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Boothe Road homicide suspect eludes Ceres police
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Ceres Police raided a place of interest in Stockton Wednesday, Dec. 2 in their investigation of the fatal shooting of a man on Boothe Road on Nov. 22.

Police did not make an arrest for the murder of Ryan S. Flores, 33, but did make two drug arrests as a result of the search of a home in the 100 block of Noble Street in Stockton.

"We have not identified any suspect," said Deputy Police Chief Mike Borges, "pending a review of all he evidence we have gathered."

At approximately 1205 p.m., Ceres Police investigators, assisted by the Central Valley Gang Impact Task Force members and personnel from the Stockton Police, served a search warrant on the property. Officers were looking for evidence linked with the murder. They found two handguns, approximately two pounds of cocaine, 13 grams of heroin, a pound of methamphetamine, and a half pound of marijuana.

Arrested and charged were Wqas Khan, 22, and Miranda Espinoza, 28, both of Stockton. Both were booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of marijuana for sale, and being armed in the commission of a felony. Neither Khan nor Espinoza were charged with the Ceres slaying.

Police are still investigating the fatal shooting, which occurred at 1:22 a.m. on Nov. 22 in the 2000 block of Boothe Road, but are not giving much information.

Flores, 33, was a parolee from the Milpitas area who was living in Ceres. Borges said his department learned that Flores was wanted by parole agents for the past four years.

The victim sustained numerous gunshot wounds to his torso. Police tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him.

Earwitness David Signer told the Bee that he heard two men jumping a fence after hearing five shots ring out. Police recovered spent casings at the crime scene and believe that Flores was shot by someone on foot.

No weapon was found at the scene, indicating that Flores may not have been armed.

Flores' white Cadillac Escalade was towed by police after the crime. Officers also searched a residence believed to be used by Flores up until his death.

Anyone with information concerning the homicide is asked to contact Detective Keith Griebel at 538-5627.