An armed robbery took place Tuesday morning, Jan. 21 at the Hatch Road Papa Murphy's Pizza in which a gun was placed to the head of a clerk.
The robbery took place just after 9 a.m. by two males. No one was hurt and an undisclosed amount of cash was taken. One robber was wearing a grey-colored hooded sweatshirt, dark colored jeans and a mask. The second suspect was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark-colored jeans and a black ski mask. Both suspects are described as being approximately 5-foot-8 with a thin build. Both suspects were last seen fleeing the back of the business running eastbound toward Richland Avenue.
Officers are actively investigating at this time.
Ceres police also worked the following cases:
• REDDING COUPLE STOPPED IN STOLEN PICKUP - A man and woman were arrested Tuesday, Jan. 21 after they were reportedly having sex in a stolen white 2011 Ford pickup parked near Kiddie Kingdom in southwest Ceres.
The activity was reported at 5:50 p.m. outside of 3900 Morgan Road. The license plate was registered to a pickup stolen out of Redding. Before police could arrive the pickup left the scene and was last seen driving eastbound on Service Road. The truck was located a short time later at Mitchell and Service roads and followed onto northbound Faith Home Road as other units arrived.
When police tried to stop the driver, the vehicle took off into an orchard where it became disabled while hitting an irrigation ditch and the fuel system was interrupted. The driver fled but a police canine aided in tracking him. The suspect refused to give himself up so Tyson, the canine, was deployed by Ceres police canine and handler Julio Amador.
James Hamilton, 25, of Redding, was treated for minor bites to his wrist and lower leg before he was arrested for auto theft, evading a peace officer, receiving stolen property, and resisting arrest.
Corrina Powell, 22, of Redding, stayed in the vehicle and was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and possession of a meth pipe.
• ONE ARRESTED IN PARLOR FIGHT - One man was arrested for assault after a fight broke out Saturday morning at the Hocus Ink tattoo shop on Mitchell Road.
Police were called at 3 a.m. with reports of a man down in the parking lot and not breathing.
Officer Kiashira Ruiz arrived and noted one subject trying to leave but was blocked. Approximately 13 people were inside the business partying with some claiming that the owner was present but left prior to police arrival. The doors to the business were locked but lights were on inside with beer bottles scattered inside.
The 24-year-old victim was attended to by paramedics. He was bleeding on his face and suffered from "acute intoxication," said Lt. Brent Smith. He was rushed to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto.
After interviewing the 13 people - none of whom claimed to see the fight - police arrested Jose Sanchez, 29, of Modesto, on assault charges. Sanchez's hands were bleeding.
• DRUGS FOUND DURING SERVING OF WARRANT - When police showed up to arrest Genevieve Arretche, 33, of Ceres, on a warrant at 3615 Ninth Street, they also found her trying to cover up evidence of drug sales, said Lt. Brent Smith.
Police Officer Jeremy Caron went to the home at 3:40 p.m. on Sunday to scoop up Arretche, who had warrant for her arrest and who was searchable as being on probation. Yelling commenced when the occupants of the house saw police and Arretche was found in the back bedroom grabbing and ripping open a suspected bag of methamphetamine in an attempt to destroy it, said Smith. The powder spilled onto the bed and floor. Police found scales and packaging equipment, then arrested her on new charges of possession of a controlled substance for sales.
Michael Arrecthe, 35, of Ceres, was also arrested of possession of methamphetamine, violation of probation and possession of drug paraphernalia.