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UPDATE: Man from August 10th DUI hit and run arrested after release from hospital Wednesday afternoon

On Wednesday, October 19th, 2022, at 12:38 pm, a Turlock Police officer near a residence in the 600 block of Rockwood Ave, Turlock, recognized the man who had been involved in the DUI hit and run leaving a child injured on Monday, October 10th, 2022, at the intersection of Lander Ave and E Linwood Ave, so he got out with him knowing that he was wanted on the case.

James Hilton, 26, of Turlock, had been arrested the night of the incident, however, was released to be admitted into a local hospital. Shortly after his admission, he was discharged from the hospital.

Hilton was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury, driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater causing injury, hit and run causing injury, driving with a suspended driver’s license due to a DUI conviction, and failing to provide evidence of financial responsibility upon the demand of a peace officer while driving, as well as a warrant. The warrant was a $10,000 misdemeanor bench warrant out of Merced for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater, and driving with a suspended driver’s license due to a DUI conviction.

UPDATE: Man with warrant for 14 felonies who lied about his name during traffic stop Sunday night arrested after relative reports him

On Tuesday, October 18th, 2022, at 8:20 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a warrant service at a residence in the 3800 block of Porto Fino St, Turlock, after a relative of the man with a warrant for 14 felonies who had lied about his name during a traffic stop two nights prior had called to report that he was at her residence.

Officers arrived on scene and contacted the man, Jason Larsen, 34, of Turlock.

Officers had their dispatcher run Larsen to confirm the warrant and he returned with a $250,500 felony bench warrant out of Modesto for kidnapping a person with the intent of holding them for ransom, carjacking, robbery, assault with a firearm, possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded and operable firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, and possession of methamphetamines.

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

Although only seven charges are listed above with only six of them being felonies, some of them had several counts, bringing the total to 15 counts, 14 of which are felonies.

After Larsen had lied about his name during the traffic stop two nights prior, officers had begun extensively searching for him which included visits to the homes of relatives. Officers told his relatives to call if he showed up at their home, which is why this relative did.

UPDATE: Driver from Tuesday’s hit and run arrested, vehicle recovered, and victim identified Thursday morning

On Thursday, October 13th, 2022, at 5:00 pm, the Turlock Police Department came out with an update regarding the hit and run that had occurred on Tuesday, October 11th, 2022, in the 2100 block of Fulkerth Rd, Turlock, which left an 83-year old man dead.

The Turlock Police Department announced the arrest of the responsible driver, the recovery of the involved vehicle, and the identity of the deceased victim.

At about 10:30 am, Armando Michael Arreola, 25, of Turlock, went to the Turlock Police Department to turn himself in as the responsible driver.

Arreola was interviewed by the Major Accident Investigation Team and the interview led to the discovery of the whereabouts of the involved vehicle. At the request of the Turlock Police Department, the Modesto Police Department responded to the 600 block of E Coolidge Ave, Modesto, and recovered the vehicle. It was taken to the Turlock Police Department where it will eventually be processed for evidence associated with the hit and run.

At the conclusion of the interview, Arreola was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of hit and run causing injury or death and manslaughter.

The deceased victim was identified as Santiago Estrada-Gonzalez, 83, of Delhi.

“The investigation into this incident is not over with the arrest of Arreola and the recovery of the involved vehicle,” said Turlock Police Acting Captain Russell Holeman. “The Traffic Safety Unit will be serving additional search warrants and will continue their work to gather evidence to solidify this investigation. We offer our sincere condolences to Santiago’s family during their time of loss,” he continued.

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.

UPDATE: Woman from July 24th gas station armed robbery arrested Friday night

On Friday, September 30th, 2022, at 8:09 pm, Turlock Police detectives were conducting follow-up investigation in the armed robbery that had occurred on Sunday, July 24th, 2022, at Chevron ExtraMile, 2300 W Main St, Turlock.

Detectives were able to identify Ashanda Lee, 43, of Ceres, as their suspect in that case after they had discovered that she had been arrested a few days prior on unrelated warrants.

Ashanda was rearrested and rebooked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of robbery.

UPDATE: Second suspect from Friday’s homicide arrested Monday evening

On Monday, September 12th, 2022, at 5:22 pm, Turlock Police investigators near the 200 block of E Tuolumne Rd, Turlock, spotted one of the outstanding suspects from the homicide that had occurred on Friday, September 9th, 2022, at the intersection of Lander Ave and Bernell Ave.

Investigators, along with detectives and officers, were able to arrest David Rivera Cruz, 30, of Turlock, without incident.

Cruz was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury.

Despite the relentless efforts of the Turlock Police Department, the final remaining suspect of the three, Alfonso Garcia, 23, of Turlock, remains on the loose. The Turlock Police Department asks for your assistance in locating Garcia. If he is spotted, immediately call police. Do not approach him as he is considered dangerous.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Detective Frank Navarro at 209-664-7319.

David Rivera Cruz

UPDATE: Victim and two additional suspects from Friday’s homicide identified

On Monday, September 12th, 2022, at 2:39 pm, the Turlock Police Department came out with an update regarding the homicide that had occurred on Friday, September 9th, 2022, at the intersection of Lander Ave and Bernell Ave, Turlock.

The deceased victim has been identified as David Gomez Mendoza, 28, of Modesto, while the two additional suspects have been identified as Alfonso Garcia, 23, of Turlock, and David Rivera Cruz, 30, of Turlock.

The Turlock Police Department asks for your assistance in locating Garcia and Cruz. If either men are spotted, immediately call police. Do not attempt to approach them as they are both considered dangerous.

The first suspect who was arrested within hours of the homicide, Manuel Maldonado, 29, of Turlock, remains in custody at the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center. He currently has a no bail status.

“Detectives are relentlessly working this investigation in an effort to bring the remaining two suspects to justice,” said Turlock Police Detective Frank Navarro. “Please help by calling if you see either of these two men,” he continued.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Detective Frank Navarro at 209-664-7319.

UPDATE: Second woman from June 17th The Home Depot robbery involving scorpion killer spray arrested Tuesday afternoon

On Tuesday, July 5th, 2022, at 4:20 pm, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported disturbance in progress at Arco AMPM, 2301 Fulkerth Rd, where a woman was yelling at random people for no apparent reason.

When officers arrived in the area, they located the woman in front of Walmart, 2111 Fulkerth Rd and made contact with her, identifying her as Augustina Chavez, 29, of Turlock.

When officers ran Chavez, they discovered that she was wanted in connection to the robbery that had occurred on Friday, June 17th, at The Home Depot, 2800 Countryside Dr.

Chavez was the woman who had sprayed a loss prevention officer with scorpion killer spray while he was confronting her and her accomplice as they were exiting the store with unpaid merchandise.

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

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.