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3 wanted in Lathrop bank robbery

LATHROP, CA - Police search for three men suspected of robbing a bank Wednesday morning.

The suspects entered the Chase Bank on the 15300 block of Harlan Road and jumped over the bank counter, San Joaquin County sheriff's Deputy Les Garcia said.

While an employee put money into a satchel provided by the suspects, the employee was pushed away from the money drawer by a suspect and he continues to fill the bag with cash.

Witnesses told deputies the suspects did not make any threats nor did they see a weapon.

All three suspects fled the scene on foot. They were seen running across the shopping center parking lot and into a residential area.

The suspects were described as:

Man arrested after 5-hour Manteca SWAT standoff

MANTECA, CA - A 38-year-old man was arrested Tuesday night after a five-hour standoff with Manteca police and SWAT officers.

According to Manteca Police Public Information Officer Jason Hensley, officers were dispatched to the 1900 block of Hoyt Lane at 6:37 p.m. in response to a domestic violence call.

When officers arrived at the scene, officers were told by witnesses that Shannon Leon Smith had made threats involving a gun and that he was likely armed, said Obligacion.

Officers attempted to make contact with Lee, who was inside the home on Hoyt Ln., but he refused to exit the property. During this time, officers learned Lee possibly had multiple firearms inside the home, Obligacion said.

Patrol officers continued efforts to contact Lee via telephone, but following their lack of success, called for assistance from Manteca Police SWAT and Crisis Response (CRT) teams.

Search for Victims: 5 agencies want Shermantine

MANTECA, CA - A secret law enforcement operation moved convicted serial killer Wesley Shermantine off death row temporarily on Sunday and brought him to the rural town of Linden.

There, Shermantine allegedly pointed to the hidden burial sites of more than 72 murder victims. At least five more law enforcement agencies want to bring Shermantine to their towns in the hopes of finding even more victims of the "Speed Freak Killers."

"I know that the Reno, Nevada police have requested a transport of Wes Shermantine for their own investigation and I'm very frustrated to hear that their first request was ignored and their second request, they were told to use Google Earth Maps," said Assem. Cathleen Galgiani, who wrote the bill to get Shermantine physically out helping investigators.

Credit Card Fraud Ring Located Through Motel Interdiction Efforts

Credit Card Fraud Ring Located Through Motel Interdiction Efforts

Ripon, CA  -   On 08-24-12, at approximately 3 pm, Ripon Police Department detectives conducted a probation search at the Ripon Motel (359 Parallel Ave).  RPD Detective Gordon West located what appeared to be an active credit card fraud ring.  Inside the small motel room, investigators located a fax machine, multiple printers, a computer, lists of credit card numbers and other indicia.  Counterfeit credit cards were located in the room.  Some of the counterfeit cards had the suspect’s names depicted on them.

Methamphetamine and marijuana paraphernalia were located in the room.  A two year old child was located in the room, amid the counterfeit credit cards, and processing equipment.  Child Protective Services was contacted due to the methamphetamine and marijuana paraphernalia being located in the vicinity of the child; and due to the fact that the child was present while crimes were being committed.

2 arrested after 3-city police pursuit

MANTECA, CA - A police pursuit that went through several valley towns began with shots being fired at a Lathrop house Friday morning, authorities say.

Deputy Les Garcia with the San Joaquin Sheriff's Department said deputies located a red pick-up in Lathrop that matched a description of the vehicle from which gunshots were fired at a home on the 1300 block of W. Yosemite. Deputies tried to pull the pick-up over at Interstate 205 and MacArthur, Garcia said, but the driver and his passenger sped off.The pursuit reached speeds of 100 mph per hour before deputies backed off for safety concerns, Garcia.

The California Highway Patrol located the pick-up not long after and commenced a pursuit. The chase went through parts of Stockton, Lathrop and Manteca until the pick-up crashed. Officers took the driver into custody and captured the passenger on the roof of a nearby apartment building, Garcia said.

No one was hurt in the incident.

Tracy man indicted for phony debt collection scam

Tracy man indicted for phony debt collection scam

Kirit Patel, 68, of Tracy, was charged by a federal grand jury with 21 counts of wire fraud and mail fraud for a fraudulent debt collection scheme, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

The indictment alleges that Patel participated in a scheme that involved coercing and harassing victims into paying online payday loans that did not exist. According to the indictment, members of the scheme, operating from call centers in India, would impersonate law enforcement officers and falsely claim that arrest warrants had been issued for the victims or that agencies of the United States government were pursuing the victims for nonpayment of debts. As part of the scheme, Patel established a front company named “Broadway Global Master” that was used to process the payments after victims relented and provided credit card numbers to avoid arrest over the nonexistent debts.

Police make prostitution arrests at Ripon truck stop

RIPON, CA - Ripon police took two people into custody and cited a teenager on suspicion of prostitution at a local truck stop early Tuesday morning.

The arrests were at the Flying J Truck Plaza at 1501 N. Jackstone Road.

Arrested on booking charges of prostitution, conspiracy and contributing to the delinquency of a minor was Damaris Quezada, 22, of Ceres. She admitted to officers she had placed an ad on the Internet to be contacted for a "good time" and had engaged in a sex act with a truck driver at the lot, said 1st Sgt. Steve Merchant.

Quezada was accompanied by Andres Felipe Izquierdo, 28, of Turlock and a 17-year-old boy from Ripon. Merchant said the two admitted to driving Quezada to the rendezvous with the trucker. In their Nissan Sentra officers reported recovering a printer and copies of $20 bills