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Stockton pair arrested in attempted armed robbery in Hughson
• Allegedly committed similar crime in Ceres, elsewhere
Rene Farias-Mendez (left) and Jeralmiah Johnson
Rene Farias-Mendez (left) and Jeralmiah Johnson

Two Stockton men are being held in the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on $2 million bail after their arrests related to an attempted armed robbery of a bank customer in Hughson.

Jeralmiah Johnson, 23, and Rene Farias-Mendez, 22, have each been charged with attempted murder, robbery, conspiracy, and felony gun charges.

On Wednesday, April 14, Hughson Police Services deputies responded to the Bank of the West on Hughson Avenue after a female reported that she was walking back to her car from the ATM and a suspect approached her and held a gun as he tried to rob her. A struggle ensued and the suspect eventually fled.

Stanislaus County Sheriff’s investigators learned that similar robberies had occurred in Ceres and Modesto.

An investigation into the Modesto robbery led police investigators to Johnson and Farias-Mendez. They were arrested by Stockton Police Department. Both were identified as the suspects responsible for the attempted robbery in Hughson.

Police believe that others may have been victimized by the pair.

Anyone who may have been a victim or knows someone who has recently been a victim of a similar crime and recognizes the suspects, is encouraged you to contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters may choose to remain anonymous. They may also contact Hughson Police Services at 883-4052.