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POSTED July 7, 2012 12:43 a.m.

• SHOT IN BACK ON FOURTH OF JULY: On Wednesday, July 4, Manteca Police officers responded to the 800 block of Nevada Street regarding a shooting. The victim had just arrived home with her husband and parked their van. The suspect vehicle, occupied by two males, pulled up next to them facing westbound on Nevada Street. The front passenger, in the suspect vehicle, rolled down his window and they heard the driver yell at the passenger in Spanish to “go.” At this point, the victim and her husband began to quickly exit their van through the sliding side door. Gunshots were heard and several rounds were fired at the van. One of the rounds struck the victim in her back. The suspect vehicle fled westbound on Nevada Street, then southbound on El Capitan Way. Manteca Ambulance transported the victim to a local hospital. The injury was not life threatening. The suspect vehicle was described as a four-door, silver or gray small sedan – possibly a Honda, Hyundai or Mercedes. The suspects were described as both being Hispanic males between 20 and 25 years old with dark hair and clean shaven. Casings and bullets were recovered at the scene.

• CONCEALED FIREARM: On Tuesday, June 30, Officer Rangel observed a car traveling at a high rate of speed southbound North Union Road. As Officer Rangel attempted to catch up with the car, it continued accelerating and entered Highway 120 westbound. Officer Rangel continued to follow the car, and by the time he matched its speed and activated his emergency lights, the vehicle was traveling in excess of 100 mph. The driver immediately pulled to the shoulder and stopped. As Officer Rangel approached the driver’s side of the vehicle, he noticed a strong odor of marijuana and an alcoholic beverage emitting from the interior of the car. Officer Rangel had the driver step out of the car and began to conduct a pat-down search for weapons. As he was searching the driver, he felt what he believed to be a handgun in the driver’s right front pocket. Officer Rangel immediately handcuffed the driver and retrieved a chrome revolver from his pocket. A subsequent search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a glass jar containing marijuana. The driver was identified as 18-year-old Reno Garcia of Tracy, who admitted to being a Norteno gang member. Garcia was arrested for possession of a concealed firearm, altered serial number on a firearm and transportation of marijuana. He was transported and booked at San Joaquin County Jail.

• UNCOOPERATIVE STABBING VICTIM: On Tuesday, June 30, Kaiser Hospital emergency room staff called to report an adult male that was admitted with a stab wound to his back. They also reported the victim threatened to leave if Police were called. Officers responded to the Kaiser Hospital emergency room and made contact with Jacob Gularte. Gularte was extremely uncooperative with Officers and refused to give them any details of how he was injured. They only information he would provide was that the stabbing occurred somewhere on West Yosemite Avenue between McKinley Avenue and the railroad tracks. The area of the stabbing was determined to be outside the City limits. The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department was notified and they advised they would respond to Kaiser Hospital. Prior to San Joaquin County Sheriff Department’s arrival, Gularte got up and walked out of the hospital.

• CARJACKING WITH RIFLE: On Monday, June 29, Officers were dispatched to the parking lot of Walmart at 1205 S. Main St. to investigate a report of a carjacking. The weapon used was a small-caliber rifle. The victim was from Missouri and was in transit to Oakland to drop off a large spool of copper wire. The victim had stopped to rest at the Walmart parking lot. Two subjects approached the victim’s vehicle, displayed the rifle and demanded he get out of the vehicle. The victim complied and the two suspects got into the 2012 Dodge Pickup and flatbed trailer, and fled southbound on South Main Street. A witness stated the vehicle turned eastbound onto Highway 120. There were no injuries and no shots were fired. The spool of copper wire was approximately 5 feet high by 4 feet wide, and weighed about 6,500 pounds. On June 30, Officers responded to an orchard at Sedan Avenue and South Austin Road regarding a white Honda parked in the orchard next to a large pile of copper wire. Officer Machado arrived and located the copper wire, but not the white Honda. The copper wire was the wire stolen earlier that evening. The spool was destroyed and the copper wire had been pulled from the spool. While in the orchard, a farmer walked up and advised the stolen truck and trailer was parked on West Ripon Road in front of Den Dulk Poultry Farms, Inc. The truck was abandoned and left running with the keys still in the ignition. Community Service Officer Lewis processed the vehicle for evidence. The vehicle and trailer were recovered and released to the owner. At the time of the follow-up investigation, units were still in the process of helping the victim recover all of the copper wire.

• 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION AT BIG LEAGUE DREAMS:  Police estimated a total attendance at this year’s 4th of July celebration of approximately 5,000 people inside the park, and another 1,000 to 2,000 outside the park. Incidents handled by the Police were one male subject arrested for “resisting/delaying an Officer” and one informational report taken for a mutual fight between juveniles. The K-9 unit was used to disperse the crowd that developed from this fight. No traffic issues were reported, other than the usual slow exit of the vehicles after the celebration ended.

• Outside Agency Assist: California Highway Patrol – On Thursday, July 5, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) advised it had a unit in pursuit of a Chevrolet Blazer in Manteca near Pajaro Avenue and Pebble Court, and were requesting our assistance. Officer Massey, with his canine partner, Maxx, and other Officers responded to the area. Prior to their arrival, Dispatch advised the vehicle had stopped and the driver fled from the vehicle. The CHP had the female passenger detained. A perimeter was established and eventually the driver was located and taken into custody by the CHP. There were no reported injuries or damage. The CHP is handling the investigation.

• STOLEN VEHICLE:  On Tuesday, July 3, Officer Chesnut located a green Honda Civic, which had been reported stolen. The car was located as a result of the in-car mounted license plate reader. When the driver of the vehicle saw Officer Chesnut, he fled at a high rate of speed northbound on North Main Street onto Highway 99. Officer Osborn attempted to join in the pursuit after the suspect vehicle entered the Raymus Village residential area. The pursuit continued into an orchard, where they lost the vehicle due to visibility conditions, causing the pursuit to be terminated. The vehicle had been reported stolen out of Modesto. There were three occupants in the vehicle, none of whom was ever identified. No injuries or property damage were reported during the six-minute pursuit.

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