Category Archives: Update

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

UPDATE: Victim of Tuesday’s aggravated assault succumbs to her injuries

On Wednesday, March 9th, 2022, at 12:03 pm, the Turlock Police Department came out with an update regarding the aggravated assault that had occurred on Tuesday, March 8th, 2022, at O’Rielly Auto Parts, 1144 Geer Rd, Turlock.

The Turlock Police Department announced that the victim, Zobeyda Esquerra, 22, of Livingston, succumbed to her injuries while at the hospital.

Police also identified their suspect who was arrested after a manhunt yesterday as Juan Francisco Ibarra-Tapia, 22, of Livingston. Ibarra-Tapia was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of murder, attempted murder, flight from a peace officer, discharging a firearm during the commission of a felony, and discharging a firearm during the commission of a felony causing great bodily injury or death.

During the preliminary investigation, detectives revealed a couple of things. They revealed that this was not a random act of violence and that Ibarra-Tapia had previously been arrested in October of 2021 for stalking Esquerra. They also revealed that Ibarra-Tapia had shot at two employees of O’Rielly Auto Parts when he shot Esquerra. Luckily, those shots missed.

“Our hearts go out to the victim’s family, and we hope the arrest of the suspect brings some sense of closure as they mourn the loss of Zoe,” said Officer Gina Giovacchini.

Ibarra-Tapia is currently being held on a no-bail status.

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

UPDATE: Turlock Black Lives Matter Co-Founder takes plea deal in May 2021 battery on a peace officer case

On Friday, February 25th, 2022, at 8:30 am, Turlock Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Jaimee Ellison, 25, of Turlock, took a plea deal in her battery on a peace officer and attempted rescue of a prisoner case that occurred on Sunday, May 30th, 2021, at The Grand Cru, 130 W Main St, Turlock.

Ellison’s plea deal included a lesser misdemeanor charge of resisting a peace officer rather than her original felony charges of battery on a peace officer and attempted rescue of a prisoner.

The Honorable Judge Carrie Stephens sentenced Ellison to serve one day in county jail with credit for time served. She was also placed on probation for one year and ordered to pay restitution.

Jaimee Ellison

UPDATE: Second subject arrested in Thursday’s officer involved shooting

On Tuesday, December 21st, 2021, at 5:00 pm, the Turlock Police Department came out with an update regarding the officer involved shooting that occurred on Thursday, December 16th, 2021 at the intersection of High St and Lane St, Turlock.

The Turlock Police Department announced that they arrested an additional subject, Alexander Arroyo, 21, of Turlock, after he voluntarily came into the Turlock Police Department for questioning.

It is currently unclear if Arroyo was the second subject that officers had originally detained at the scene but then later released. It is also currently unclear what Arroyo’s exact involvement in the incident was.

Arroyo was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of attempted murder.

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.

UPDATE: Thursday’s officer involved shooting only had one shooter

On Friday, December 17th, 2021, at 1:00 pm, the Turlock Police Department came out with an update regarding the officer involved shooting that occurred on Thursday, December 16th, 2021 at the intersection of High St and Lane St, Turlock.

The Turlock Police Department announced that they had made a mistake and that there was only one shooter, Henry Moreno Arroyo, 40, of Turlock, who was arrested. The second shooter that they had been searching for all night is now believed to have never existed.

The Turlock Police Department also announced that Arroyo was struck by gunfire during the incident. He was treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound. It is believed that the shot he was struck by was fired by California Highway Patrol investigators, however, that has not yet been confirmed as the investigation is still in its early stages.

An additional subject who was not believed to be the second shooter was also detained for a few hours last night. They were interviewed and later released.

It has now been confirmed that the California Highway Patrol was the only agency who had officers who fired their weapons.

The California Highway Patrol has not yet released the identity of their investigator who was shot, the identity of their investigators who fired their weapons, and the details of the shooting that they had originally been investigating.

At this time, there is no indication that anyone else involved in this incident is currently outstanding.

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.

UPDATE: November 16th aggravated assault suspect arrested after brief standoff Wednesday evening

On Wednesday, December 1st, 2021, at 5:22 pm, Turlock Police detectives arrested Nathan Leroy Davis Sharp, 31, of Turlock, at his home in the 1200 block of Lambert Way, Turlock, in connection to the aggravated assault that occurred on Tuesday, November 16th, 2021 at Auto Zone, 1272 Geer Rd.

At about 4:00 pm, SIU officers were conducting surveillance on Sharp when they spotted him entering his residence. SIU officers along with detectives and patrol officers surrounded his residence which led to a brief standoff.

Out off an abundance of caution, neighbors were evacuated from their homes.

After nearly an hour of public address calls made outside his residence calling for his surrender, Sharp ended up emerging from his residence. He was taken into custody without further incident.

Detectives authored a search warrant for the residence and ended up serving it later that evening. Based on the evidence located during the search, Sharp may be facing charges on additional crimes he is suspected to have been involved with.

Sharp was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of battery causing great bodily injury and aggravated assault.

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