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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.

2 men rob Tracy bank

TRACY, CA - Just before closing Tuesday, two men robbed a Wells Fargo Bank in Tracy.

The branch at 2600 S. Tracy Boulevard was hit right before before 5 p.m. Tracy police Det. Gary Castillo said the men entered the bank, one of them jumped on a counter and grabbed a bank courier bag with undisclosed contents. The two men then fled. Police officers responded and searched the area for the robbers without success.

Bank surveillance camera images show the men. The first was described as African-American, about 5 feet 7 to 9 inches tall with an average build. He wore a light-colored, short-sleeve shirt with a possibly light brown/yellow checked pattern, and light-colored shorts.

The second man was described as African-American, about 6 feet to 6 feet 1 inches tall with an average build. He wore a black, short-sleeve T-shirt with a white T-shirt underneath and blue jeans.

No weapons were seen and no one was hurt.

Two men rob bank

Two men rob bank

(Tracy, CA) –   Shortly before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, two African American men entered the Wells Fargo Bank at 2600 S. Tracy Blvd and robbed it. One of the suspects jumped on a counter and removed a bank courier bag with undisclosed contents before leaving the bank with his partner. Tracy Police officers conducted a search of the area, but were unable to locate the suspects.

One suspect was described as being about 5'7" to 5'9" with an average build. He was wearing a light-colored, short-sleeve, shirt possibly light brown/yellow checkered pattern with light colored shorts. The second suspect was about 6'0" to 6'1"

with an average build wearing a black, short-sleeve t-shirt with a white t-shirt underneath and blue-jeans.

Anyone with information regarding the robbery is asked to call Detective Gary Castillo at 209-831-6589 or leave an anonymous Crime Tip.

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Man arrested, child seized in Ripon pot brownie bust

RIPON, CA - One adult was arrested and a juvenile was turned over to child protective services (CPS) during a probation search at an apartment on the 1550 block of W. Main Street in Ripon on Friday.

Sgt. Steve Merchant with the Ripon Police Dept. said officers conducted the search around 4 p.m. Friday after a special investigation unit detective obtained information that marijuana was  being sold from the apartment.

When officers arrived at the apartment, 24-year-old Matthew Zucker of Ripon appeared to be cleaning up after cooking a quantity of brownies laced with pot, said Merchant.

An ensuing investigation of the unit turned up three pounds of brownies, marijuana, marijuana packaging equipment, an electronic scale, additional marijuana paraphernalia, and an undisclosed amount of cash. Additionally, a switchblade knife, police scanner and air rifle were also located in the apartment, Merchant said.

At produce stand, get your corn, strawberries and ... pot?

ESCALON, CA - Two people were arrested after police busted a produce stand for dealing marijuana.

Escalon police officers served a search warrant at a produce stand on the 17000 block of Brennan Road just before 11 a.m. after officers, who conducted two traffic stops near the stand, smelled marijuana, Sgt. Dustin Brookshire said.

After the second traffic stop, officers realized the pot smell was not in the car. They looked around and found plants growing behind the grapes, strawberries and corn located behind the property.

Brookshire said officers found 77 marijuana plants and processed plants with an estimated value of $300,000.

Police arrested Cola Sychampanakhone and Khansao Sychampanakhone. Investigators are trying to determine if the suspects operated the business or just employees.

Tracy man stabbed, killed

TRACY, CA - A man was stabbed and killed in a Tracy home after getting into an argument with another man Wednesday morning.

Phillip Sanchez, 22, suffered multiple stab wounds when an argument with another man escalated into a fight, Tracy police Capt. John Espinoza said.

Officers arrived at 200 block of West Whittier Avenue around 12:17 a.m. after getting a call from someone who also lived in the home with Sanchez. Medics helped the man at the scene and transported him to Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, where Sanchez later died of his injuries.

Espinoza said during the investigation Wednesday, police were able identify two suspect who fled to Modesto.

Officers arrested Victor Garcai, 32, and his sister Samantha Garcia, 31, who was identified as an accomplice to the murder. Both suspects were booked into the San Joaquin County Jail.

Espinoza said Victor Garcia was on parole on county probation under realignment.