prior to firefighters’ and paramedics’ arrival.

Just nine minutes later, at 10:38 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a security check in front of La Mo Cafe, 310 E Main St, for a subject passed out on a bench with another subject giving him sternum rubs trying to wake him up.

Officers arrived on scene and found the patient unconscious and exhibiting symptoms of an overdose, so they asked for the Turlock Fire Department and American Medical Response to respond, while they tried to revive him. Officers administered two doses of Narcan and the patient eventually came to just as firefighters arrived on scene.

The patients from both calls were ground transported by American Medical Response to local hospitals. They are expected to make full recoveries.

Opioid overdoses have increased over the past couple years and typically there’s at least one that occurs in Turlock every day.

Police officers are dispatched to all overdoses as they are already out in the field and typically arrive much quicker than fire and medical personnel, especially at night when firefighters are asleep at their station. All Turlock Police patrol vehicles are required to have a minimum of two Narcan doses before being put into service at the beginning of each shift. If at any point during the shift there’s less than two remaining in the patrol vehicle, officers are required to stop by the station and stock up as soon as practical.

Narcan, which contains Naloxone, is an extremely effective and fast opioid reversing agent that can make an opioid overdose victim come to within minutes. Those who are given Narcan should still be taken to the hospital to be treated immediately, as Narcan only stays in the system for a limited amount of time, much less than the actual opioids. If not treated at a hospital by the time the Narcan runs out, the patient could go back into an overdose and can die.

Fentanyl is the most common opioid which causes these overdose. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid typically used to treat patients with chronic severe pain or severe pain after a surgery. It acts similar to morphine, however, is about one hundred times more potent. It’s so potent that one kilogram of it has the ability to kill 500,000 people and one backpack full of it has the ability to kill everyone in the State of California plus more.

Illicit fentanyl is typically manufactured in foreign countries and is smuggled into the United States through Mexico to be sold on the illegal drug market.

Sometimes, fentanyl in mixed in with other drugs on the illegal drug market to increase their potency. People aren’t told this and sometimes overdose on it without even knowing that they’re specifically taking it.

If you know or suspect that someone is selling fentanyl, please call the Turlock Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit at 209-668-5550 extension 6780. You could save lives.

Man arrested for child pornography after cyber tip investigated Wednesday morning

On Wednesday, May 25th, 2022, at 10:00 am, Turlock Police detectives arrested Timothy Ryan Burnham, 44, of Turlock, at his home in the 2400 block of Mountain Springs Dr, Turlock.

Detectives were following up on a cyber tip they had received in February from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The tip was investigated by high tech crimes detectives and required a search warrant to obtain data and information as to who was using the account suspected of receiving and sending child pornography. With information obtained during the service of the search warrant, detectives were able to identify a user and a location where the data had been downloaded and uploaded from.

Detectives obtained a second search warrant, this one for Burnham’s residence. The warrant was served Wednesday morning and electronic devices were seized during its service. Detectives also located Burnham and interviewed him.

After the interview, Burnham was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of distributing child pornography and possession of child pornography.

Depending on the results of the forensic analysis of Burnham’s seized electronic devices, he may face additional charges in the future.

“There is no indication that there are any local victims in this case,” said Officer Gina Giovacchini. “I encourage anyone who knows or suspects anyone who is participating in child exploitation to report this activity to their local law enforcement agency,” she continued.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Detective Tim Redd at 209-664-7325.

Timothy Burnham

Freeway shoulder grass fire extends to exterior of commercial structure Monday afternoon

On Monday, May 23rd, 2022, at 3:22 pm, the Turlock Fire Department, Modesto Fire Department, and Turlock Rural Fire Protection District were dispatched to a reported vegetation fire southbound State Route 99 just south of W Main St, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a grass fire on the southbound shoulder that had spread to the exterior of a commercial structure at 818 S Walnut Rd. Additionally, due to high winds, embers from the first fire made their way to the northbound shoulder and started a second fire.

Crews were able to quickly bring the fire under control and extinguish it, preventing any further spread, including to the interior of the structure.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit at 209-525-5537.

Woman dies after crashing into disabled big rig on freeway Friday afternoon

On Friday, May 20th, 2022, at 1:26 pm, the California Highway Patrol, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries southbound State Route 99 just south of Lander Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found two vehicles involved. One was a Buick SUV and the other was a Kenworth tractor trailer.

The Buick SUV had a single occupant, a 51-year old female of Livingston, whose identity has not yet been released pending next of kin notification. She suffered major injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital. Eventually, while at the hospital, she succumbed to her injuries. The Kenworth tractor trailer also had a single occupant, Daljit Singh, 54, of Bakersfield, who was uninjured.

The Buick SUV sustained major damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away, while the Kenworth tractor trailer sustained minor damage and was able to be driven away from the scene.

Officers began investigating and learned that Singh was traveling southbound on State Route 99 and had a mechanical failure with his truck, so he pulled it off to the right shoulder of the freeway. A little later, the Buick SUV was traveling in the same direction as Singh, and for an unknown reason, its driver allowed her vehicle to enter the right shoulder behind Singh, colliding with the back of Singh’s trailer at before coming to final rest.

Officers determined that the driver of the Buick SUV was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the collision. Due to the lack of intrusion inside the Buick SUV, it is believed that she would have survived the collision if she was properly restrained. “The CHP would like to remind all motorists that seatbelts, when worn properly, have the ability to save lives when involved in a collision,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Thomas Olsen.

Man arrested after raping sleeping woman in her apartment Saturday morning

On Saturday, May 21st, 2022, at 6:11 am, the Turlock Police Department and Stanislaus State Police Department were dispatched to a reported sex offense that had just occurred at Park Knolls Apartments, 1100 Pedras Rd, Turlock.

Officers arrived in the area and made contact with the victim who was waiting for officers across the street. She told officers that she had met with two subjects earlier, one of which was Marc Anthony Hughes, 22, of Turlock. Eventually, all three of them made their way to her apartment.

The victim fell asleep and when she woke up, Hughes was sexually assaulting her. The victim quickly got up and left her apartment, calling police in the process.

The victim was able to provide a description of Hughes and at the same time, a suspicious person was reported at The Palms Apartments, 1119 Pedras Rd, that had a similar description of that of Hughes.

A Stanislaus State police officer arrived at The Palms Apartments and located Hughes in the northeast corner of the apartment complex. He was detained in handcuffs for further investigation.

The victim was brought to Hughes and was asked if that was who had sexually assaulted her, which she confirmed it was.

