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PAROLEE HOLDS OFF POLICE: CERES - Police had a stand-off Friday after a wanted parolee fled from a sergeant during an attempted arrest.

Juliese Lawson, 27, who was found in the 1900 block of Darrah Avenue at 10:15 a.m., was wanted for two warrants - one issued by the Department of Corrections for violating parole, and a second through the Oakland Police, a felony failure to appear on charges of oral copulation with a person under 14 years.

As Sgt. Dennis Perry attempted to take Lawson into custody he ran off and at one point slipped his hand into his waistband where Perry saw a handgun. Lawson fled around a corner and climbed a fence and appeared to be running toward the apartment it was believed he was visiting. A perimeter was set up around the apartment complex as the Ceres Police SWAT unit was deployed with a crisis negotiator. Apartments surrounding the location were evacuated, and negotiation began. At approximately 2:19 p.m. Lawson exited the apartment, and as he surrendered, made obscene gestures with his hands to the officers. He was taken into custody without further incident.

A search of the location failed to locate the weapon. Evidence indicated that Lawson had been hiding in an attic. Red Cross personnel were on scene to assist residents who had been displaced during the evacuations. Residents were allowed back into their homes shortly after 3:15 p.m.

Along with the warrants, Lawson was booked on new charges: Of being a felon in possession of a firearm, committing a felony while on bail, carrying a concealed firearm and resisting arrest.

HOME INVADED, RESIDED BEATEN: CERES - A 56-year-old resident of the 2200 block of Boothe Road was severely beaten by men who broke into his house on Saturday morning.

Police were called to the residence at 5:20 a.m. but unable to get a lot of information because the victim had been badly beaten. At least one of the men was armed with a handgun. The wounded man was found by family members. He had been beaten by at least three male subjects who made entry through an unlock door. They surprised the victim, covered his head and began beating him. At one point a gun was held to his head demanding to know where his pills were but he didn't know what they were talking about.

The victim was taken to a local hospital in very serious condition. His condition was upgraded to critical but stable condition. Besides the injuries to his face and head, he has chest injuries as well.

Police said the suspects may have been in an SUV possibly 2004 model, similar to a Tahoe or Yukon, black or dark gray in color, or a white 2007 Cadillac with chrome rims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Griebel 538-5627 or our detective unit at 538-5727.

SHOTS FIRED AT GAS STATION: CERES - A Ceres teen was arrested after he allegedly fired two rounds from a .357-caliber handgun toward a group of males at the gas station island at AM/PM Mini-Mart at the corner of Hatch and Richland on Tuesday, April 14.

Officer Chris Melton was on patrol in the area at 12:24 a.m. when he heard two gunshots. He spotted a red Ford Mustang speedily leaving the AM/PM going eastbound on Hatch Road. The officer followed the Mustang onto northbound Central Avenue and then westbound on River Road. Mustang finally stopped at River and Richland. The car contained a 22-year-old man who was driving, two 14-year-old girls from Merced and Turlock and 18-year-old Ceres resident Francisco Pimentel who was sitting in the backseat. All four were taken out at gunpoint.

A search of the vehicle turned up a .357 revolver hidden under the back seat where Pimentel was sitting. Two rounds had been fired from the gun.

Pimentel was arrested on charges of firing a handgun in a negligent manner, carrying a loaded firearm and child endangerment. The others were released.

Police said that Pimentel and his male friend were at the AM/PM to buy beer when Pimentel, a proclaimed Surreno, got into an argument with others at the pumps who were throwing Norteno gang signs. As the car left, Pimentel allegedly fired two rounds.

TEEN ASSAULTS GROUP HOME STAFF: CERES - A 16-year-old teenage boy from a group home in the 2500 block of Leslie Lane was arrested Monday, April 13 after he threw a violent fit and assaulted a staff member.

At 9:51 a.m. on Monday, April 13 Ceres police were dispatched to the home where the boy grew upset with staff and began knocking holes into walls, throwing lawn furniture into the pool and heaving a rock at a van. He also pushed a staff member caused minor injuries.

The boy was located at the Ceres skate park and arrested for felony vandalism, and battery.

MOTHER & SON GO TO JAIL: CERES - A Modesto hit-and-run accident led to the arrests of a mother and son on April 13.

At 4:44 p.m. Ceres Police received a Be On the Lookout (BOL) for a red Ford Expedition from Modesto police. The vehicle was involved in a hit-and-run accident with an injury. The license plate was traced at a residence in the 1600 block of Nadine Avenue.

