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Police search for bank robbery suspect

Police search for bank robbery suspect

The Tracy Police Department responded to a bank robbery at about 9:20 AM on Wednesday, November 21, 2012. A male suspect entered the Chase Bank at 2620 S. Tracy Blvd and robbed it. The suspect demanded money from the teller and left with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect was seen leaving in an older green Toyota Camry. The vehicle is similar to the one pictured below.

The suspect was described as being a light skinned male, about 6'1" with an average build. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark colored pants, baseball cap with white brim, and sunglasses. He may have been loitering in the shopping center before the robbery.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect, the location of the vehicle, or about the robbery is asked to call Detective Timothy Bauer at 209-831-6605 or leave an anonymous Crime Tip.

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Former Manteca controller charged with embezzling $950,000

SACRAMENTO, CA - A Manteca man has been indicted on 20 counts of embezzling more than $950,000 from his employer.

Chris Barna, 33, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing from M & C Association Management Services Inc. which performs association management and developer services in Northern California. Barna was the controller for M & C.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California in Sacramento, Barna is accused of misappropriating 342 checks made out to M & C or its parent company between April 2008 and May 2011. The prosecution says Barna forged false endorsements of the payee and signed "deposit only" on the checks before putting them into accounts under his name at Wells Fargo Bank. Documents show he used the ill-gotten funds for his own expenses and adjusted M & C financial records to hide the fraud.

SWAT targets major San Joaquin Co. gang in morning raids

STOCKTON, CA - SWAT officers arrested numerous members of a prevalent San Joaquin County gang and confiscated drugs and weapons during multiple raids Wednesday morning, according to police.

Stockton police Officer Joe Silva said the SWAT units stormed 10 homes in Stockton and one in Lathrop, serving search warrants based on an ongoing investigation into street branch of the Norteno gang currently involved in an internal feud.

During a search at a property on the 7400 block of East Main Street, officers discovered a device they deemed suspicious. The bomb squad was called to the property and the object was destroyed.

Two people were arrested at the home, bringing the total number of arrests made to six.

Silva said the Stockton Police Department would hold a press conference on Thursday detailing the operation.

Police: 2 arrested for pretending to be officers in Manteca

MANTECA, CA - Two men were arrested for impersonating police officers and trying to disband a party in a rural south Manteca home Saturday night.

Kyle Clogston, 18, of Manteca and Marcus Bradford, 19, of Lodi went to a house party on the 22400 block of S. Manteca Road around 10:30 p.m., identified themselves as officers and told the people to break up the party, said the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office.

The two men were dressed in tactical-style uniforms, with ballistic and tactical vests. Bradford had a badge that looked like a police badge; Clogston told the party goers that he was an officer, the sheriff's department said.

Both men also had multiple air-soft rifles and pistols, which had the orange tips painted black so they looked like real firearms.

A third person, a male juvenile, was at the scene with the two men, but remained in the car and did not say he was an officer. Deputies talked to the boy then released him to his father.

Suspect wanted in Lathrop shooting

LATHROP, CA - Police search for a suspect involved in a shooting that put one man in critical condition on early Saturday morning. 

According to San Joaquin County sheriff's Deputy Les Garcia, Lathrop police responded to reports of a shooting around 1:35 a.m. near the Two Guys gas station on the 100 block of E. Harlan Road.  

The victim, an 18-year-old man, was found sitting in his car by the air station with multiple gunshot wounds before being rushed to a local hospital, Garcia said.

Witnesses describe the suspect as a 5'9'' Hispanic or black male with a thin build wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. Garcia said the suspect was last seen running southeast behind the store on Harlan Road.

According to Garcia, the motive is still under investigation, but have ruled out the shooting as gang related. 

The victim is in critical condition and undergoing surgery. 

Modesto park rape suspect arrested

MODESTO, CA - A suspect has been arrested for the violent, in broad daylight, sexual assault of a mother with her young children in a Modesto park on Oct. 18.

Detectives took John Lelan Carter, 27, of Manteca into custody Wednesday for rape, felony assault and child abuse, said Lt. Rick Armendariz.

Carter is suspected of attacking the woman in front of her children at Mancini Park on south Modesto about 2:40 p.m. that day, Armendariz said. The assault was sudden, according to police. A man came up to the victim who was holding her 1 year old, punched her and pulled her to the ground before raping her. The child fell to the ground.

Armendariz said an older woman saw the assault, grabbed the woman's toddler and 8 year old, and ran for help.

Manteca high school vans deliberately torched, say police

MANTECA, CA - Arsonists are to blame for the destruction of three vans belonging to East Union High School in Manteca, according to the Manteca Police Department.

Officer Jason Hensley said police received multiple calls of an explosion at the school around midnight. Upon arrival, crews found three vans fully engulfed and a fourth sustaining damage from its proximity to the flames.

When the fires eventually burned out, investigators found some sort of wick in one of the gas tanks and were able to confirm arson as a cause, said Hensley.

The financial damage to the four vans was estimated at $100,000.

According to Hensley, investigators were reviewing surveillance footage from the school, but had yet to ascertain a suspect description.

Anyone with information on the incident was encouraged to call the Manteca Police Department.