Hughes was arrested and taken to the Turlock Police Department for questioning with detectives who took over the investigation. After questioning, Hughes was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of committing a rape against a person who is incapable of consenting and committing sexual penetration by means of force or fear.

“This case is an example of why we encourage all victims to immediately report crimes to their local law enforcement agencies,” said Turlock Police Sergeant Michael Parmley. “Our police officers were able to quickly respond to the area, locate and arrest the suspect because there was no delay in this crime being reported.”

Five displaced after house fire Monday morning

On Monday, May 23rd, 2022, at 7:26 am, the Turlock Fire Department, Modesto Fire Department, American Medical Response, and Turlock Police Department were dispatched to a reported residential working structure fire in the 200 block of Davis St, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a single story single family dwelling with a fire that had started in its kitchen and had extended into its living quarters and attic. All occupants of the home were found outside and accounted for.

Crews worked in the offensive strategy and were able to bring the fire under control in about thirty minutes, calling it completely out shortly thereafter. It was contained to the house of origin.

Crews remained on scene for an extended period of time conducting overhaul, investigation, and other post fire activities.

Four adults and one child were displaced as a result of the fire. The American Red Cross responded and is providing assistance to the family.

The Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit responded to the scene to investigate the fire, American Medical Response responded to the scene to provide firefighter and patient care, the Turlock Irrigation District and Pacific Gas and Electric Company responded to the scene ot secure utilities, and the Turlock Police Department responded to the scene to provide traffic control, while the Turlock Rural Fire Protection District provided city coverage during the duration of the incident.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire remains undetermined.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit at 209-525-5537.

Firefighters respond to large grass fire behind Lowe’s early Monday morning

On Monday, May 23rd, 2022, at 2:01 am, the Turlock Fire Department and Turlock Police Department were dispatched to a reported vegetation fire along northbound State Route 99 just north of W Monte Vista Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a well involved grass fire a little less than an acre in size.

Crews worked in the offensive strategy and were able to quickly bring the fire under control, keeping it contained to just the grass and preventing it from spreading to nearby pallets full of product behind Lowe’s.

The fire was called completely out about an hour after initial dispatch.

No injuries were reported.

A person of interest that may have been responsible for the fire was contacted nearby by officers. He was identified and follow-up investigation will be conducted.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit at 209-525-5537.

Three injured after man fails to yield at stop sign and causes rollover vehicle collision Wednesday morning

On Wednesday, May 18th, 2022 at 9:14 am, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of Grant Ave and Flower St, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found two vehicles involved. One was a gray Dodge sedan and the other was a white Acura sedan. The white Acura sedan was on its roof.

The driver of the gray Dodge sedan, a 61-year old male, suffered minor injuries and was ground transported to a local hospital by American Medical Response, while the driver of the white Acura sedan, a 68-year old female, also suffered minor injuries but refused to be transported. One of the vehicles was also occupied by a passenger who suffered minor injuries and also refused to be transported to the hospital.

Both vehicles sustained moderate damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away.

Officers began investigating and determined that the gray Dodge sedan was traveling eastbound on Flower St approaching Grant Ave, while the white Acura sedan was traveling northbound on Grant Ave approaching Flower St. Eastbound and westbound traffic have stop signs and have to yield to northbound and southbound traffic. The driver of the gray Dodge sedan stopped for the stop sign, however, failed to wait for the white Acura sedan to pass and pulled out in front of it, causing it to broadside him and rollover onto its roof.

“The speed limit on Grant Ave is thirty miles per hour and it is reasonable that a ninety degree broadside would flip a car at that speed or less,” said Turlock Police Lieutenant Neil Cervenka, who was previously the Sergeant over the department’s Traffic Unit.

Two DUI arrests made early Saturday morning

On Saturday, May 21st, 2022, at 12:33 am, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of N Golden State Blvd and Geer Rd, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with the vehicle’s driver, whose identity is currently unknown, and noticed that he was exhibiting signs of being under the influence, so he asked him to participate in standardized field sobriety tests. The subject agreed and completed all three of them. The subject was then asked to blow into a preliminary alcohol screening device, which he also agreed to.

Based on the subject’s performance on the tests, the results of the preliminary alcohol screening device, his driving, and the totality of the circumstances, the officer determined that he was indeed under the influence of alcohol.

The subject was arrested and released on a citation on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater. He was also issued a driver’s license suspension order and his vehicle was impounded.

As soon as the first subject was released, at 1:23 am, another officer near the intersection of Julian St and N Soderquist Rd, observed another vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with that vehicle’s driver, Luisaalejandra Casillassantillan, 19, of Red Bluff, and noticed that she was also exhibiting signs of being under the influence, so he asked her to participate in standardized field sobriety tests. Casillassantillan agreed and completed all three of them. She was then required to blow into a preliminary alcohol screening device because she was under the age of 21.

Based on Casillassantillan’s performance on the tests, the results of the preliminary alcohol screening device, her driving, and the totality of the circumstances, the officer determined that she was indeed under the influence of alcohol.

Casillassantillan was arrested and released on a citation on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater. She was also issued a driver’s license suspension order and her vehicle was impounded.

Suspicious vehicle contact leads to arrest for narcotics Friday night

On Friday, May 20th, 2022, at 11:45 pm, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of Olympic Dr and Gold Dr, Turlock, observed a suspicious vehicle occupied by two, so he decided to get out with it.

The officer made contact with the vehicle’s two occupants, one of which was Kenneth Powell, 39, of El Dorado Hills.

At some point during the contact, the officer observed what he believed to be narcotics. Powell’s passenger was also on searchable probation, so they were both removed from the vehicle so that a search could be conducted.

Eventually, Powell was arrested and released on a citation on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Cyber tip investigations lead to two arrests Thursday morning

On Thursday, May 19th, 2022, at 8:04 am, Turlock Police detectives arrested John Alsivo, 30, of Turlock, at his apartment at 1398 East Ave, Turlock, after the service of a search warrant.

Detectives were following up on a cyber tip they had received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The tip was investigated by high tech crimes detectives which led them to Alviso’s apartment. A search warrant was obtained for the apartment and it was served.

During the service of the warrant, detectives found illegal firearms and narcotics. Electronic devices were also found which were seized as evidence for forensic analysis. Alviso was taken to the Turlock Police Department for questioning and then booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of possession of a controlled substance while armed, possession of ammunition by a prohibited person, possession of a short-barrelled rifle or shotgun, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon or person addicted to a narcotic, possession of an undetectable firearm, and child abuse or endangerment under circumstances other than those likely to produce great bodily harm or death.

