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More arrests in Ceres linked triple homicide

POSTED March 7, 2013 3:10 p.m.

Modesto police have arrested all of the suspects wanted in connection with a triple homicide that occurred in Modesto a year ago with connections to a Ceres false imprisonment case.

On Tuesday, Feb. 26 Modesto detectives arrested Robert Palomino, 43, and Juan Jose Nila, 27, as they left the courthouse for an unrelated weapons case. Others arrested and charged with homicide were Armando Osegueda, 31, Jose Osegueda Jr., 36, Richard Tyrone Garcia, 31, and Joseph Luis Jauriqui, 23. The seventh suspect, Ricky Javier Madrigal, 20, turned himself in on Friday.

All seven have been implicated in the March 3, 2012 attack inside a home on North McClure Road in which three persons -- David Siebels, 16, Alyxandria Tellez, 19, and Edward Joseph Reinig, 31 -- were all fatally shot to death. Siebels was the brother of the Ceres torture victim.

The only person in the McClure house who was not killed was the pregnant woman who was brutally beaten, terrorized and held captive in a Ceres home for nine days from Jan. 27 to Feb. 4, 2012. The woman, then 18, was a girlfriend of one of suspect Richard Garcia, 31. The woman, whose name has not been released, was held against her will at 1757 Richland Avenue. She was finally released, said police, because the physical wounds she suffered had healed. As soon as she was released to her family she was taken to a Modesto hospital for treatment of bruises and cigarette burns.

All seven homicide suspects face criminal gang enhancements since they all known to belong to the Norteno street crimes gang. They also face enhancements for using a firearm and committing homicide in the commission of a burglary. They could face the death penalty.

Arrested in the Ceres imprisonment case were Garcia, 31, who is accused of beating and threatening to kill his girlfriend after finding a message on her cell phone that upset him. Also charged are Armando Osegueda, 31, of Ceres, who help bind the victim with tape and zip ties as they uttered threats to kill her, using a knife at one point, as well as attempting to strangle her. The victim also reported that Garcia continued to threaten her and her family. A third suspect, Jose Osegueda, 35, of Ceres, was arrested for possession of controlled substances for sale, unlawful possession of a controlled substance while armed, and possession of stolen property.

Police say that searches of the Ceres torture case suspects' homes yielded evidence of drug sales.

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LindaTaylor: 4 years, 3 months ago

Stanislaus County has between 10 and 12 thousand gang members, over 5,000 are documented gang members. To put these numbers into perspective, gang members in our community represent a higher number than the entire population of Denair, Del Rio, Westley, Grayson, Hickman, and Hughson combined.

There’s no question we need to find solutions to our gang problem and it’s time to get serious. We need a publicly accessible gang database similar to Megan’s Law. A database that would provide specific information on documented gang members, such as a name, description, age, and crimes he or she has been convicted of.

Cal Gangs is a statewide gang database currently for law enforcement’s use only. Instead of reinventing the wheel, we should open part of this database so the general public can search for documented gang members living in their area. Just as we have the right to know if a sexual predator is living in our neighborhoods, we have the right to know if domestic terrorists live there also! Documented gang members in our community far outnumber sexual predators and they pose an even greater threat. If any of you have tried to get a gang members name you know how difficult it can be, typically you can’t get close enough to get a street name much less a real name. With access to a publicly accessible gang database, you can instantly get that information, and it would dramatically reduce the number of calls to law enforcement without specific suspect information, and I predict with a database, the number of calls with specific suspect information will rise sharply.

A publicly accessible gang database will empower the general public, by providing life saving information should they or someone they know become the target or a victim of a documented gang member.

Knowledge is power.



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