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RAPE ATTEMPT: CERES - A woman told police that a man sexually assaulted her in the Kmart parking lot on Friday evening.

The woman said that a black male adult came up to her and started groping her and attempting to rip her shirt off. She fought him and he took off, running westbound toward the Hatch Road overpass.

The incident was reported at 8:22 p.m.

The suspect was described as 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, brown eyes, balding with black mustache, wearing a light blue shirt and black slacks.

Anyone with information on the suspect may call police detectives at 538-5727.

BURGLARY SUSPECT NABBED: CERES - Numerous calls from the public enabled Ceres police to arrest a 24-year-old Turlock man Saturday, May 31, caught in the act of breaking into a residence. Eric Black was charged with committing a residential burglary.

A neighbor in the 2700 block of Standford Avenue called 9-1-1 at 6:41 p.m. after hearing glass break at a nearby house and seeing a suspect running westbound on Stanford. Officers set up a perimeter in an attempt to find the suspect. Officer Joe Wren and his police canine, Axel, tracked the suspect to the area of North and Sixth streets. At about the same time a Fifth Street resident called to report a man hiding in a backyard. A citizen chased Black out of the yard with a pitchfork, said Deputy Chief of Police Mike Borges.

"Citizens helped out big time," said Borges. "We couldn't have done it without their assistance that's for sure. That's what we always advocate - citizen involvement."

TRAFFIC STOP YIELDS GUN: CERES - A traffic stop made by a Ceres police office early Sunday, June 1 netted two arrests.

Officer Carlos Quiroz initiated the traffic stop at 1:12 a.m. in the area of Morgan and Hackett roads. The car's driver, Arturo Lopez, 24, of Modesto, was arrested for driving while under the influence as well as possession of a concealed firearm, a .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun.

Ruperto Lopez, 22, of Modesto, was charged with being a felon in possession of ammunition.

Two others in the car were released.

BREAK-IN INTERRUPTED: CERES - Two juveniles were only cited for violating the curfew since no one could positively identify them as the juveniles who tried to burglarize a vehicle in the 700 block of Tularosa.

A resident in the neighborhood interrupted three teens trying to break into the vehicle at 1:01 a.m. on Thursday. They took off, running toward Strawberry Fields Park. One teen was seen jumping into the yard of Sinclear Elementary School. Two of three suspects were found.

One of the boys was 14 years old and on probation for stealing cars.

CRASH INTO APARTMENTS: CERES - A Turlock teenager was arrested after he allegedly crashed a stolen Honda into the Wedgewood Apartments in the 1700 block of Richland Avenue on Thursday morning and fled on foot.

Joshua Kreuger, 18, was later located and charged with auto theft, hit and run, and felony DUI.

Police said that the white 1992 Honda was stolen out of Turlock. It struck the building at 2:27 a.m. on causing structural damage. Kreuger and passenger Rey Martinez, 25, also of Turlock, fled on foot, said police.

The pair were seen running to a nearby residence and then leaving in a dark-colored car driven by Kreuger's sister, Ashley Kreuger. Police stopped the vehicle and arrested both men. Martinez was charged with possession of stolen property.

ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON: CERES - Russell Green, 26, of Ceres, was arrested early Thursday for assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly drove his vehicle into a mobilehome occupied by the mother of his child.

Deputy Chief of Police Mike Borges said that Green was upset about where the mother of his baby was hanging out. Green ran his vehicle, said Borges, into a parked car, which set a chain reaction collision into a boat trailer, mobilehome steps and a shed. He then allegedly ran the car a second time into the mobilehome knocking it off its blocks.

The incident occurred in the 2900 block of Don Pedro at 3:09 a.m. on June 5.

MARIJUANA PLANTS DISCOVERED: CERES - Police seized 175 marijuana plants from a house in the 1500 block of Cullen Avenue after a structure fire was reported there.

Firefighters arrived at 7:46 p.m. Saturday May 31 and discovered the plants growing inside the residence.

The fire reportedly started from a cooling unit in a front bedroom.

HIT-AND-RUN CRASH: CERES - Alcohol was a factor in the crash of a vehicle into a yard on Don Pedro Avenue at Tenth Street on Friday evening.

The driver, who fled from the 8:58 p.m. crash, is being sought by police. Also fleeing were other occupants of the car. One remained: a boy who earlier in the evening received his Ceres High School diploma. He was not arrested.

Police did arrest passenger Gurpreet Singh, who just turned 18 that day, for public drunkenness.

Deputy Police Chief Mike Borges said the driver was driving recklessly and tried to make a left turn from southbound Tenth onto eastbound Don Pedro. He went through a front yard, barely missing a house but striking a fence in the neighboring yard.

"We will be following up with the registered owner," said Borges.