Officer Jason Brock set up a surveillance of the house and spotted the vehicle and decided to take the occupants out at gunpoint. Police said a 17-year-old male passenger had actually been driving at the time of the accident but later the two switched as drivers. His 47-year-old mother, Paulina Parker, was driving up to the Ceres house but was booked for DUI.

The boy was turned over to MPD for hit-and-run.

APOLOGIES IN HOME INVASION ROBBERY: CERES - Three men who apparently entered the wrong house for drugs and money ended up staging a home invasion robbery and then apologizing for the wrong address, said police.

The crime occurred between 1 p.m. and 1:36 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14 in the 2200 block of Trina Lane.

The victim could not give a lot of information to police because the suspects had her lie on floor and cover her face and not look at them. She said the men were speaking Spanish as they ransacked her home for jewelry and other property. The suspect was armed with a handgun. He was described as Hispanic, wearing a gray sweatshirt with hood, black shorts, white socks and white Adidas shoes.

The men apologized on the way out, said Deputy Police Chief Mike Borges.

Anyone with information on the suspects are urged to call the Detectives Bureau at 538-5727.

POT FOUND IN CAR: CERES - A 28-year-old Modesto man was taken to jail late Wednesday, April 15 after he was caught with marijuana in his parked car.

Officer Vanessa Garcia was patrolling in the 1900 block of Darrah Street at 10:35 p.m. when she saw four persons sitting inside a parked car. She checked it out and smelled marijuana in the car and was given consent to do a search. Marijuana was located as well as Estacy and Vicodin. Initially George Daniels gave the officer his brother's name but confessed that he lied. Daniels was arrested for possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of a controlled substance, giving false information to an officer, and a warrant for spousal abuse.

CAUGHT STEALING BOTTLE: CERES - Attempting to steal a bottle of Jack Daniels whiskey landed Steven England, 21, a trip to jail on April 16 after he tried assaulting store employees at Cost Less Foods on Hatch Road.

Store employees said that England walked into the store and when he was stopped while leaving the store at 8:40 p.m. without paying for the booze, he allegedly took swings at employees. Police arrived and arrested him. As he was being booked England began yelling at officers and challenging them. At one point he started grabbing an officer's Taser on his belt, challenging them to zap him as he said "I know you want to." England was brought under control by a baton instead.

England was charged with robbery, resisting arrest and a probation violation.

"If you use force to commit a petty theft, you change what would likely be a misdemeanor to a felony robbery," said Mike Borges, deputy chief of Police.

TAGGERS CAUGHT RED-HANDED: CERES - Two teenagers were caught red-handed tagging buildings in Smyrna Park on Friday evening. At 8:04 p.m. Officer Britton Moore saw 15- and 16-year-old teens from Modesto marking up signs in the covered area of Smyrna Park. When they saw that an officer had spotted them the two jumped into a car that took off. The 27-year-old driver pulled over, apparently unaware what his occupants had just done. Both teens were arrested for felony vandalism since the damage exceeded $400.

"The inside of the bathroom was tagged up pretty good," said Mike Borges, deputy chief of Police.

The graffiti was not gang related, he said.

SALON ROBBED AT GUNPOINT: CERES - Police are looking for the man who walked into Southern Exposure tanning salon on Saturday afternoon, held a gun at the clerk and made off with cash.

The robbery occurred at 3:22 p.m. when the suspect came in, pointed a silver automatic handgun at an employee, demanded cash and ordered her to kneel on the ground. Another employee came out front and was also held. He ordered the two into a room in the back as he helped himself to a purse.

The robber was described as a white man, 5-foot-10, wearing a dark ball cap, plaid shirt and denim jeans, sunglasses and possibly a fake bushy mustache.

TEEN ATTACKS CAREGIVER: CERES - A 12-year-old boy from a teen group home in the 1700 block of Banyon Court was arrested Saturday after he attacked a caregiver and threatened to kill others.

Police were called at 10:07 p.m. after the boy became upset with an order and threatened a staff member with a knife and then picked up a fire extinguisher and unloaded it in the person's face hoping to "suffocate" him. The boy grabbed the knife and stabbed walls and threatened to kill others.

The boy was cited into Juvenile Hall for brandishing a weapon, making threats, battery and an assault with caustic chemicals.

FAKE GUN IN SMYRNA PARK: CERES - Police officers arrested a 21-year-old Parmpal Johal, 21, of Modesto, for brandishing a replica firearm, probation violation and possession of a smoking device on Sunday.

Johal was allegedly threatening others in Smyrna Park with the gun when he was reported at 7:56 p.m. He was located and found with an airsoft handgun tucked in his shirt.