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Gang suppression unit jails four suspects Friday night, recovers stolen 9 mm handgun

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POSTED July 30, 2012 12:30 a.m.

The Manteca Police Gang Suppression Unit jailed four suspects for “street terrorism” Friday night and recovered a stolen 9mm Smith and Wesson hand gun that had been stolen in a home burglary in June.

Sgt. Gregg Beall said that he and Officer Ranch Johnson got into a short pursuit with a gray Dodge Stratus near the Boys and Girls Club on West Alameda Street that led them to Ferndale and Argonaut avenues where the driver yielded to the officers. The fleeing suspects had allegedly been speeding and running stop signs in the area – the reason for the chase.

They had thrown the weapon out a car window during the police pursuit, Beall said. All were charged with possession of the stolen 9 mm weapon.

Three men and one woman were booked on similar charges at the San Joaquin County Jail where they were expected to remain until their court dates early this week.

The driver, Roberto Quintana, 20, of Manteca was also charged with evading a police officer due to the pursuit along with five felony charges and two misdemeanors. He is being held in the San Joaquin County Jail in lieu of $463,500 bail and is scheduled to appear in the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The other three are also from Manteca with court appearances scheduled for the same time and place.

•Mercedes L. Flores, 19, is charged with four felonies and has a bail amount of $460,000.

•Casey D. Burks, 18, is charged with six felonies with his bail set at $463,000.

•Ramiro Resendiz, Jr., must answer to five felony charges and is being held in lieu of $560,000 bail. 

Other arrests

Saturday night, shortly before 8 p.m., officers responded to a rear end hit and run crash on Union Road at Louise Avenue. Officers later located the driver in his Honda sedan at Louise Avenue and Main Street with major front end damage and a blown tire, according to Sgt. Wayne Miller.

Jose S. Bernabe-Mendoza, 24, was charged with three felonies and two misdemeanor charges because of the hit and run with injuries, driving under the influence with injuries, driving without a license and resisting arrest. Police said when they located the driver at the Main Street signal he jumped out of the car and had to be chased down on foot to make the arrest.

He is being held in lieu of $1.53 million dollars bail with a court date of Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court.

In yet another case over the weekend, Beau David Maria, 27, also known as “Bone Crusher,” was arrested by Manteca officers on two “no bail” warrants involving three felonies and three misdemeanors. Maria’s charges include battery, vandalism, and possession of controlled paraphernalia, auto burglary and receiving stolen property.

He is scheduled to appear at the Stockton Courthouse on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

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