Depending on the results of the forensic analysis of his seized electronic devices, he may face additional charges based on the original cyber tip.

A few hours later, at 11:30 am, detectives arrested Alfredo Villasenor-Santana, 32, of Turlock, at his home in the 800 block of S Minaret Ave after the service of an additional search warrant.

Detectives were following up on an additional cyber tip which was also investigated by a high tech crimes detective. It led them to Villasenor-Santana’s home. A search warrant was obtained for the home and it was served.

During the service of the warrant, detectives found electronic devices which contained child pornography. Villasenor-Santana was taken to the Turlock Police Department for questioning and then booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of distributing child pornography, possession of child pornography, secretly photographing or recording a person in a state of full or partial undress, and an unrelated felony warrant out of Fresno County for domestic violence related charges.

One local victim was identified in Villasenor-Santana’s case. They are currently safe with family members.

“We work hard and continue to find new ways to locate and identify these criminals,” Detective Tim Redd said. “Our efforts are to keep these children safe and stop child exploitation in our local community and other communities throughout the nation,” he continued.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Detective Tim Redd at 209-664-7325.

John Alviso
Alfredo Villasenor-Santana

Drive-by shooting occurs in northwest Turlock neighborhood Tuesday night

On Tuesday, May 17th, 2022, at 8:13 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported weapon offense in progress near the intersection of Yale Ave and Georgetown Ave, Turlock, after the occupants of two vehicles were believed to be shooting at each other.

Reports were that the two vehicles involved were a white Acura sedan and a red SUV, possibly a Chevrolet or GMC. Both were seen leaving the area westbound on West Minnesota Avenue.

Officers arrived in the area within minutes and began searching for the two vehicles, however, were unable to locate them.

Officers went back to where the shooting occurred and located a residence in the 900 block of Georgetown Ave that had a bullet hole through the garage door. The spent round was recovered and removed from inside the home by officers. Officers also located a parked and unoccupied vehicle that was struck in the 2700 block of Yale Ave.

Officers were able to obtain surveillance footage of the incident from a few different homes.

After further investigation, it is now believed that the white Acura sedan was just shooting at the red SUV and that gunfire was not being exchanged between the two.

No injuries were reported and no one involved has come forward yet.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Jeremiah Lupe at 209-668-1200.

Unoccupied home goes up in flames Tuesday morning

On Tuesday, May 17th, 2022, at 9:47 am, the Turlock Fire Department, Modesto Fire Department, Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District, Turlock Rural Fire Protection District, Denair Fire Protection District, and Keyes Fire Protection District were dispatched to a reported residential working structure fire in the 4400 block of W Main St, Turlock.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they located a single story single family dwelling fully involved.

The fire was rapidly extending into an adjacent field and trees, as well as high voltage power lines with an actively arcing electrical wire on the ground. Due to this, firefighters chose to work in the defensive strategy, which means they will fight the fire from the outside and prevent it from spreading to anything else around.

Ultimately, with the assistance of a few water tenders due to the lack of fire hydrants in the area, the fire was put out and kept contained to the structure and some vegetation surrounding the property.

Firefighters remained on scene for an extended period of time conducting overhaul, investigation, and other post fire activities.

The Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit responded to the scene to investigate the fire, American Medical Response responded to the scene to provide firefighter care, the Turlock Irrigation District and Pacific Gas and Electric responded to the scene to secure utilities, and the Turlock Police Department responded to the scene to provide traffic control, while the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District and Turlock Rural Fire Protection District provided city coverage for the duration of the incident.

The structure was unoccupied and no injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit at 209-525-5537.

Traffic stop leads to three arrests for DUI, weapon charges, and warrants Monday night

On Monday, May 16th, 2022, at 10:34 pm, a Turlock Police officer near Liquor Club, 1590 Lander Ave, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with the vehicle’s driver, Danielle Anderson, 30, of Turlock, and noticed that she was exhibiting signs of being under the influence, so he removed her from the vehicle and asked her to participate in standardized field sobriety tests, which she agreed to. After the standardized field sobriety tests, Anderson was asked to blow into a preliminary alcohol screening device, which she also agreed to.

Based on her performance on the tests, her statements, and the totality of the circumstances, the officer determined that Anderson was under the influence of both alcohol and drugs.

It was also discovered that Anderson had originally given someone else’s name. When she admitted to it and gave her actual name, the officer had his dispatcher run her. She returned with five different warrants for a variety of felony and misdemeanor charges including child endangerment, possession of a stolen vehicle, escape from custody, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to appear on a misdemeanor, driving without a valid driver’s license, driving under the influence of drugs, providing false identification to a peace officer, and driving with a suspended driver’s license due to a DUI conviction.

While another officer was speaking with three other occupants in the vehicle, he noticed a firearm on the rear seat. All three were removed from the vehicle and two who both had access to the firearm were put in handcuffs.

The two who had access to the firearm were identified as Christopher Lopez, 45, and Juan Ocampo, 28, both of Merced.

Ocampo originally provided a fake name several times, however, his true identity was eventually discovered. Both Lopez and Ocampo were run. Lopez returned with an infraction warrant for a Fish and Game Code violation, while Ocampo returned clear.

Both Lopez and Ocampo were questioned about the firearm, however, did not want to own up or rat each other out.

Anderson, Lopez, and Ocampo were all arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center, Anderson on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under the combined influence of alcohol and drugs, and her warrants, Lopez on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a loaded firearm, and possession of methamphetamines, and his warrant, and Ocampo on charges of carrying a loaded firearm and providing false identification to a peace officer.

The fourth and final occupant of the vehicle was released without any charges.

Reporting party in disturbance arrested on felony warrant Monday night

On Monday, May 16th, 2022, at 10:33 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported disturbance in progress at a residence in the 600 block of Geer Rd, Turlock, after a female had called to report that her and her sister were getting into it because her sister was off of her medications.

As officers were responding to the scene, they learned that the reporting party, Athea Gonzalez, 33, of Turlock, had six different warrants. One was a local felony warrant for assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm and the other five were misdemeanor warrants out of Tuolumne County for drug and failure to appear charges.

Officers arrived at the residence and found that both parties had left. An officer looking for Gonzalez eventually located her just a few minutes later in the 1000 block of Julian Street.

Gonzalez was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on her warrants.

Drunk driver arrested after crashing and injuring man Saturday night

On Sunday, May 15th, 2022, at 10:56 pm, the Turlock Police Department and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with unknown injuries in the 1600 block of Lander Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found two vehicles involved. One was a black Buick sedan and the other was a gray Jeep SUV.

