A 30-year-old man with a history of mental issues allegedly stabbed his mother in the chest with a pair of scissors on Thursday after she refused to give him keys to her car.
The victim was driven to a Modesto hospital for repairs caused when the four-inch scissors entered her upper chest during the altercation at her home in the 1600 block of Bern Court. She was treated and released.
Police were called at 7:32 p.m. and promptly located and arrested Jason Travis, 30, of Ceres. Police say that Travis was upset that he was denied the car keys. He is being charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
In other crimes, the following incidences were reported:
• FIGHT LEADS TO POT DISCOVERY - A Ceres couple was arrested Friday after reports of their fighting, accompanied by reports of gunshots, led officers to find that they were in possession of marijuana for sales.
A 9-1-1 call was made by neighbors at 9:37 p.m. about a male and female fighting in front of the house in the 1700 block of White Cloud Court. The reporting party also reported hearing four to five gunshots.
The first responding officers contacted the woman at the house who appeared evasive to questioning as to what was occurring. Rachael Holmbo, 22, of Ceres, was removed from the house for a security sweep inside the house. During the search officers found a large amount of marijuana stored in jars. Detectives were notified who then obtained a search warrant.
Officers later located Anthony Hernandez, 25, of Ceres, and his pickup near the house. They found a 9mm handgun inside the truck as well as spent shell casings in the bed of the pickup. Hernandez and Holmbo each denied firing a weapon and nobody saw them do so.
Holmbo was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and committing a crime while on bail.
Hernandez was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and probation violation.
• EMPLOYEE FOUND WITH STOLEN GOODS - Police arrested a construction company employee who was allegedly stealing items from the homes of customers.
Inderjit S. Toor Construction of Ceres contacted police on Oct. 15 about an employee, Bobby Guerrero, 40, of Ceres, being in possession of items he allegedly stole from various job sites. Officers could not immediately locate Guerrero but had a warrant issued for his arrest.
This week an anonymous tip came into police that Guerrero was at a house in the 2700 block of Pyramid Avenue. Officers walked up to the house and saw Guerrero inside but he refused to come out. They forced entry but learned that he crawled out a rear bedroom window. With the help of police canine "Dex," Guerrero was found hiding in a shed but he again refused to surrender. Dex was sent in to get him.
Items found in his possession were copper wire, a bicycle, DVD player, 32-inch flat screen TV, radio, propane tank, hand tools and a pool sweeper.
• DRIVER FACES DUI, HIT & RUN CHARGES - Octavio Delacruz, 33, of Hughson, faces charges of felony hit and run and DUI after he allegedly struck another vehicle on Hatch Road on Sunday and then fled on foot.
The crash occurred in the eastbound lanes of the 1700 block of Hatch Road at 6:58 p.m. Witnesses said two persons ran from the car that rear-ended the first car. The crash caused complaints of pain in the occupants.
Officers checked the area and located Delacruz in the 1300 block of Richland Avenue. The suspect was ordered in both English and Spanish to stop but he continued walking and placing his hands in his pockets. He was finally knocked to ground and arrested after a short struggle.
After being positively identified as the driver, Delacruz was arrested on charges of drunken driving and hit and run.
• PAROLEE AT LARGE ARRESTED - Police arrested parolee Michael Cornelius, 28, of Ceres, who was wanted for failing to report to his parole agent.
Cornelius was spotted at the Taco Bell on Whitmore Avenue at 1:59 p.m. on Monday.
• CAR STOP YIELDS DRUGS - Instead of getting on Highway 99 at the northbound onramp at Fourth Street like he hoped to, driver Ronald Cooper, 45, of Modesto, went to jail instead. Being on probation and open to searches at any time, Cooper was found in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine.
His arrest for possession of methamphetamine and probation violation came at 10 p.m. on Monday.