An intoxicated man who was hanging out in front of a store in southwest Ceres and armed with a knife early Thursday was arrested by police after someone called 911 to report suspicions that he was about to commit a robbery.
At 1:40 a.m., the bystander at the Quik Stop at Service and Morgan roads called 911 to say a man outside the store looked suspicious and suggested he may try to rob the store. He was described as Latino, on a red bicycle, wearing a black Oakland A’s baseball cap, a dark-colored hoodie, and grey shorts along with a black ski mask and gloves.
Officers Kevin Sakasegawa and Brian Petersen spoke to the caller who stated he was sitting in his vehicle in the parking lot of the business as he saw Angel Flores, 38, of Modesto, walk into the store and walk out a few minutes later. Flores walked over to a dumpster and began drinking a tall can of beer. Flores put down the beer and walked behind the store where he removed his hat and put on black gloves and a black ski mask. Flores noticed the caller was watching him. The alert citizen went inside to warn the clerk to lock the doors and then stood by while as called 911. The caller went back outside and saw that Flores had removed the ski mask and put his baseball cap on but still was wearing the gloves. Flores started cursing at the caller who was on the phone with a police dispatcher. Flores eventually left on his bicycle towards Tranquil Lane.
Officers detained Flores near Tranquil Lane and Willow Pond Court. They searched him and found a concealed fillet knife with a blade of approximate six inches long in his front waist band in a ready-to-use fashion. Officers did not locate any ski mask.
Flores appeared intoxicated with red watery eyes, slurred speech, unsteady gait, and the smell of alcohol on his breath. He was arrested for public intoxication and possession of a concealed dirk/dagger.