The black Buick sedan had two occupants, one of which suffered minor injuries and was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital. The gray Jeep SUV had one occupant, Linzey Pacheco, 28, of Hilmar. She was uninjured.

Officers noticed that Pacheco was exhibiting signs of being under the influence, so they asked her to participate in standardized field sobriety tests. Pacheco participated in one, however, refused to participate in the others after being advised not to by one of her friends who arrived at the scene.

Based on Pacheco’s performance in the one test she participated in and the totality of the circumstances, officers determined that she was indeed under the influence of alcohol.

Both vehicles sustained moderate damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred.

Pacheco was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater causing injury. She was also issued a driver’s license suspension order and her vehicle was impounded.

Man dies after crashing vehicle into trees and being ejected Saturday evening

On Saturday, May 14th, 2022, at 5:59 pm, the California Highway Patrol, Keyes Fire Protection District, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries on N Washington Rd just north of W Taylor Rd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a single vehicle involved, a Chevrolet pickup truck.

The vehicle had a single occupant, Eric Duane Vaughn, 46, of Stevenson, who suffered fatal injuries after being ejected from the vehicle during the collision.

The vehicle sustained major damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

Officers began investigating and determined Vaughn was traveling northbound on N Washington Rd at an unknown speed, when for an unknown reason, he allowed his vehicle to veer to the left. His vehicle traveled off the roadway into the west dirt shoulder and collided with two trees, causing it to overturn. The vehicle came to final rest on its side next to an orchard. While overturning, Vaughn was ejected from the vehicle causing his fatal injuries because he was not wearing his seatbelt.

At this point, it remains unknown if Vaughn was or was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Man arrested after punching officer in in the face and causing injury Thursday morning

On Thursday, May 12th, 2022, at 10:57 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported assault and battery in progress at Bonander Truck & Trailer, 4520 N Golden State Blvd, Turlock, after a caller reported that a male was trying to strangle a female.

As officers began arriving on scene, they saw a subject riding away from the area on a bicycle who matched the description of their suspect. He was later identified as Charles Overturf, 40, of Turlock. Officers ordered that he stop, however, he refused. A pursuit of a bicycle ensued until Overturf eventually stopped in the parking lot of a nearby business.

Officers ordered Overturf to surrender, however, he refused to comply. Officers eventually went hands on with Overturf and grabbed ahold of him, however, he broke free and struck an officer in the face with a closed fist, causing an injury. Officers were eventually able to regain control and take him into custody with minimal use of force.

The original victim was contacted, however, she denied the allegations that were made against Overturf and refused to cooperate in the investigation any further.

The officer who was struck in the face by Overturf received treatment for his injury and returned to work immediately.

Overturf was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of resisting an executive officer with violence, battery against a peace officer in the performance of their duties, resisting a peace officer, and violation of parole.

Man arrested after attacking gay couple in Denny’s early Saturday morning

On Saturday, May 14th, 2022, at 1:36 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported disturbance in progress at Denny’s, 1991 Lander Ave, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they got out with a subject in the parking lot of the business who matched the description of their suspect. He was identified as Guillermo Lopez, 39, of Empire.

Another officer got out with the victims, a same-sex male couple, who told him that Lopez had gotten into a verbal argument with them because he did not like the fact that they were a same-sex couple. He called them faggots, and eventually things escalated to the point where he attacked one of them.

After a brief investigation, Lopez was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of possession of a controlled substance, committing a hate crime, and battery.

Man arrested after traffic stop leads to the discovery of counterfeit currency Friday night

On Friday, May 13th, 2022, at 10:16 pm, a Turlock Police officer near Chevron ExtraMile, 100 E Glenwood Ave, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with the vehicle’s driver, Shane Hamilton, 46, of Turlock, and had his dispatcher run him.

Hamilton returned to be on post release community supervision, which means that he can be searched at any time by any peace officer. A search of Hamilton led to the discovery of counterfeit currency which he was trying to conceal in his waistband. Hamilton also had a suspended driver’s license and his vehicle was not registered.

Hamilton was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of making or possessing counterfeit items, driving with a suspended driver’s license due to a DUI conviction, and driving or leaving standing an unregistered vehicle.

UPDATE: Suspect from Tuesday’s aggravated assault against officer arrested after second pursuit Friday afternoon

On Friday, May 13th, 2022, at 10:27 pm, the Turlock Police Department came out with an update regarding the aggravated assault against an officer and high speed wrong-way pursuit that had occurred on Tuesday, May 10th, 2022, at 76 DoubleTime, 101 N Tully Rd, Turlock.

The Turlock Police Department announced that after they had recovered the vehicle later the same day in Ceres, they obtained a search warrant for it and served that warrant the following day at the Turlock Police Department.

During the service of that warrant, what was believed to be an improvised explosive device (IED) was located inside the passenger compartment of the vehicle, which prompted a partial evacuation of the building.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office’s Bomb Squad responded to remove and secure the suspected IED from the vehicle. It was later analyzed and confirmed to be an explosive.

The Turlock Police Department also announced that their suspect, identified as Jonathan Alan Lewis, 23, of Turlock, had been arrested by the Solano County Sheriff’s Office earlier in the day following another pursuit which ended with a vehicle collision.

Following Lewis’ arrest, the Turlock Police Department obtained and served a search warrant at his place of residence at Parkside Apartments, 920 Pedras Rd with the assistance of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

The service of that warrant led to the discovery of additional evidence from Lewis’ crime spree.

Lewis was booked into the Solano County Jail on several felony and misdemeanor charges. After he faces his time for those charges, he will be brought back to the Stanislaus County and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm against a peace officer, hit and run with property damage, flight from a peace officer with disregard to public safety, resisting a peace officer, and possession of a destructive or explosive device.

“In an effort to maintain the safety of the community and within a short window of time, the collaboration of multiple law enforcement agencies working together made it possible to bring this dangerous situation to a safe conclusion,” said Officer Richard Fortado.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Richard Fortado at 209-664-7399.

Jonathan Alan Lewis

Man arrested after motorcycle stop leads to the discovery of loaded handgun and narcotics

On Thursday, May 12th, 2022, at 12:52 am, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of Porsche Strasse and N Walnut Rd, Turlock, observed a motorcycle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with the motorcycle’s rider and identified him as Timothy Shaw, 23, of Turlock. The officer had his dispatcher run Shaw and he returned to be on probation for driving under the influence of drugs. He also had a suspended or revoked driver’s license and a non-extraditable warrant out of Texas for robbery.

As part of Shaw’s probation terms, he, his property, and anything in his immediate possession can be searched at any time and any peace officer. A probation search of Shaw’s person led to the discovery of a loaded handgun and narcotics.

