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STOLEN CARS DRIVEN INTO BUSINESSES: CERES - Two stolen Honda passenger cars were guided into two businesses Sunday morning in what may be cases of "ghost driving," said Deputy Police Chief Mike Borges.

Ghost driving is where a person drives a car by steering it from outside the car. In this case the suspects jumped off the moving car before the impact. One car was guided into a concrete loading dock behind a business on Hatch Road. The second car was guided into the front doors of Auto Zone. A security cage kept the car from plowing into the business.

Police found out about the car into the front of Auto Zone by a 6:49 a.m. burglar alarm. A witness later told police that he saw two vehicles driving recklessly in Independence Park.

The cars were stolen from the apartment complex at 1629 Richland.

Witnesses pegged the suspects as being young Hispanic males.

A similar crime occurred Sunday morning, Oct. 5 when a stolen car was aimed at a earthen bike ramp and took off. Police were called at 6:29 a.m. to the area behind Kragen's Auto Parts in the 1300 block of Hatch Road with complaints that someone was spinning donuts in the dirt. When they arrived they found a car stuck on one of the berms. The car was running with no keys in the ignition and a cement block jammed against the accelerator.

SPOUSAL ABUSE ALLEGED: CERES - A Ceres man will be answering to charges that he physically attacked his wife Monday, Oct. 6.

Police received a call that Pedro Mendoza, 23, of Ceres, was holding a baby as a hostage in the bathroom and that he was armed with a knife and threatening to shoot people.

Police arrived at 11:55 p.m at Mendoza's house in the 2000 block of Glenridge Drive. A crisis negotiations team was assembled and made entry into the house. At the door they were greeted by a female who was holding a baby. A second baby was asleep in the bedroom.

Mendoza was arrested for corporal injury on a spouse, damaging or destroying a phone, and making criminal threats. Deputy Police Chief Mike Borges said the woman sustained injuries to her arms, legs, and neck.

Alcohol was involved, he noted.

PRINTS LEAD TO BURGLARY SUSPECTS: CERES - Fingerprints lifted from the scene of a September burglary of Argus High School in Ceres led to the arrest of a suspect on Thursday.

The school was broken into the weekend of Sept. 26-28 and items were taken. Community Service Officer Michelle Houston did such a great job of lifting prints that a data base match was made to parolee Ronald Beltran, 27, of Ceres. Members of the Street Crimes Unit found Beltran at his home in the 1700 block of Holm Avenue. He was charged with burglary and a parole violation.

Evidence at his house led police to an alleged accomplice, Andrew Bartlett, 26, of Ceres. Bartlett was arrested at his North Street residence and charged with possession of stolen property, probation violation and possession of methamphetamine.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGE: CERES - A 23-year-old Ceres man was arrested early Monday morning for domestic violence.

Police said that Jeremy Herrera, 23, faces charges of domestic violence after he struck his 28-year-old boyfriend in the face and head. The arrest was made at12:48 a.m. Monday in the 4600 block of Tenth Street.

TIP LEADS TO ARREST: CERES - An anonymous tip about alleged drug and gun sales led Ceres officers to arrest a 31-year-old Ceres man on Wednesday.

The caller thought that Urbano Perez was dealing out of his house in the 1400 block of Marynell. The call was made to the new Street Crimes Unit tip hotline at 538-5740. Police visited Perez's house at 6:30 p.m. and didn't find any evidence that he was selling drugs or guns. But officers did note that Perez had two outstanding warrants issued by Santa Clara County and arrested him.

ATTEMPTED ROBBERS GET AWAY: CERES - Two males who tried to rob individuals of cash in two different attempts escaped arrest Saturday evening in the vicinity of Stonum and Nadine.

A 53-year-old woman who was walking the track for exercise at JFK School was approached by two subjects who demanded money. When she explained that she didn't have any money they asked for her car keys. The woman explained that she didn't have any car keys on her and then they fled. The woman called police at 10:57 p.m.

The same two suspects then approached a second victim, an 18-year-old male and demanded they he hand over money. The man was grabbed by the jacket but he fought and wiggled out of the jacket and ran off.

By then two police units arrived but the suspects took off. The search was aided by a police canine and a Sheriff's helicopter that was brought in to use a spotlight.

The victims were unable to give a good description of the victims, only saying that one was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and the other was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt.

POT GROWING OPERATION HALTED: CERES - An indoor marijuana growing operation was halted by police in the 2000 block Ariano last week.

Mike Borges, the deputy police chief of Ceres, said his department doesn't have any idea who was growing the pot since the house was vacant. Police dismantled the growing operation in the 10 p.m. call on Oct. 8.