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Shoplifter pulls knife, triggers police pursuit

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POSTED August 8, 2013 11:00 p.m.

There was only $50 worth of merchandise in his hands.
But one would-be shoplifter wanted it so bad that he pulled out a knife and threatened to stab the JCPenney loss prevention guard Wednesday afternoon, triggering a multi-agency pursuit that wound through Manteca, Lathrop and Tracy.

Devin Andrew Martin, 19, was driving a Mitsubishi Lancer that fled when detectives Ian Osborn and Armen Avakian spotted it on Manteca surface streets.

The license plate number of the car they were driving was reported to police, and the two detectives drove to the house where it was registered and saw it pulling away with the suspects still inside. Rather than stop, Martin floored it.

He would eventually wreck the car on 11th Street in Tracy and his companion, 21-year-old Zakkery Sean Vance, attempted to flee into a nearby barn.

Sergeant Chris Mraz used his dog Havok to help apprehend the suspect.

Martin is facing charges that include robbery, conspiracy, felony evading and resisting arrest. He is currently being held at the San Joaquin County Jail.

The pursuit, which began off of Parkview Street near Sierra High School, wound onto Union Road before ending up on the Highway 120 Bypass. It continued onto Interstate 5 and eventually off onto Manthey Road before it ended in Tracy.
Additional agencies, like the Lathrop Police Department, joined the pursuit as it approached and ultimately passed through their community.

To contact Jason Campbell, e-mail or call (209) 249-3544.

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