Shaw was briefly questioned and he stated that he had found a backpack lying around in the parking lot of a local business about an hour prior. He stated that in the backpack, he found a variety of items, which included the loaded handgun and narcotics. He stated that he took the loaded handgun and narcotics and left the backpack and the rest of its contents behind.

Shaw was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon or person addicted to a narcotic, possession of ammunition by a prohibited person, carrying a loaded firearm, and possession of a controlled substance while armed.

Subject leads officers on high speed fifty mile pursuit early Wednesday morning

On Wednesday, May 11th, 2022, at 1:19 am, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of Lander Ave and E Glenwood Ave, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he attempted to make a traffic stop on it. The vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit ensued.

The pursuit made its way northbound on State Route 99, eastbound on W Taylor Rd, northbound on Geer Rd, and then northbound on Santa Fe Ave into Hughson, Modesto, and ultimately Riverbank. The pursuit then went back down to Modesto from Riverbank and made its way into Waterford. From Waterford, the pursuit went southbound on Hickman Rd. It was ultimately terminated due to officer safety concerns near East Ave, just southeast of Denair, after one of the pursuing police vehicles had a mechanical failure, leaving only one police vehicle in the pursuit.

The pursuit lasted approximately thirty five minutes and was approximately fifty miles long. Speeds reached an excess of one hundred miles per hour.

At some point during the pursuit, officers learned that the vehicle was wanted by the Ceres Police Department because it had fled from them the week prior. The Ceres Police Department’s original reasons for attempting to stop the vehicle remain unclear.

The California Highway Patrol and Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the pursuit while the Modesto Police Department and Ceres Police Department were made aware of it in case their assistance was needed.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Ryan Mulhim at 209-668-5550 extension 6673.

Officer and police motorcycle struck during high speed wrong-way pursuit Tuesday morning

On Tuesday, May 10th, 2022, at 6:55 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a security check at 76 DoubleTime, 101 N Tully Rd, Turlock, after a male subject had been seen slumped over behind the wheel of a black Nissan sedan in the parking lot of the gas station.

When officers arrived on scene, they found a matching vehicle occupied by one male subject who was awake. They made contact with him and believed that he was under the influence, so they asked him to open his door. The subject refused, so officers opened his door for him. The subject then began to drive in reverse, ignoring the officers’ orders to stop. He struck an officer, who was not injured, and a pole near the gas pumps, before ultimately fleeing westbound on W Main St.

A pursuit was initiated and the subject went northbound on State Route 99, before exiting eastbound onto Fulkerth Rd and then northbound in the southbound lanes of N Golden State Blvd. The pursuit was terminated near Pedras Rd, however, officers continued to trail the vehicle at a distance.

The vehicle was involved in another collision while crossing W Tuolumne Rd. Luckily, no one was injured. It obviously did not stop and continued, still northbound in the southbound lanes.

Officers continued following the vehicle into Keyes, where it pulled into the driveway of a residence, however, quickly backed out when it noticed officers were still trailing behind it. The subject then struck an unoccupied police motorcycle and nearly struck an officer standing near it in the 4200 block of Warda Ave.

The subject then fled towards Ceres, however, officers stopped trailing him as ordered to by their sergeant. He was involved in at least one other collision in the county.

Officers later located and recovered the vehicle in Ceres, however, the subject has yet to be identified or located.

The investigation remains on-going.

Suspect in rape of motel clerk arrested Friday night

On Friday, May 6th, 2022, at 8:26 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported sex offense that had just occurred at Days Inn, 185 N Tully Rd, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they found a subject standing near the office who matched the description of their suspect. He was detained for their investigation and identified as Osman Mukhammadiyev, 29, of Massachusetts. Mukhammadiyev told officers that he was a long-haul truck driver who was staying at the motel.

Other officers met with the victim and began their investigation. She told them that Mukhammadiyev had called the front desk to report an equipment issue in his room, in an attempt to summon her. When she went to the room to fix the issue, he sexually assaulted her while she had her back towards him. During the assault, the victim was able to fight Mukhammadiyev off of her and escape to the office, where she called police.

Detectives responded to the scene to take over the investigation. Evidence was collected and interviews were conducted, one of which was with Mukhammadiyev.

After the interview, Mukhammadiyev was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of rape by force or fear, false imprisonment, and kidnapping to commit robbery or a sex crime.

“We are deeply concerned because the suspect in this case is a long-haul truck driver,” said Detective Tony Argueta. “We believe there may be other victims of similar assaults by this assailant in other communities. A unique characteristic of Mukhammadiyev is that he is a smaller statured male who speaks with a heavy Russian accent. The Turlock Police Department urges anyone who has been a victim involving Mukhammadiyev, or any other victims of sexual assault or other crimes, to file a report with your local authorities,” he continued.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Detective Tony Argueta at 209-668-6538.

Osman Mukhammadiyev

Man arrested in stolen vehicle with warrant for joyriding Saturday afternoon

On Saturday, May 7th, 2022, at 3:02 pm, a Turlock Police officer near Fast Stop Liquor, 301 W Canal Dr, Turlock, ran a license plate on a vehicle and the vehicle returned stolen, so he conducted a high risk stop on it.

The vehicle’s driver, Esequiel Espinosa, 55, of Modesto, who was its only occupant, was pulled out at gunpoint and detained without further incident.

A brief investigation was conducted and it confirmed that the vehicle was indeed stolen. Additionally, Espoinosa returned with a felony warrant for joyriding and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Espinosa was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on his warrant and charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a tear gas weapon, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The stolen vehicle was returned back to its rightful owner.

Man crashes into house while chasing hit and run driver Sunday night

On Sunday, May 8th, 2022, at 11:33 pm, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with unknown injuries in the 0 block of N Daubenberger Rd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a single vehicle involved, a black Volkswagen sedan, that had crashed into a guy-wire and a house.

The vehicle had a single occupant, an adult male, who did not suffer any injuries. The house that was struck was unoccupied at the time of the collision.

The vehicle sustained moderate damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

Officers began investigating and determined that the collision happened when the driver of the vehicle lost control as he was chasing another vehicle that had struck him just prior to at the intersection of East Avenue and North Vincent Road. The California Highway Patrol responded to investigate that collision and no information regarding it is available as of now.

The Turlock Irrigation District responded to the scene to conduct repairs to the guy-wire.

Drunk driver arrested after crashing and causing injury Sunday night

On Sunday, May 8th, 2022, at 8:23 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported hit and run with no injuries at the intersection of Flower St and Grant Ave, Turlock.

