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• CAR JACKING ENDS IN ARREST: CERES - An auto theft suspect was arrested Saturday, a day after a 2002 VW Jetta was carjacked from a motorist in Ceres.

At approximately 11 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13, a car jacking occurred in the 1700 block of Herndon Road in Ceres. The thieves took the car and the victim's cell phone and wallet.

The next day, a Modesto police officer spotted the stolen car at the Days Inn on McHenry Avenue. The driver fled and a high-speed pursuit ensued. The chased ended when the suspect rolled the vehicle and was taken into custody.

Jeremy Anthony Montemarrano, 32, was booked into the County Jail for carjacking. He was also booked on numerous Modesto police charges including felony evading of a police officer, possession of stolen property, and a felon in possession of a firearm.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Britton Moore at 538-5627.

• DRUG SALE INTERRUPTED: CERES - A citizen's tip alerted police to interrupt an illegal drug transaction that occurred Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 8:40 p.m. at Tenth and Lawrence.

A 9-1-1 call was placed regarding suspicious activity between a man in a car and a man standing near the car. When the officer arrived the driver of the car took off, leaving John Brown 47, of Ceres, standing. He was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance and charged with that as well as possession of methamphetamine and possession of hypodermic syringes.

Police tracked the driver of the 2001 Audi to the 2500 block of Magnolia Street where Michael Mabrey, 46, of Ceres, was found with concentrated cannabis. He was arrested on charges of possession for drug sales.

• WOMAN ATTACKED IN ATTEMPTED RAPE: CERES - A South Modesto prostitute was victimized by a man who tried to renegotiate the price of sex and then attacked her at a Ceres business on Wednesday.

Pavlo Gavrilyuk, 37, a Ukranian national in the United States on a work visa, was arrested by police after someone tipped off police to the attack. A woman reported to police that a woman was screaming for help at an industrial building on Rockefeller Drive. Officers arrived and could hear the 31-year-old prostitute pleading to be released. They ordered Gavrilyuk to open up and he did. The woman's clothes were partially ripped off and she was battered.

According to Ceres Police Lt. Brent Smith, Gavrilyuk and the prostitute met on South Ninth Street and agreed to have sex at his place of business for $40. Smith said Gavrilyuk tried to negotiate the price down to $20 and an altercation ensued. Gavrilyuk became angry and allegedly threatened the woman with a hammer to get her to remove her clothes.

When the victim tried calling 911 for help Gavrilyuk knocked the phone from her hand. She managed, however, to call a friend, who notified officers at a nearby traffic stop.

Gavrilyuk, 37, is facing charges of false imprisonment, attempted rape, assault with a deadly weapon and battery.

• CELL PHONE SALE GOES AWRY: CERES - A 29-year-old Ceres man was assaulted during the theft of his cell phone he was intending to sell to a man who responded to his ad posted on craigslist.

The seller agreed to meet the man at his home in the 1400 block of Riverette at 7:40 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15. The suspect, a Latino man in his 20s, arrived in a silver four-door Volvo with a yellow piece of paper taped over the license plate. The suspect examined the phone, then pushed the man to the ground and ran off with the phone back to his car.

Lt. Brent Smith advised anyone doing a transaction from a craigslist ad to never meet at a private residence and alone.

• LOADED GUN FOUND IN CARLOAD OF TEENS: CERES - A 17-year-old Ceres boy was arrested and charged with possession of a loaded concealed handgun after a traffic stop made on Sunday evening.

At 11:54 p.m., Officer Brittany England stopped a vehicle for speeding. The driver tried to duck from the officer by pulling into a driveway on Brookings Court. England searched the vehicle and found a loaded revolver in the glove box. The 17-year-old passenger admitted the gun was his.

Driver Gabriel Concillion, 18, of Ceres, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and being a minor drinking an alcoholic beverage.

Open containers of beer were found in the car.

Three underaged females in the back seat were released to their parents and referred to Child Protective Services.

• MAN ASSAULTED IN BURGLARY: CERES - A 59-year-old Ceres man was knocked unconscious by a 24-year-old burglary suspect on Monday, Jan. 9.

Albert Thompson, 24, of Ceres, is wanted for the crime and is at large.

Police said that Thompson was seen kicked in the door of an apartment in the 2500 block of Don Pedro Road, and when the resident came home at 2:35 p.m., clubbed him in the head. The man was lying on the ground outside the residence when police arrived.

The victim said he was unsure what prompted the attack. He was treated at a local hospital for head injuries.

Police are seeking Thompson to arrest him on charges of assault with great bodily injury and burglary.

• JAIL ESCAPEE STEALS CERES CAR: CERES - An escapee from the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on Hackett Road was apprehended in Riverbank after he allegedly stole a gray-colored 1984 Olds Cutlass from a home in the 1000 block of Highlands Park Drive.

The escape was made at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11 by David Rigdon, 19, of Riverbank. A short time after the Sheriff's Department issued an advisory, Ceres police received a report of a stolen vehicle in a neighborhood near the jail in southwest Ceres.

Deputies later found out that Rigdon drove the stolen car to Riverbank where he was arrested and the vehicle recovered.

Rigdon was identified in a photo line-up by witnesses who saw the car being stolen.