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KEYES MAN ARRESTED IN STABBING: CERES - A 62-year-old Keyes man was arrested for stabbing another man in the face during an attack on the afternoon of Tuesday, March 3.

John Sanchez was arrested at his home in the 5500 block of 10th Street after several witnesses identified him as the assailant in the 2 p.m. attack in the 5400 block of Seventh Street. The victim, who was in his 50s, had been slashed in the face by a knife and had been rushed to a local hospital for treatment.

Sanchez was arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon.

ID THEFT ARREST MADE: CERES - Calls from residents in the 1700 block of Myrtlewood Drive about a suspicious man prompted the arrest of a 42-year-old Cerean on Tuesday, March 3.

Police received a call at 10:45 p.m. about Marcus Lopez sitting in his vehicle. Officer Darren Venn responded and found Lopez who was either passed out or asleep in the car. At first Lopez gave Venn his brother's name who incidentally had a warrant for his arrest. Venn learned Lopez's true name from a parolee card in the car. Venn also found Lopez with evidence of ID theft - someone else's driver's license with his picture attached to it.

Lopez was booked for probation violation, impersonating another, forgery and possession of forged documents.

ARMED ROBBERY ON RICHARD WAY: CERES - A 15-year-old girl reported that she was robbed at knifepoint early Wednesday morning in the 1800 block of Richard Way.

The suspects in the 12:41 a.m. case on March 4 are still at large.

The teen was walking to her house after walking a friend home and passed by a residence in the 1600 block of Gene Road and saw two hispanic males hanging out. She kept walking when they caught up to her. One of the men grabbed her from behind and held a knife to her throat as her purse was stolen.

The suspects were described as between the ages of 18 and 20 with one being about 6-foot tall and 150 pounds and the other 6-foot-5 and 180 pounds. Both were wearing black bandanas over their faces, black hooded sweatshirts and blue jeans.

DRIVE-BY SHOOTING: CERES - A Ceres police officer was in the right place at the right time Thursday evening to apprehend a carload of persons believed responsible for a drive-by shooting in the Darrah Street area.

At approximately 8:57 p.m. Officer Dan Fairchilds was patrolling in the 2000 block of Darrah Street when he heard several shots ring out. He then saw a red or burgandy 1993 Pontiac Grand Am making a fast eastbound turn onto Darrah from Lois. Fairchilds chased the vehicle, stopping it at Central and Hollister and detaining five persons, three of which were arrested.

As officers were taking the suspects out of the car, police dispatchers received calls about occupants of a red car throwing weapons onto the ground in the 1000 block of Darrah. Police recovered two .38-caliber revolvers, a .45-caliber handgun, and a 9mm machine pistol. Two of the guns had been stolen.

Arrested were three from Modesto. Abigail Hoefert, 23, was charged with possession of stolen property, vandalism and being armed in the commission of a felony. James Moore, 21, was charged with possesion of stolen property, vandalism and being armed in commission of a felony. Justin Banks, 24, was charged with parole violation, possession of stolen property, and being armed in commission of a felony.

The shots struck a parked 1992 Toyota Camry and a house in the 1900 block of Darrah.

Deputy Chief of Police Mike Borges said his agency is unsure who was targeted in the attack.

Anyone who has information to share may contact the Street Crimes Unit at 538-5740 or the Detectives Bureau at 538-5727.

DRUNK TEEN ARRESTED: CERES - Police shut down a large Friday evening party in the 1700 block of Gene Road in which 50 to 100 persons had gathered.

When officers arrived at 11:09 p.m. to shut it down they tried to identify any juveniles who were intoxicated. They found a Modesto boy, 15, who appeared to be very intoxicated who wouldn't give his name. He was arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest and possession of tobacco products. He was turned over to his parents.

AM/PM EMBEZZLEMENT ALLEGED: CERES - An employee of the Hatch Road AM/PM mini-mart store was arrested for embezzlement on Saturday.

The owner of the store suspected he was being ripped off by an employee and conducted surveillance that pinpointed that Harmanpreet Singh, 19, of Ceres, was taking money from customers for products but failing to ring them up to pocket the cash. The owner estimated that Singh took over $400, said Deputy Police Chief Mike Borges.

CROWBAR UP SLEEVE NETS CHARGE: CERES - Officer Joe Wren made a traffic stop on a bicyclist riding without a headlight at Fifth and Lawrence on Saturday and found Ricky Reed, 23, of Ceres, carrying a crowbar. Reed was attempting to conceal the metal tool up his right sleeve when the officer spotted him at 8:06 p.m. Reed told Wren that he was carrying the bar for protection and was cited for possession of an illegal weapon.

MAN WITH WARRANT TRIES RUNNING AWAY: CERES - A 28-year-old Ceres man tried outrunning police Saturday who were after him for two warrants, but he didn't get away. Victor Simonson was taken to the County Jail for the warrants as well as a new charge of resisting arrest.

Police were tipped off that Simonson was in Don Pedro Park at 11:28 p.m. He was wanted for two prior arrests for possession of a controlled substance and skipping bail at $100,000 bail on each charge. When Simonson saw the officer he started jumping over fences. Police set up a perimeter and used a canine to flush out Simonson. He was seen jumping fences in the area of Mazarri Lane but was eventually captured in the 1600 block of Inland Avenue.

OFFICER PUNCHED IN THE FACE BREAKING UP PARTY: CERES - Two men were arrested Saturday as police were shutting down a party in the 2800 block of Cordova Court, as the result of a complaint of loud noises.

Police had been out to the house earlier and told the owner to turn down the music and disband. A second call came in at 12:25 a.m. and police were dispatched to the address again.

Deputy Chief of Police Mike Borges said that Chad Ware, 26, of Ceres, was interfering with officers who were attempting to cite the owner of the house. Officer Dan Fairchilds told Ware to go back inside the house or face arrest. When Officer Fairchild moved toward Ware to make an arrest, Ware tried to dart inside the house. That's when Otoniel Valencia, 20, stepped in front of Fairchilds but was pushed back. Valencia tried to go back at Fairchilds when Officer Joe Wren stepped in and took a punch to the face from Valencia's fist.

Valencia was booked on charges of public intoxication, resisting arrest and battery on a peace officer.

Ware was booked on charges of public intoxication and resisting arrest.

Both later apologized to police and said that the alcohol must have contributed to their behavior.

COCAINE ARREST DURING TRAFFIC STOP: CERES - Officer Jonathan Vera made a traffic stop early Sunday morning and received owner consent to search the car, but was surprised to find a small amount of cocaine, along with baggies and a scale. During the stop in the 2000 block of Whitmore Avenue, Vera arrested Kristian Barocio, 21, of Ceres, and booked him on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of controlled substance for sale.

The incident took place at 12:06 p.m.