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Ripon gang members get 9-year terms for attempted carjacking

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POSTED February 1, 2014 1:22 a.m.

Two Ripon gang members have been sentenced to nine years in state prison for an August 2013 attempted carjacking on the frontage road near East Main Street that parallels the northbound lanes of Highway 99 in Ripon.

The two men were Salvador Junior Moya, 24, and Luis Alejandro Machuca, 21. They received additional time for committing the crime as documented street crime gang members.  

The vehicle had reportedly been left running with an 11-year-old boy in the back seat.  The two men in their early to mid-20s apparently did not see the youngster until he began to hit them. They then allegedly hit him over the head.  Family members saw the exchange and ran out to rescue the young boy as the duo fled the scene.

Ripon Police were on the scene within minutes and arrested one of the men within an hour following the incident. The other was taken into custody in a south side Modesto grocery store parking lot later with the assistance of allied law enforcement agencies in Stanislaus County.  Ripon’s Special Investigations Unit officers had identified the second suspect through developing leads and kept his movements under surveillance until his arrest.

Ripon First Sergeant Steve Merchant said that the SIU detective would like to thank all the concerned citizens who stood up to gang violence and assisted them with the investigation. 

“Because of the continued cooperation between Ripon citizens and their police department, these criminals were quickly taken into custody,” Merchant said.

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