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POSTED May 4, 2012 1:19 a.m.

• ‘HARD LOOKS’ LEAD TO SHOTS OUTSIDE SAVEMART: Shots were fired outside the North Main Street SaveMart Saturday on the same night that gun play took place at Library Park.

Upon their arrival, officers determined two males exited Save Mart after purchasing cigarettes and alcohol when they exchanged “hard looks” with some males outside the store.

The subjects who exited the store got into a small red car, similar to a VW Jetta. They then drove past the front of the store and the passenger fired two shots in the air as they passed the other males. The passenger fired two more shots in the air as they exited the parking lot. There were no injuries or property damage.

In other major incidents in the past week handled by Manteca Police:

Suspect Armed with Firearm: Officers responded to the 2000 block of Crutchfield Drive on Sunday in regard to a violation of a domestic violence protective order.

According to witnesses, the suspect showed up at the victim’s residence armed with a firearm. A neighbor saw the suspect and walked outside to meet him. The suspect was attempting to climb the fence into the victim’s back yard with a black semi-automatic handgun in his waistband.

 After a brief conversation, the suspect handed the witness two letters and asked him to give the letters to the victim. The witness agreed and the suspect left the area. After examination, Officers determined the letters to be suicide notes. On the morning of April 30, Officers received a call from the Ferndale Police Department, who had located the suspect’s body. Preliminary details indicate he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.



• KIDNAPPING ON NORTH MAIN STREET
: Manteca Police officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of North Main Street regarding an assault and possible kidnapping on Wednesday, May 2.

Officers received information from witnesses that the suspect had assaulted his ex-girlfriend, against whom she had a domestic violence restraining order. The suspect left with the victim in her vehicle, but it could not be determined if the victim had gone willingly. Officers went to the suspect’s residence on West Yosemite Avenue, where they located the victim’s vehicle. After numerous attempts to get an answer at the front door, forced entry was made into the residence and the suspect and victim were both located inside.

The victim was unharmed, and the suspect was taken into custody without incident.



• VEHICLE PURSUIT/COLLISION: An officer attempted to make a traffic stop on a Ford Mustang with a headlight out on Thursday, April 26.

When the officer activated his overhead lights, the driver fled, making a left turn northbound onto Sheridan Avenue. He then struck a decorative rock in front of a residence and hit a parked vehicle in the 100 block of Sheridan Avenue. The parked vehicle was pushed into a second parked vehicle, which was pushed into a third parked vehicle. After the collision, the driver fled on foot.

The officer chased the driver and took him into custody in the 100 block of Sheridan Avenue. The driver was tested and found to be under the influence of alcohol. Open bottles of alcohol were also found in the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect was arrested then booked at San Joaquin County Jail.



• HAIR SALON ROBBERY
: On April 27, a black male subject in his mid-20s entered the hair salon located at 110 Sycamore Ave. on Friday, April 27.

The subject was armed with a handgun and appeared to search the business for the clerk. The clerk, who had gone to the restroom just prior to the subject entering, was never confronted. The suspect, after looking around the store, took an undisclosed amount of cash from a drawer and left. When the clerk came out of the restroom, she discovered the front door was open, the cash drawer was open and a male subject with a gray hoodie was walking northbound from the business. Suspecting a theft had occurred, the clerk viewed in-house video, which confirmed the crime.

The suspect has not been located.



• LIBRARY PARK SHOOTING: Officers were dispatched to Library Park on Saturday for a report of shots fired.

When officers arrived on scene, they observed several subjects still on scene and vehicles attempting to leave the area. Two subjects refused to comply with officers’ orders and fled northbound on Poplar Avenue in a tan vehicle. Officers gave chase and caught up to the vehicle at Poplar Avenue and North Street. The two occupants were removed from the vehicle at gunpoint.

A further check of the area revealed a loaded gun in the gutter in front of 230 Poplar Ave. The firearm had scratches consistent with having been thrown from a vehicle. While officers conducted the traffic stop, other officers began processing the scene at Library Park. It was learned that no one was struck by bullets, but numerous .40-caliber shell casings were recovered near the park. One suspect was taken into custody.



• DOUGHNUT SHOP ARMED ROBBERY
: Officers responded to an armed robbery at Rick’s Doughnuts in the 1300 block of East Yosemite Ave. on Sunday, April 29.

According to the victim-employee, the suspect entered the store, armed with a black semi-automatic firearm. The suspect then demanded money from the clerk. The clerk complied with the suspect’s demands, turning over an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect then fled on foot eastbound on East Yosemite Avenue. He was described as a Hispanic male, 19 to 20 years old, tall and thin. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and jeans, and his face was covered with a black bandana.

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