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CHILDREN ASSAULTED: CERES - Four children aged 13 to 18 were assaulted by older males were assaulted July 5 in the 3800 block of Red Haven.

Police said that at 10:30 p.m. the four kids were confronted by three to four subjects in a older white Tahoe or Chevy Suburban who were upset and accusing them of throwing a water balloon at the vehicle. A Latino man in his 20s pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the kids. He was described as being 5-foot-9 and wearing a black jersey with red letters. The other males got out and began punching and kicking the boys with a 14-year-old taking the brunt of it. He was possibly struck in the head with a weapon and sustained cuts to his head. At one point one of the assailants said, "You shouldn't mess with the goons."

Three suspects were described as either Latino or Middle Eastern. The fourth was white and described as. 5-foot-9, 200 with spiky brown hair.

EX-BOYFRIEND TEXTS THREATS, SAYS POLICE: CERES - Joshua Boyken, 35, of Ceres, was arrested on several charges on July 6 after he allegedly made death threats against his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend just days previously.

Boyken's charges include making criminal threats, being an ex-felon in possession of a handgun and ammunition, and a parole violation.

On probation for a previous assault with a deadly weapon conviction and known to carry guns, Boyken allegedly began threatening to kill the woman and her new boyfriend via text messages on a cell phone on the afternoon of July 1.

Officer Coey Henson confirmed that Boyken was on probation and found him at his workplace in the 1100 block of Carpenter Road in Modesto. That contact led to a search of Boyken's residence in the 4000 block of Service Road where numerous weapons were found, including a .45- caliber handgun.

THIEVES BREAK INTO BLOCKBUSTER VIDEO: CERES - Officers were about a minute too late in catching the men who broke into the Blockbuster Video store on Hatch Road early in the morning of Tuesday, July 7.

A graveyard shift was out on extra patrol because of a rash of commercial burglaries all over Ceres when an alarm call came in at 5:20 p.m. Suspects had entered the back of the store by prying the door open, said Deputy Chief Mike Borges, and stolen video game consoles and games.

Borges said one suspect was a black man, two were white and one appeared to be Hispanic.

FEMALE ASSAULTED: CERES - Marvin Roberts, 21, of Ceres, was arrested July 12 for spousal abuse and violating a restraining order. At 8:30 a.m. police were called by a 19-year-old female who bore injuries from a July 8 assault inflicted by Roberts, her estranged boyfriend. He was arrested in the 2300 block of Mill Creek.