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• ASSAULT AT DEL TACO: CERES - A Washington man eating at the Del Taco in the 2400 block of Mitchell Road was assaulted by a gun-wielding suspect on Wednesday, July 14.

Mervine Scott, 33 of Bellingham, Wash., was in the dining area with his family when the assault happened at 6:30 p.m. Scott told officer Coey Henson that a group of Asian males were sitting near them and one kept staring at him when Scott told him to "to take a picture." The male had black hair with an orange dot dyed into the back of his head. The male got up and approached Scott and challenged him to a fight. The suspect then pulled a black handgun from his waistband, raised it and brought it down to try to strike Scott who blocked it with his arm. The gun sustained a minor injury to his elbow. The suspect and his entire group then fled, last seen driving northbound on Mitchell Road in a black Acura.

All witnesses who saw the incident left before the officer arrived. Anyone who can shed some light on the incident are urged to call the investigating Ceres Police officer at 538-5713.

• ARMED ROBBERY AT RADIO SHACK: CERES - A suspect aimed a gun at two Hatch Road Radio Shack store employees Friday evening in a robbery.

Ceres Police Lt. Brent Smith said a Hispanic man who appeared to be between the ages of 40 and 46 pretended to be shopping for a police scanner at approximately 8:21 p.m. on July 16. The suspect set the boxed scanner on the counter and they began ringing it up. At that point he told the clerk to hand over the money in the register and pulled out a black semi-automatic handgun. After he was given the money he left with the police scanner in hand in a "nonchalant manner."

The suspect was wearing gray shirt, black shorts and white shoes and had multiple tattoos on his forearm.

Anyone with information on the suspect or the robbery is urged to share information with Detective Keith Griebel at 538-5727.

• PAROLEE JUMPS INTO RIVER BUT IS CAPTURED: CERES - A Modesto man tried to flee Ceres police Saturday evening, July 17 but he didn't get away even after jumping into the Tuolumne River.

The incident unfolded at 9:45 p.m. when Officer Jon Vera spotted James Hunter, 40, running a red light at Hatch and Stonum roads in a 1999 silver Chevy Camaro. Hunter handed over his drivers' license to the officer and then decided to speed off. Officers Vera and Coey Henson gave chase in their cars and followed the Camaro westbound on Hatch Road where he blew a tire as he hit the curb while cutting the corner to sharp onto northbound Herndon Avenue. Hunter drove onto northbound Bystrum Road and stopped his car on River Road, running toward the river.

Officer Joe Wren brought out his police canine and in 20 minutes located Hunter in the river with his head above water. He was arrested and charged with criminal evading, poss of meth and parole violation.

• MAN SHOT ACCIDENTALLY: CERES - A Ceres man went to the hospital July 8 after a weapon fell from his gun cabinet and he was shot in the foot.

The 28-year-old Lotus Court resident was getting something out of his gun cabinet at 1:11 p.m. when an antique .22 rifle fell out and discharged into his left foot. The victim was transported to Doctors Medical Center where he was treated for the injury.