As officers were responding, they received a call reporting that the suspect vehicle from the hit and run had been involved in another collision at the intersection of Lander Ave and South Ave.

Officers diverted to the second collision because the possible suspect and his vehicle were still there.

When officers arrived, they found a total of three vehicles involved. One was a gray Chevrolet SUV, one was a black Toyota sedan, and the other was a white Chevrolet pickup truck.

The gray Chevrolet SUV was the suspect vehicle in the hit and run and was only occupied by its driver, Albert Ramirez, 35, of Turlock. He did not suffer any injuries. The black Toyota sedan was occupied by a male adult driver and a female adult passenger. The female passenger suffered minor injuries but refused to be transported to the hospital. The white Chevrolet pickup truck was occupied by a female adult driver and a male juvenile passenger. Neither of them suffered any injuries.

Officers noticed that Ramirez was exhibiting signs of being under the influence, so they asked him to participate in standardized field sobriety tests. Ramirez participated in one, but refused to participate in the other two. Based on Ramirez’s performance on the one test, other factors, and the totality of the circumstances, officers determined that Ramirez was indeed under the influence of alcohol.

The black Chevrolet SUV and black Toyota sedan sustained moderate damage and were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away. The white Chevrolet pickup truck sustained minor damage and was able to be driven away from the scene.

It is currently unknown how the collision happened.

Another officer went back to the original scene and found a gray Hyundai sedan that had been struck by Ramirez’s gray Chevrolet SUV. The gray Hyundai sedan had an unknown number of occupants that suffered unknown injuries. It sustained minor damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away. It is currently unknown how that collision happened.

No witnesses were available to identify Ramirez as the driver in the original collision.

Ramirez was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury.

Man allegedly involved in assault arrested on felony warrant Saturday night

On Saturday, May 7th, 2022, at 9:58 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported assault and battery in progress at Evergreen Packaging, 1500 W Main St, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they made contact with one of the involved subjects, Eric Collins, 41, of Turlock, who told them that the other subject had already left and that they were not fighting, but that he was just simply helping him up.

The officer had his dispatcher run Collins’ name, and he returned with a felony warrant for joyriding, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting a peace officer.

Collins was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on his warrant.

No victim of any assault later called to report that they were a victim.

Man wanted on felony domestic violence charges arrested early Saturday morning

On Saturday, May 7th, 2022, at 1:30 am, a Turlock Police officer near Arco AMPM, 210 N Golden State Blvd, Turlock, noticed a subject in the parking lot of the gas station which he recognized as someone with an active felony information and belief warrant.

The officer got out with the subject, Kenneth Alsip, 42, of Turlock, and asked his dispatcher to confirm the warrant. The warrant was confirmed for domestic violence causing corporal injury and false imprisonment.

Alsip was briefly questioned about the incident which had occurred just three days prior at Central Park, however, he denied any involvement and claimed he did not know what the officer was talking about.

Alsip was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on his warrant.

Drunk driver arrested after striking parked vehicle and fleeing on foot Friday night

On Friday, May 6th, 2022, at 9:15 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with unknown injuries in front of Denair Manor Apartments, 550 Wayside Dr, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they found three vehicles involved. One was a blue Nissan SUV, one was a gray Nissan sedan, and the other was a blue Ford sedan.

The blue Nissan SUV had two occupants, its driver, Octavio Macias, 23, of Turock, and his passenger. Both suffered minor injuries. Macias refused to be transported to the hospital while his passenger was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital. The other two vehicles were parked on the side of the road and unoccupied.

As officers attempted to make contact with Macias, he began to flee on foot, however, was quickly apprehended without further incident around the corner in the 1300 block of N Denair Ave.

Officers noticed that Macias was exhibiting signs of being under the influence, so they asked him to participate in standardized field sobriety tests. Macias participated in one, however, was unable to participate in the other two because of how intoxicated he was. An open alcohol container was also found in his vehicle.

All three vehicles sustained moderate damage. The blue Nissan SUV and the gray Nissan sedan were deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring them to be towed away. The blue Ford sedan was not deemed inoperable and it was left parked on the side of the road.

Officers began investigating and learned from witnesses that the blue Nissan SUV was westbound in the 500 block of Wayside Drive when it struck the left rear of the gray Nissan sedan. The impact pushed the gray Nissan sedan and caused the front of it to strike the rear of the blue Ford sedan. After the blue Nissan sedan struck the gray Nissan sedan, it veered to the left and came to final rest facing southbound in the middle of the road. One of the witnesses reported to officers that the blue Nissan SUV was engaged in some sort of reckless driving activity with another vehicle, a silver sedan, which did not stick around.

Macias was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater, resisting a peace officer, and hit and run causing property damage. He was also issued a driver’s license suspension order.

Sideshow wreaks havoc in southwest Turlock Thursday night

On Thursday, May 5th, 2022, at 10:00 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported sideshow coming into town off of W Main St, Turlock. Officers made their way there where they found over one hundred vehicles headed eastbound. The officers followed the vehicles to Wakefield Elementary School, 400 South Ave.

Once at Wakefield Elementary School, the group started doing burnouts and launching off illegal aerial fireworks in the parking lot and the street. This went on for about an hour before the group eventually left town northbound on N Golden State Blvd.

Somewhere around ten traffic stops were made during this time period for a variety of equipment and moving violations, a majority of which resulted in citations being issued.

As the group was leaving town, an officer in an unmarked vehicle noticed a U-Haul pickup truck driving at excessive speeds through residential streets and completely disregarding and blowing through stop signs.

The officer made a traffic stop on the U-Haul and immediately arrested its driver, Jesse Cruz, 20, of Turlock. A brief investigation led to the discovery of evidence that burnouts were being performed with the U-Haul in its wheel well. Cruz was eventually released on a citation on charges of reckless driving. The U-Haul was also impounded.

About an hour later, at 12:23 am, officers were dispatched to another sideshow group gathering in the parking lot of Costco, 2955 N Tegner Rd. Luckily, as officers began arriving, that group quickly began dispersing. A few more traffic stops were made which resulted in a couple more citations being issued.

After that, no more sideshow activity was reported in town throughout the night.

Man arrested after leading officers on pursuit and rolling vehicle over Thursday night

On Thursday, May 5th, 2022, at 8:59 pm, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of W Main St and N Soderquist Rd, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he attempted to make a traffic stop on it, however, it failed to stop and a pursuit ensued.

The vehicle went eastbound on W Main St before attempting to turn southbound onto Locust St where it lost control, struck a guy-wire, and rolled over.

