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• SHERIFF'S DETECTIVES INVESTIGATING ATTEMPTED HOMICIDE: SOUTH MODESTO - Sheriff's Department investigators are conducting an attempted homicide investigation after a 35-year-old Las Vegas man was seriously injured from multiple stab wounds over the holiday weekend.

Modesto Police officers responded to the 1100 block of Kansas Avenue for reports of an assault with a deadly weapon on Friday night. The call was first received at approximately 2:43 a.m., and deputies and emergency medical technicians soon responded once it was determined the crime took place in an unincorporated portion of south Modesto. Paramedics rushed the man to a local area hospital, where he underwent surgery.

The incident may have originated at the El Paradiso Bar, at Glenn Avenue and Crows Landing Road in south Modesto. Two men met with two women outside of the bar and agreed to leave with them once the bar closed. They drove to a warehouse on Kansas Avenue, where two unknown men confronted them. One was armed with a baseball bat, the other with a knife. Robbery was believed to be the original motive; although, nothing was reportedly taken. The victims defended themselves, tried to get away and awaited the arrival of emergency first responders. They were found some 500 feet away from where they were assaulted.

The stabbing victim was identified as Las Vegas resident Juan Carlos Felix. Felix was with a friend, Rojelio Escobar, 20, of Salinas. An unknown assailant struck Escobar with a baseball bat but his injuries were not serious.

The first suspect was described as a white female adult, aged 24 to 27, blonde hair, 5-foot-6, and weighing 130 to 140 pounds. The second suspect was a white female adult, 33 to 34 years, long blonde hair, 5-foot-6, weighing 220 pounds. The third suspect was described as a Latino man, 35 to 36 years of age with black beard and mustache, standing about 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-5, and weighing 160 pounds. The fourth suspect was a Latino man about 22 years old, weighing 220 pounds.

Anyone with information to help further this investigation, or whom may have been previously victimized by any of the described suspects, are urged to contact Det. Jon McQueary. He can be reached at 525-7099. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-602-7463 or at 521-4636.

• BURGLARY ARRESTS MADE: CERES - Hatch Road Kmart store personnel called police about a Dec. 20 theft that occurred at 4:27 p.m. Officer Chris Melton responded and conducted an area check and located Rodolfo Bravo, 31, of Modesto. He was arrested for burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Two days later at 2:58 p.m. Kmart employees reported an unknown male had hidden in the store at closing and later crawled through the store to steal a Nintendo Wii.

On Christmas eve the store sustained another theft with two suspects stuffing items into their pants and in hand bags. At 2:05 p.m. police arrested Kevin Hartley, 38, and Carla Foster 39, both of Modesto, after leaving the store with the stolen items. Both were arrested for burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime.

• DUI ARREST: CERES - Arturo Bentura, 23, of Modesto, was arrested and booked for drunk driving Dec. 23 after he was stopped at 12:28 a.m. in the 800 block of Bystrum by Officer Coey Henson.

• TAGGERS ARRESTED: CERES - Two juveniles were arrested by Officer Dan Fairchild Dec. 22 after they were seen tagging a wall with graffiti.

A bystander called police at 4:47 a.m. after seeing the minors spray-painting the wall in the 3700 block of Skeena. The 14- and 15-year-olds were found in possession of a can of spray paint and admitted to tagging the wall. They were cited for vandalism and released to their parents.

vFIGHT IN THE PARK: CERES - A 22-year-old Ceres man was arrested after two men were reported fighting in Smyrna Park early on Friday, Dec. 24.

Reports of the fight, possibly involving a knife, came into the dispatch center at 2:36 a.m. Officer Josh Klinge found Artemio Quintana, 22, of Ceres, who ran away into a back yard at 1551 Rose Avenue. Other patrol units responded and set up an perimeter. Quintana, who had a no-bail warrant out of Contra Costa County, was found hiding in the back yard and was arrested.

• PAROLEE ARRESTED AT STORE: CERES - A Christmas eve fight between a man and woman at the Ceres Walmart store at 12:45 p.m. ended when the man, a parolee, was arrested.

The woman told police that the man involved was a wanted parolee. Police arrested transient Enoch Boatman, 44, near the front of the store.

• TEEN JAILED FOR DELINQUENCY: CERES - A Ceres teenager was arrested Christmas eve on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

At 2:03 p.m., Officer Steven Carvalho went to a home in the 1000 block of Stone Springs Court to assist the Sheriff's Department in locating a reported runaway. Carvalho met 18-year-old Brandon Sosa at the door. Sosa was uncooperative in Officer Carvalho's inquiry on the runaway. Carvalho contacted a female who cooperated by pulling the runaway girl out of an upstairs bedroom. Carvalho returned the juvenile to her family and arrested Sosa.

• FIGHT IN STREET: CERES - A Christmas eve fight in the middle of the intersection of Blaker and Kinser resulted in the arrested of Hugo Montes, 28, of Modesto. Sgt. Trenton Johnson responded to the 11:34 p.m. call and arrested Montes for public intoxication, resisting an officer and a violation of probation.

• SCHOOL DAMAGED: CERES - Officers are looking for two persons who were possibly burglarizing Mae Hensley Junior High School of metal items on Christmas.

At 11:43 a.m., officers responded to the school but the suspects fled. Officers located a small trailer and a dolly that contained metal that appeared to be from air conditioner units at the school. School district officials were contacted and found four air conditioning units that were damaged and had metal removed. School officials estimated the value of the damage at $50,000.

The two suspects were described as white males in their mid 20s to early 30s, one wearing a gray shirt, blue gray baseball hat and blue jeans; the other wearing blue jeans, a white shirt and blue jacket.

• TEEN STEALS FROM STORE: CERES - A 15-year-old boy was arrested on Christmas after shoplifting from the Liquor King on Mitchell Road. The crime occurred at approximately 12:26 p.m. The owner of the store said he confronted the juvenile when he attempted to leave with merchandise concealed in his shirt sleeve. The juvenile admitted he went to the store to steal merchandise and was arrested for burglary.

• THREE ARRESTED IN HOME BURGLARY: CERES - Three persons were arrested Monday after a witness reported to police seeing a man loading items into a truck from a vacant house in the 2700 block of Canyon Drive.

At 2:38 a.m. hours, officers were dispatched to the house but the truck and its occupants had already fled the scene, driving through River View Park. Officers located the truck as it turned from Canyon Drive onto Moffett Road and stopped the vehicle. A pool pump and other items were located in the bed of the truck and were determined to belong at the vacant residence.

Driver Gerald Jeffrey, 36, of Modesto, was arrested for grand theft, vandalism and driving on a suspended license. Two passengers were arrested for other charges. Melinda Wilcox, 31, of Modesto, was wanted by the Modesto Police Department for burglary and Joseph Rivera, 36, of Modesto, was arrested for violating the terms of his parole.