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• STANDOFF LASTS TWO HOURS: CERES - A two-hour standoff was staged Thursday morning between Ceres SWAT team members and a Darrah Street man who was deemed dangerous to his small children.

Officers went to the home of Ruperto Lopez, 25, in the 1900 block of Darrah Street at 12:45 a.m. on July 28 to check on four children ranging in age from 3 months to six years old. A family member called police after having received threatening phone calls from Lopez who was intoxicated and mentally unstable.

When officers arrived, Lopez first opened the door and then closed it, refusing to come out. Lopez remained in the home, periodically opening the door to yell out obscenities and threats against officers. Lopez would, at times, show the children at the door but refused to let them come out. It was later learned that the 3 month old child was not in the home.

A SWAT team was posted outside the house with a negotiations team with Lopez finally surrendering the children and himself at 2:43 a.m.

Lopez was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail for making terrorist threats, child endangerment, false imprisonment, resisting arrest and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

• PURSE SNATCHING ENDS IN ARREST: CERES - A student was robbed of her purse by a woman fleeing on a bicycle Tuesday, July 26, but police had their suspect and the purse back within minutes.

At 3:36 p.m. police were called to Ceres High School where the purse snatching took place. Officer Coey Henson located suspect Sharon Guptin, 43, of Ceres, on a bicycle and the stolen purse.

Guptin was arrested for theft with prior offenses of a theft, which is a felony.

• BURGLARY TOOLS ON SUSPECT: CERES - A 22-year-old Ceres man was arrested Thursday, July 28 after he was found in possession of burglary tools and drug paraphernalia.

At 3:49 p.m. police were called about a suspicious person walking up to houses and trying to open front doors.

Police found Jorge Maldonado, 22, of Ceres, who was on on probation. He was found with items commonly used for breaking into houses as well as a pipe used to smoke methamphetamine. Maldonado was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and burglary tools.

• SLOW SPEED PURSUIT: CERES - A 40-year-old Modestan was arrested Monday, July 25 after he led a Ceres police officer on a slow-speed pursuit north of Hatch Road.

At 10:50 p.m. Officer Coey Henson witnessed a violation performed by driver Dean Dougherty who was southbound on Highway 99 north of Hatch Road. Dougherty failed to yield to the officer and got off the freeway at Hatch Road and made his way back north. The suspect eventually stopped in the 500 block of South Ninth Street.

Dougherty blew into a Breathalyzer which showed a blood alcohol content of 0.25, far above the legal limit. Dougherty was arrested and charged with drunk driving, failure to yield to an officer and the driving violation.