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CERES MAN STABBED: MODESTO - A Ceres man was arrested in Ceres after Modesto police determined that he was the one who stabbed another Ceres man during a June 3 altercation at John's Incredible Pizza.

Panfilo Sarabia Preciado, 48, was found at a home in the 3200 block of Sagittarius Avenue in Ceres. He was booked on suspicion of felony assault with a deadly weapon.

The 33-year-old Ceres man who was stabbed in the back, was listed in serious condition at a local hospital.

Modesto police received a call about a fight with men inside the pizza restaurant that spilled out into the parking lot. Officers arrived and found the participants had scattered. Witnesses said three men fought three others and that blood was found inside the restaurant. The victim was taken by his friends to a local emergency room.

MODESTO MAN IN SERIOUS CONDITION AFTER SHOOTING: MODESTO - A Modesto man is in serious condition in a local hospital after being shot in front of an auto shop on Crowslanding Road. Several people witnessed the shooting and detectives have been following up on leads throughout the afternoon.

Shortly after 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, deputies were dispatched to the area of 696 Crowslanding Road to investigate a possible shooting. The area, which is just north of Highway 99, has several auto repair businesses in multiple buildings on the site. Arriving deputies were directed to a shop where they located the shooting victim who is a Hispanic male adult believed to be 24 or 25 years old.

Initial reports from witnesses were sketchy and several roads were shut down in an attempt to locate possible suspects. Deputies were unable to locate any suspects and the victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Detectives were called out and began to process the crime scene and get detailed statements from eyewitnesses.

"Modesto Police and CHP responded to assist and we were able to get a lot of cops on scene and into the area really quickly," said Sheriff's Detective Lt. Mick Hardenbrook. "Unfortunately, information from the witnesses came slowly and the suspects were able to flee the scene prior to our arrival."

After interviewing several of the witnesses, detectives believe that there may have been at least 3 men involved. Two of the men were described as Hispanic male adults in their 20's and the third was described as a Hispanic male in his late 40's. According to some witnesses, the three men left the area in a navy blue early 2000 model Volkswagen Jetta. The Jetta was very similar in style to a 2004 model and appeared to be in stock condition.

"It is a little to early to determine whether or not this shooting is gang related," said Detective Frank Soria. "Preliminary indications are that it may not be, but we haven't ruled that out as a motive yet."

Detectives believe that there may have been other witnesses that left prior to deputies arriving on scene. "I would like to talk to anyone who may have seen the shooting or anyone who may have information regarding this incident," said Soria. According to Soria, the witnesses can remain anonymous and they are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers with any information that they have.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Detective Frank Soria at 525-7080. Callers can also leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Tipsters can also e-mail tips at, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message and be eligible for a cash reward.

MAN FLIPS OUT ON DRUGS: CERES - Police arrested a man believed to be under the drugs as he harassed a mail carrier in the 800 block of Cadillac Drive on June 3.

Atanasio Zepeda, 21, of Ceres, was arrested on charges of being under the influence of a controlled substance, damaging phone lines, possession of controlled substance paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

At 12:17 p.m. Ceres police received a call from a postal carrier being harassed by a man who was yelling and screaming. When officer arrived, they could hear Zepeda ranting and raving from the street. He would not come to the door.

At 2:23 p.m. police were called by the man's parents. They said he was under the influence of a controlled substance. He cut the phone line as the call was being made.

RECKLESS DRIVING ALLEGED: CERES - Scott Nester, 34, of Ceres, went to jail June 4 after an officer saw his vehicle spin nearly out of control near Smyrna Park.

Nester told police that his vehicle was malfunctioning but officers checked things out and "didn't find anything obvious," said Deputy Ceres Police Chief Mike Borges. The officers found no problem with the accelerator being struck as Nester claimed.

Nester was arrested on charges of reckless driving.

At 11:37 a.m. an officer was traveling behind Nester as he drove on Garrison to Moffet then to Caswell. The officer was in the process of stopping Nester for a minor trafic violation when the vehicle began spinning donuts in the middle of intersection nearly striking a vehicle.

SHOOTER ARRESTED IN PARK: CERES - A 24-year-old Ceres felon will face charges that he fired a gun while he was intoxicated in Strawberry Fields Park on Saturday.

At 12:33 a.m. police dispatchers received calls about shots fired in the 900 block of Hackett. Police arrived and arrested Donovan Saldana. He was charged with negligent discharge of a firearm, being an ex felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and violating the terms of his parole.

Police found a handgun in a yard across from where he had been seed shooting.

Apparently nobody was struck by the bullets.

ARREST AT NEW COMMUNITY CENTER: CERES - Reyes Hernandez, 27, of Modesto, was arrested for public drunkeness and resisting arrest after an incident in the parking lot of the new Ceres Community Center.

At 12:45 a.m. a security guard saw Hernandez in the lot and he was possibly intoxicated. Hernandez told the security guard that he was a bounty hunter and needed to leave. It was reported that Hernandez was trying to get Lorena Rocha, 25, of Modesto, into his car. Police arrived and arrested Hernandez as well as Rocha, who was also intoxicated and who had two outstanding traffic warrants.

PUNCHED THROUGH SCREEN: CERES - An apartment dweller was arrested Sunday evening after he allegedly punched his neighbor in the nose through a screen window.

The incident happened at 11:35 p.m. at the apartment complex at 1625 Richland Avenue. Police said Javier Grajeda, 32, of Ceres, was allegedly drunk and speaking loudly on a cell phone outside of another neighbor's window where a small child was sleeping. When asked to go inside, Grajeda decided to punch the neighbor through the screen, hitting him in the nose. Grajeda was placed under citizen's arrest until police arrived.

PAIR ARRESTED: CERES - Two persons were arrested for possessing a stolen U-Haul trailer at Hatch and Richland on Monday. Officer Chris Melton saw the U-Haul make an illegal maneuver at 8:57 p.m. He pulled the vehicle over in the Cost Less Foods parking lot but both man and woman tried to distance themselves from the vehicle. At first they denied having driven over the median.

The female driver, Angela Ramirez, 32, said she was driving on a suspended license. Her passenger, Richard Vaughn, 45, of Atwater, was also wanted for Modesto Police warrants for theft and resisting arrest.

The U-Haul trailer had a different plate on it and had been reported stolen out of Merced.

Ramirez was arrested for driving on a suspended license, giving false information to an officer, and possession of stolen property.

Vaughn was arrested for possession of stolen property and the warrants.