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17-year-old gang member arrested in carjacking case

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POSTED July 4, 2009 2:30 a.m.
A 17-year-old boy has been arrested by Manteca Police in connection with a carjacking last month.

Police responded to a carjacking at 1 a.m. in the 600 block of N. Lincoln Ave. on June 14.

The victim was dropping off a friend in that area when they were approached by two Hispanic males. One of the males got into a verbal argument with the victim and pulled a handgun from their waistband and pointed it at the victims.  The suspects then took the victims’ vehicle — a green 1992 Chevy Camaro — and fled. Officers attempted to locate the vehicle in the area but were unsuccessful. The vehicle was later located by the California Highway Patrol burned at French Camp and Airport Way.  

Detective Wayne Miller was assigned the case. He was able to identify a male juvenile suspect in the case.  It was learned on Wednesday the juvenile was on probation in San Joaquin County, Miller and patrol officers from Manteca went to a home located in the 3900 block of Ryde Ave., in Stockton. The juvenile was located at the residence and was arrested on the charges of carjacking, robbery, being armed during the commission of a carjacking, gang enhancement, and gang member armed with a firearm.

The 17-year-old juvenile was booked into the San Joaquin County Juvenile Hall. Police are continuing to search for the second subject.   

“Gang prevention is a priority for this agency, but if we don’t succeed in the prevention arena, gang members need to be aware that regardless where they live we will not tolerate criminal activity in our community,” said Manteca Police Chief Dave Bricker. “My officers will identify you, will find you and come to your house and take you to jail.”  “This arrest for carjacking and the one made today for robbery are excellent examples that we will find you regardless where you live.” 
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