Police arrested a 40-year-old Margaret Way resident while he was in the process of beating up his father and pointing a gun on him Wednesday morning.
Ceres Police dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call about a loud argument in the1700 block of Margaret Way. Officer Eric Gallegos arrived at 11:36 a.m. and could hear the arguing and the distinctive sound of a handgun being “racked,” or the slide of the handgun being pulled back to load a live round into the chamber. Gallegos found cover and called for backup. As additional officers were responding Ronald Fink, 40, of Ceres, exited the residence armed with a 9 mm semi-auto handgun. He had a bloody face and clothing. Officer Gallegos drew his handgun and ordered Fink to drop his. He complied and was detained. At that moment the suspect’s father came out of the house and was briefly detained. He suffered abrasions and contusions on his face and a laceration on the back of his head, said Ceres Police Department spokesman Sgt. Greg Yotsuya. Paramedics treated him and transported to the hospital.
Fink’s mother was inside the house and also had been assaulted and had a small laceration on her forearm.
Fink’s parents said their son lives in a back house on the property. He told Officer Gallegos that he had been hearing “white noise” and seeing “photo probes” all night and admitted “using baby laxatives” but later confessed it could have been methamphetamine. Fink allegedly yelled for his father to make the noise stop and went into the main house where a physical fight occurred between Fink and his parents. Fink allegedly found a loaded handgun and pointed it at his father several times. The weapon was never fired.
Fink was medically treated for a laceration on his wrist and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charged of assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon and elder abuse.