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• CHEVRON ROBBED: CERES - Police are seeking the man who held a knife to the throat of a female clerk at the Chevron station opposite Ceres High School Tuesday evening, May 18, during a robbery.

A man described as Hispanic between the ages of 20 to 30 walked into the station at the corner of Whitmore and Central at 7:06 p.m. and told the clerk that he was robbing her. He was wearing a black shirt, black pants, red hat and a gray wig. The clerk thought it was a joke and started to pick up the phone to call 911 when he jumped over the counter and held a knife to her neck saying it was no joke. A woman inside the store with her child fled the business. The robber then helped himself to an undisclosed amount of cash and then fled the business.

The suspect was described as 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8, and approximately 160 pounds. He was wearing white All Star Converse tennis shoes.

Anyone with information on the suspect is urged to call Detectives at 538-5727.

• PAROLEE ARRESTED: CERES - Ceres parolee-at-large Jason Qualls, 30, of Ceres, was taken into custody Friday afternoon after he tried to hide from officers in the attic of a Central Avenue apartment complex.

Police were tipped off at 11:30 a.m. that Qualls - wanted for violating the terms of his parole - was in the complex in the 3500 block of Central Avenue. When he found out officers were at the residence he climbed into a common attic shared by four units. After making several attempts to get Qualls to surrender, officer Joe Wren sent up canine Zeus to attack Qualls into submission. Qualls, who was attempting to hide under attic insulation, gave up after the dig bit him on the arm.

After being treated for the wound, Qualls was booked into the County Jail on charges of violating parole and resisting arrest.

• LOCAL ARRESTED FOR THEFT: CERES - A Ceres man was arrested for theft Wednesday, May 19 after he was spotted taking his personal possessions out of a car that had been previously stolen in Turlock.

At 12:40 p.m. Community Service Officer Patty Maloy was outside the Casa Grande Apartments in the 3100 block of Whitmore Avenue. She spotted Matthew Toliber, 19, inside of a green 1990 Accura Integra.

One of the items found on Toliber was a cell phone taken during a residential burglary the day before. Police Lt. Brent Smith said that Toliber had approached an 86-year-old woman in the 8000 block of Faith Home Road and asked her for some cash. The woman agreed and went into her house to get $5. Apparently Toliber walked in and was standing in the living room when the woman returned. Later the woman noticed that her cell phone was missing. Police learned about the unreported theft after calling the last number and reaching the victim's son who told officers about the crime. Police said the stolen phone had pictures of Toliber which he took of himself.

He was charged with possession of stolen property and residential burglary.

• FELONY DUI CHARGES: CERES - A woman sustained minor injuries in an early Sunday morning crash involving her allegedly intoxicated driver at Darrah Street and Central Avenue.

Witnesses called police at 12:20 a.m. on May 23 to report that a drunk driver had just cruised eastbound through a stop sign on Darrah Street and struck a utility pole on the east side of Central Avenue. The driver tried to drive the car away but could not because of the damage. Police arrived and found Janmichael Valdez, 28, of Ceres, a distance away from his heavily damaged 2005 Chevy Impala. His 22-year-old female passenger also left the scene in an attempt to call for help. The woman suffered an injury to her hand and complained of pain throughout her body. She was taken to Doctors Medical Center by ambulance.

Valdez was charged with felony DUI.