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Man attempts to rape Lathrop woman; girl, 4, calls for help

LATHROP, CA - A 4-year-old girl got help after a suspect attempted to rape her mother Monday night.

The woman heard a loud banging noise outside of her residence on the 300 block of Osage Place around 8:51 p.m., San Joaquin Sheriff's Office said.

The victim went outside to check out the noise and where it came from when she was attacked by the suspect. The sheriff's office said the suspect pushed the victim inside, put a knife to her neck and told her not to fight him or he would hurt her daughter.

The suspect attempted to pull the woman's pants down, but did not sexually assault her, the sheriff's office said. The suspect fled the home through the front door, closing the door behind him.

The woman's 4-year-old girl, Aubrey, came out of hiding from the bedroom and used her mother's cell phone to call her grandfather, who then called the sheriff's office.

Judge explains jail release process

STOCKTON, CA - Judge Richard Guiliani of San Joaquin County said Monday it's the state's prison realignment process that leaves him with difficult choices each day.

"I'm not comfortable releasing anybody, but we can't go over 1,255.  Somebody's gonna go," said Guiliani.

Realignment is how the state handles its prison overcrowding problems.   People who violate their parole don't go back to state facilities as in the past.  Now they stay local, and in San Joaquin County, that means a couple hundred people each day now take up local jail space.

"The choice is to keep them; people who haven't committed another crime, they're in on technical (parole) violations, and to release people who have committed crimes," said Guiliani.

A court order limits the number of people in the San Joaquin County jail system at 1255.  That's why Guiliani has to decide each day who goes free and who stays behind bars.

Lathrop man literally fights back against copper theft

LATHROP, CA - A man trying to steal copper fuses from an air conditioner on the 100 block of Steward Road was thwarted by a threatened civilian on Saturday.

The San Joaquin County Sheriff's office told the Stockton Record that 34-year-old Jason Brown, armed with a pair of shears in one hand and a screwdriver in the other, was attempting to vandalize the A/C unit around 7:00 a.m. when he was spotted by the bystander. Brown then took what the Sheriff's Office described as an "aggressive stance," and told the man he was armed with a knife.

Fearing for his safety, the would-be victim took his own aggressive stance, punching then subduing Brown.

Brown was later arrested and booked in to San Joaquin County Jail.

Child porn suspect caught in the act, say Ripon police

RIPON, CA - Ripon police detectives report when they served a search warrant at a child pornography suspect's apartment Friday morning, multiple images of child porn were sitting right on his computer monitor.

Arrested and booked into custody on suspicion of possession of child pornography was Robert James Poeschl, 44.

Detectives began their investigation into Poeschl on Tuesday after being alerted by the Sacramento Valley High Tech Crimes Task Force that child pornographic images had been accessed and downloaded in Ripon, said 1st Sgt. Steve Merchant.

Investigators linked the information to Poeschl, Merchant said, and obtained a search warrant which they executed on the 100 block of E. Frontage Road at 7:45 a.m. Friday.

4 juveniles arrested for stealing bikes in Ripon

RIPON, CA - Four juveniles were busted Monday for a string of bicycle thefts during March and April.

Ripon police responded to the 1700 block of Judy Drive after getting a report of thieves stealing a bicycle from a residential garage that was left open, Sgt. Steve Merchant said.

Officers canvassed the area to develop a suspect description. During the investigation, officers were able to identify four suspects.

Merchant said the suspects would gather at one theirs' homes and then go out "Bike Jacking" during the night. The suspects would then strip some of the bikes and repaint them in order to sell them.

Merchant said the police recovered eight stolen bicycles worth more than $1,350.

The suspects, ages 10, 13, 13 and 14, were taken into custody, charged with theft and receiving stolen property, issued citations then turned over to their parents, Merchant said.

Manteca steroid operation raided

MANTECA, CA - A probation search uncovered a steroid manufacturing operation in Manteca Tuesday.

Officer Jason Hensley with the Manteca Police Department said officers recovered more than two pounds of powdered steroids at a home on the 300 block of N. Lincoln Avenue as well as equipment for converting it to injectable liquid form and packing materials for sales and distribution.

More than 200 steroid liquid doses were taken into evidence.

In addition, officers found capsules of the body-building supplement Creatine and variations of Viagra and Cialis in capsules that appeared to have been produced in the residence, Hensley said. Viagra and Cialis have been used to counteract the effects of steroids in the body.

Hensley said the steroids and pharmaceutical products appeared to have been shipped from Hong Kong to Manteca.

Suspect arrested in patrol car arson case

Photos: Police cars set on fire

MANTECA - Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office have made in arrest in an arson case where three of their patrol cars were destroyed.

According to detectives, Samuel Henry Shockley, 32, allegedly torched several patrol cars on December 1, 2011. Several others were covered in flammable liquid.

Parked among the police cars was a pickup truck that had been completely consumed by the fire. It was determined that the pickup was stolen out of the downtown Sonora area.

Detectives say that some of the evidence gathered at the scene contained Shockley's DNA.