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CRIME DIGEST published Aug. 10, 2011
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• FOUR ARRESTED IN DRIVE-BY SHOOTING: CERES - Four men were arrested Monday, Aug. 1 for their alleged role in a drive-by shooting in the 1600 block of Phil Way.

Officers believe that the carload of suspects took a shot at their victim because he was wearing a Dodgers cap, which may have given the indication that the man was a member of the Sureno gang.

After a shot rang out at 11:42 p.m. the victim followed the suspects' car onto Winepress Lane as he called 9-1-1 to report the shooting. Officers detained four Hispanic males wit suspected affiliations with the Norteno gang. The men were stopped as they walked away from the car. A loaded revolver was located by officers in the car.

The suspect were identified as a 17-year-old Modesto male whose name was not released because of his age, Eric Quesada, 18, Adolfo Gonzalez, 23, and Adam Acosta, 32, all of Ceres. All four were booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon with gang enhancements, conspiracy, and possession of a loaded concealed handgun.

• TWO ARRESTED IN VEHICLE BURGLARY: SOUTH MODESTO - Sheriff's deputies have arrested two men for vehicle burglary, assault with a deadly weapon and criminal conspiracy.

Travis Holsapple, 31, and Juan Carlos Hernandez, 24, both of Modesto, were arrested the afternoon of Wedneday, Aug. 3 on charges of vehicle burglary, assault with a deadly weapon and criminal conspiracy.

At 7:30 a.m., deputies and California Highway Patrol officers responded to the 2600 block of Ustick Road for a reported vehicle burglary. Two male suspects had broken into a cargo truck parked on the side of Ustick Road. When the owner of the cargo truck and a family member returned to pick up the truck, they found the suspects breaking into it. The suspects fled in their own vehicle and struck one of the family members during their escape. The family member was dragged by the car and was later transported to the emergency room for treatment of major injuries.

Deputies and investigators found the suspects' car in the 1700 block of Olympia Street. Holsapple and Hernandez were identified and arrested for vehicle burglary, assault with a deadly weapon and criminal conspiracy.

• MAN STABBED WALKING IN PARK: CERES - A man was treated at a Modesto hospital after he was jumped and stabbed while walking in Smyrna Park early Friday, Aug. 5.

Police were called at 2:05 a.m. after the victim walked home to the Whitmore Avenue and Della Street area. Officers noted that the man had a puncture wound on his side. The man told officers that he was walking in Smyrna Park and that a Latino man wearing a red bandana over his face jumped out of his vehicle, started screaming obscenities at the man and then stabbed him. The suspect then jumped back into the dark-colored vehicle and fled before officers could located him.

• HOME INVASION ROBBERY: CERES - Police are searching for three men who staged a Thursday, Aug. 4 home invasion robbery in the 2100 block of Panero Way.

Police received a call for help at 12:09 a.m.

The victim said there was a knock on the door and when he opened the door three black males forced their way in. All were armed with handguns. The victims were then bound with duct tape as a search of the home went on for 30 minutes. At one point the homeowner was forced to open a safe and the robbers stole 15 guns stored inside. Before fleeing, the suspects took the cell phones of the occupants.

Detectives ask anyone who may have clues to call the Detectives Bureau at 538-5727.

• LOADED GUN SEIZED IN PARK: CERES - An Empire teenager was arrested Sunday, Aug. 7, after an officer's security check of eight suspects in Smyrna Park yielded a gun.

At 4:20 p.m. officers approached eight subjects on benches at the horseshoe pits section of the park. Lt. Brent Smith said the males have a gang affiliation.

Daniel Gonzales, 18, was arrested when a loaded and concealed Colt .357 revolver was found on his person.

• GIRL SHOT IN TRAILER PARK: CERES - A 14-year-old girl sustained a bullet flesh wound Saturday, Aug. 6, after a man who was in a previous vehicle crash inside the Homestead Mobilehome Park on Don Pedro Road took a shot into a crowd.

The incident occurred at 8:46 p.m.

Details were sketchy but Lt. Brent Smith said Richard Deffley, 22, of Ceres, shot into an angry crowd after he fled from a car crash into an unknown object. Many park residents came out and confronted Deffley, who then left the scene. Deffley reportedly drove around the block and returned and then fired shots into the crowd. A male was struck in the leg by bullet fragments.

The teenage girl was taken to Doctors Medical Center for treatment of the non-life threatening wound.

Deffley was arrested and charged with attempted murder after warrants were served on Darrah Street in Ceres and on Storybook Lane in Riverbank.

• TEEN ARRESTED FOR THREATENING GIRL: CERES - Andrew Lugo, 18, of Ceres, was arrested Sunday and charged with assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly pointed a gun at a female in the 3500 block of Chandry Court.

The 17-year-old girl told officers that she felt like Lugo was going to shoot her. She called police at 6:50 p.m. and said Lugo brandished the weapon and aimed it at her and that she tried dodging and he kept aiming the gun at her.

Lugo fled by the time officers arrived. However, Officer Brian Albonetti stopped Lugo as he was arriving at his Ceres residence.

• PIT BULLS ATTACK DOG: CERES - A dog owner was cited Sunday morning after his two pit bulls severely attacked and wounded a German Shepherd.

The attack occurred at 11:34 a.m. in the 1800 block of Lupin Lane. Officers arrived and saw the pit bulls tearing into the dog. Officers used non-lethal force to stop the attack. One dog which continued to fight was hit twice by a Taser with five-second cycle charges. The dog disengaged but started to come toward Officer King until it was hit with a third bolt of electricity.

Owner Wendell Odom was cited for allowing his dogs to be off a leash. Officers had to round up the dogs and take them to the county animal shelter since the county no longer provides night-time animal control services.

The badly mauled German Shepherd was taken for veterinary treatment.