The vehicle’s driver, Isaiah Singh, 23, of Turlock, and his passenger, Marlo Variste, 28, of Turlock, then leg bailed from the vehicle. Both were quickly apprehended without further incident.

It is currently unknown if Singh suffered any injuries, however, Variste suffered minor injuries. He was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital.

The vehicle sustained major damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

The Turlock Irrigation District was called out to the scene to conduct repairs on the guy-wire.

Singh’s motive for fleeing remains unclear as neither he nor Variste had any warrants, there was nothing of interest inside the vehicle, and the vehicle was not stolen.

Singh was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of flight from a peace officer with disregard to public safety, hit and run involving injuries, resisting a peace officer, and violation of probation.

Variste was arrested and released on a citation on charges of resisting a peace officer.

Early Sunday morning gang assault results in five arrests

On Sunday, May 1st, 2022, at 2:07 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported assault and battery that had just occurred behind Staley’s Club, 426 E Main St, Turlock, involving several individuals.

Before officers could arrive on scene, everyone involved had left the area, however, an additional victim who lives on East Ave called to report that he too had been attacked by the same group of individuals who had followed him home.

Officers responded to the residence and checked the area, however, they were unable to locate any of the involved parties. That victim suffered serious injuries to his face and torso. Evidence later confirmed that the attack was unprovoked.

Officers began investigating and learned that the group of individuals responsible for the attacks were a part of a criminal street gang, however, the victims were not. The attacks were committed to further the gang’s status.

The following day, detectives and members of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) partnered together to work the case. Through hours of investigation, they were able to identify Jose Aguilar, 29, of Turlock, Vincente Ruiz, 41, of Modesto, Arthur Peralta, 30, of Turlock, and Angelica Lopez, 33, of Turlock as those involved in the attacks. Warrants were sought and authorized for all four.

This morning, Thursday May 5th, multiple local law enforcement agencies served those warrants in the 900 block of North Olive Avenue, the 200 block of North Thor Street, and the 1100 block of Bethany Avenue in Turlock, as well as the 2600 block of River Creek Circle in Modesto.

All the subjects named above were arrested, as well as Adrian Peralta, 25, of Turlock, who was arrested as a result of items located inside his residence during the service of one of the warrants.

All five arrested face assault, inchoate, gang, and weapon related charges.

“The safety of our community is our number one concern,” said newly promoted Captain Steve Rodrigues. “We want to thank all of our law enforcement partners who assisted in the apprehension of these violent gang members,” he continued.

Two Turlock schools were advised of this operation in advance and were briefly placed on soft lockdowns out of an abundance of caution.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Jake Young at 209-668-6575.

Jose Aguilar
Vincente Ruiz
Arthur Peralta
Angelica Lopez
Adrian Peralta

Six female juveniles rob two, victim arrested for felony warrant early Thursday morning

On Thursday, May 5th, 2022, at 4:23 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported assault and battery in progress at QuikStop, 1260 Geer Rd, Turlock. The reporting party was the clerk of the business who was reporting that several juveniles were in some sort of fight in the parking lot, jumping on top of vehicles.

Just prior to officers arriving on scene, most of the involved parties got into a black Kia sedan and fled the area southbound on Geer Rd and then westbound on either Twentieth Century Blvd or W Hawkeye Ave. Assisting officers checked the area for the vehicle, but were unable to locate it.

Officers arrived on scene and made contact with two involved adult subjects, a male and a female, that remained at the scene. After speaking to them, officers learned that they were the victims and that this was not an assault and battery, but rather a robbery. Approximately six female juveniles had stolen unknown property from the victims’ possession with the use of force, before fleeing the area in the black Kia sedan.

Unfortunately for the female victim, Angelica Saucedo, 28, of Turlock, she turned out to have a felony warrant and two misdemeanor warrants out for her arrest for an array of charges including auto theft, so she was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on her warrants.

The investigation remains on-going.

Man arrested after recklessly starting warming fire Tuesday morning

On Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022, at 8:30 am, the Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to a reported potential structure fire at one of the old Jura’s Pizza Parlor locations, 309 N Center St, Turlock, after several people had called in to report that there was gray and black smoke coming from the building.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a small fire inside the already almost burned down that had been started as a warming fire but had spread to the actual building. Firefighters were able to quickly put the fire out and keep it contained to the building.

Inside the building, firefighters also found Jesse Gil, 53, of Turlock, who had started the fire. The Turlock Police Department was requested to respond to conduct an investigation.

After the investigation, Gil was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of unlawfully causing a fire and trespassing.

The Palms apartment window shot out early Tuesday morning

On Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022, at 12:19 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to reported shots fired at The Palms Apartments, 1119 Pedras Rd, Turlock, after several people called in to report that they had heard gunshots and sounds of glass breaking.

As officers began arriving on scene, they noticed a suspicious vehicle beginning to leave the area. Because of how close they were to the location when the call went out, they decided to stop the vehicle and make contact with its driver, as it was possible he was involved in the incident. Officers noticed what they believed to be a firearm in plain sight in the vehicle, so the subject was detained at gunpoint.

Officers began searching the apartment complex and came upon an apartment in the northeast corner of the complex that had a window which had been shot out. The apartment was searched for any possible victims and it was determined to have been empty.

Upon further investigation, officers determined that the subject who was detained was actually not involved in the incident and that it was all just a coincidence. Further examination of the firearm in plain sight revealed it to be an airsoft gun, while further examination of the window that had been shot out revealed that it had been shot out by a real firearm. The subject was released from detention shortly thereafter.

Officers later made contact with the resident of the apartment over the phone and he had no information to share with them as to why someone had shot out his window.

No injuries were reported and the shooter remains on the loose.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Officer Gustavo Fajardo at 209-668-1200.

Man arrested after being caught in stolen vehicle Monday afternoon

On Monday, May 2nd, 2022, at 4:17 pm, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of Kenwood Ave and E Canal Dr, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with the vehicle’s driver, Brain Magniez, 41, of Hilmar, and became suspicious about the vehicle being stolen as it matched the description of one they had been looking for.

After a brief investigation and assistance from the Stanislaus County Auto Theft Taskforce, the officer determined that the vehicle was indeed the stolen vehicle they had been looking for.

Magniez was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of receiving a stolen vehicle.

The vehicle was released back to its owner. It was not wrecked, stripped, or burned.

Grass fire extends into RV Tuesday afternoon

On Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022, at 3:11 pm, the Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to a reported vegetation fire alongside State Route 99 near Ike’s Appliance Repair, 1107 W Linwood Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a grass fire that had extended into a recreational vehicle. Smoke from the fire affected visibility on the southbound state of State Route 99 until crews were able to get the fire under control.

