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Ceres man sets dumpster ablaze, caught with knife
ceres arson arrest

Within a short amount of time on Tuesday night a Ceres man set a dumpster on fire, swung a knife at a police officer, ran across the freeway and was shot with a Taser, the Ceres Police Department reported.

The suspect, Carlos Gallegos, 45, of Ceres was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on suspicion of arson, assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, possession of a dirk or dagger, resisting arrest and warrants.

At 8:03 p.m. Tuesday, Ceres police and fire were dispatched to the Denny’s at 1507 Herndon Road for a report of a dumpster fire behind the business.

“During the investigation officers attempted to detain the responsible who was located in the immediate area,” the police department said in a news release.

As the officers were attempting to take Gallegos into custody he allegedly “presented a knife and swung it at a police officer before fleeing on foot across Highway 99,” the department said.

 A perimeter was set up around the highway with traffic slowed and stopped in some directions. After a lengthy search, Gallegos was located by a Ceres Police Sergeant in the 1400 block of Herndon Road.

“Gallegos was then quickly apprehended after a taser deployment by officers,” the department said. “The knife Gallegos used against the officer was located concealed on his person.”

Gallegos was found to be on felony probation with several outstanding felony warrants.

Neither the officers nor the suspect sustained any injuries during this incident.