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Witness: Man waved gun yelling ‘I want sex, I want sex’

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POSTED June 20, 2014 1:15 a.m.

A 34-year-old Hughson man is being held in San Joaquin County Jail in lieu of $1.375 million bail after approaching a Ripon group of college students home on their summer break Wednesday afternoon and singling out a 21-year-old female with a short barreled shotgun in hand allegedly yelling “I want sex – I want sex” as he chased after her near the Stanislaus River.

According to one family member the foursome of two girls and two boys ages 20 to 21 years old noticed a car following them as they drove down the Ripon frontage road approaching the Stanislaus River bike path and bridge parking lot adjacent to Highway 99. They had planned a fun afternoon floating down the nearby river toward the Jack Tone Golf Course.

Suspect Jose Vasquez Sanchez was tackled by one of the male students – a Swiss wrestling champion – and thrown to the ground. He is being charged with four felonies including being armed with a firearm during a felony, assault with intent to commit a felony, false imprisonment by violence, assault with a firearm on a person and possession of a short-barreled shotgun.

The incident reportedly began to unfold as the group left their vehicle carrying their floats and walking toward the foot path when they saw the suspect near their SUV. One of the boys said he feared their vehicle was about to be broken into by the suspect saying he was going to go back and confront him. Seeing the shotgun come out of the car in the hands of the man, he yelled “gun, run!” and all ran in different directions until the men noticed the suspect began chasing the one woman while waving his shotgun.

A Ripon officer arrived shortly after the suspect was detained on the ground and took him into custody. The students were from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Christian college in the Southland.

Sanchez is scheduled to appear in the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court today at 1:25 p.m. 


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