Crews were quickly able to get the fire under control and extinguish it, keeping it contained to the grass and RV.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire remains unknown.

Woman escapes train crash with minor injuries Tuesday afternoon

On Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022, at 3:58 pm, the Turlock Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office, Turlock Fire Department, Turlock Rural Fire Protection District, Keyes Fire Protection District, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of W Taylor Rd and Taylor Ct, Turlock, after a train had struck a vehicle.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a stopped Union Pacific train that had struck a white Acura sedan. The white Acura sedan had a small fire, but it was quickly extinguished.

The train had two crew members on board, neither of which suffered any injuries. The white Acura sedan had a single female occupant which surprisingly only suffered minor injuries. She was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital.

The train sustained very minor superficial damage and was able to be driven away from the scene. The white Acura sedan sustained major damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

The train engineer stated that as he was headed southbound at an unknown speed, the white Acura sedan came eastbound on W Taylor Rd, approaching the railroad tracks and attempting to beat the train. As the white Acura sedan was about halfway over the tracks, the front left corner of the lead locomotive struck it. The train pushed the white Acura sedan about thirty feet southeast, causing it to collide with a railroad crossing box and a power pole, coming to final rest. The power pole snapped in half.

The Turlock Irrigation District responded to make repairs to the power pole and city crews responded to set up barriers while crews work.

Belligerent drunk driver arrested after passively resisting officers Monday evening

On Monday, May 2nd, 2022, at 7:47 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported dangerous driver at the intersection of N Denair Ave and E Hawkeye Ave, Turlock.

The caller began following the vehicle and updating dispatch with locations until it ultimately stopped at Wayside Market, 735 Wayside Dr.

Officers responding to the call arrived at Wayside Market just as the vehicle began leaving. Officers observed a violation of the California Vehicle Code and made a traffic stop on the vehicle at the intersection of N Denair Ave and Wayside Dr.

Officers made contact with the vehicle’s driver and identified him as Jacob Sparks, 39, of Patterson.

Officers immediately noticed that Sparks was exhibiting signs of being under the influence, so they removed him from the vehicle and asked him to participate in standardized field sobriety tests. Sparks agreed to participate, however, was only able to participate in one test and was unable to follow directions to begin the other two.

Officers asked Sparks to blow into a preliminary alcohol screening device, however, he refused.

Based on Sparks’ performance on the one and only test he participated in, his inability to begin the other two, and his driving, officers determined that Sparks was indeed under the influence of alcohol.

Officers then told Sparks that he was under arrest and to turn around and put his hands behind his back, however, he became belligerent and began passively resisting. Officers were eventually able to put him in handcuffs without further incident.

Sparks was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater. He was also issued a driver’s license suspension order and his vehicle was impounded.

Man arrested after crashing into tree due to Hydrocodone overdose early Sunday morning

On Sunday, May 1st, 2022, at 3:43 am, the Turlock Police Department and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with unknown injuries at a residence in the 900 block of E Main St, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a single vehicle involved, a white GMC SUV, which had collided into a tree.

The vehicle had a single occupant, Ismael Flores, 28, of Modesto. Flores had suffered minor injuries and was also found to be overdosing on Hydrocodone. He was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital.

Prior to Flores being transported, officers attempted to run him through standardized field sobriety tests, however, he was unable to complete them. He was arrested.

The vehicle sustained moderate damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

It is currently unknown how the collision occurred, however, it was determined to be the result of a Hydrocodone overdose.

After Flores was released from the hospital, he was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving under the influence of drugs.

Woman arrested for dognapping Saturday night

On Saturday, April 30th, 2022, at 9:08 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported robbery that had just occurred at 76 DoubleTime, 101 N Tully Rd, Turlock.

When officers arrived on scene, they met with the victim inside the business who stated that a woman had nicely approached him and asked to pet his dog. While doing so, she randomly snapped, struck him in the face three times causing an injury, and ran off with his dog.

Other officers checking the area found the woman still with the dog hanging out in the parking lot behind the business. She was detained in handcuffs to further investigate the incident. Her identity is currently unknown.

During the investigation, the woman told officers that she had rescued the dog from the victim because he was abusing him, however, those claims were determined to be unfounded.

The woman was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of robbery.

The dog was reunited with her owner.

Traffic stop leads to the discovery of felony warrants, firearm, and narcotics early Friday morning

On Friday, April 29th, 2022, at 12:07 am, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of S First St and G St, Turlock, observed a vehicle violate the California Vehicle Code, so he made a traffic stop on it.

The officer made contact with the vehicle’s two occupants and identified them as Augustin Nunez, 26, of Delhi, and Alejandro Lopez, 26, of Turlock. The officer had his dispatcher run both Nunez and Lopez. Nunez returned with two felony warrants and two misdemeanor warrants for narcotics, weapon, and traffic related charges, while Lopez returned clear.

Additionally, a search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a firearm that was in Nunez’s possession and narcotics that were in Lopez’s possession.

Both were arrested, Nunez was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon or person addicted to narcotics, possession of ammunition by a prohibited person, carrying a concealed firearm, and carrying a loaded firearm, while Lopez was released on a citation on charges of possession of a controlled substance.

One injured in wrong-way hit and run involving alcohol and juveniles early Saturday morning

On Saturday, April 30th, 2022, at 12:33 am, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and Westside Community Ambulance were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of Fulkerth Rd and N Soderquist Rd, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they located a single vehicle involved, a gray Nissan sedan, which had collided into a couple of metal bollards.

The vehicle had five occupants at the time of the collision, however, its driver had fled on foot, so only four were at the scene. An adult front seat passenger, age 21, suffered minor injuries but refused to be transported to the hospital, while three juvenile back seat passengers, ages 13, 15, and 17, were uninjured.

The vehicle sustained moderate damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away.

Officers began investigating and had a hard time putting the pieces together because little cooperation was given to them and no one wanted to identify the driver who had fled on foot.

One of the back seat juvenile passengers eventually told officers that the driver had turned westbound into the eastbound lanes of Fulkerth Rd from N Golden State Blvd and had then collided into the bollards when he tried to correct into the right lanes of traffic, not realizing that the bollards were there.

Additionally, a 24-pack of Modelo beer was found lying on the ground right next to the vehicle. All three juveniles were picked up by their respective parents and officers reported the incident to the Stanislaus County Community Services Agency’s Child & Family Services Division for further follow-up.

The investigation remains on-going.