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Transient attacks UP worker

Ripon Police arrest transient after assault

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Transient attacks UP worker

Ripon officer takes suspect into custody.

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POSTED August 21, 2013 2:04 a.m.

The alleged knife assault on a Union Pacific Railroad work crew foreman on Highway 99 at the Stanislaus River sent a 32-year-old Morgan Hill man to jail shortly after noon on Monday.

Eli Corea fled from the work crew after the UP construction supervisor made a 911 call to Ripon police, according to First Sgt. Steve Merchant.

Merchant said that after the assault the man ran south along the railroad tracks toward the other side of the river.  Ripon patrol sergeant Lon Luthey was first to arrive on the scene and spotted the suspect running along the tracks in the 6000 block of Hammet Court.

Backup officers arrived within minutes and the suspect was taken into custody, Merchant said.

Corea was booked into San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp on charges that included possession of stolen property, exhibiting a dangerous weapon, possession of controlled substance paraphernalia, trespassing on railroad property and suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

“This was a dangerous situation,” Sgt. Merchant said. “Our emergency dispatchers’ quick action combined with the professionalism of our patrol team enabled us to take this suspect into custody without incident.”

The Morgan Hill man was charged with one felony and four misdemeanors and is being held in lieu of $17,000 bail.  He is scheduled to appear in the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

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