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Ripon chief arrests parolee-at-large
Roger Acosta

RIPON — Ripon Police Chief Ed Ormonde got his man at gunpoint Wednesday afternoon minutes after arriving on the scene of a residential manhunt.

The chief captured parolee-at-large and documented “Vickystown-Sureno” gang member Roger Acosta, 29, of Manteca who had been jumping fences after reportedly terrifying a woman resident in the 100 block of Oregon Street.

The woman had called police at about 1:30 saying a man had banged on her back door asking to use her phone.  She described the individual as being of Hispanic descent with a shirt wrapped around his head, wearing shorts and having numerous tattoos on his body.     

The shaken resident said she ordered the man off of her property.  She said he ran and jumped the back fence into the bordering alley.  Ripon officers quickly responded thinking it may have been an interrupted residential burglary.

Officer Anthony DeMarinis first spotted Acosta in an alley way between Oregon Avenue and Washington Street.  While checking the area on foot, First Sgt. Steve Merchant subsequently caught sight of the suspect in another back yard in the 100 block of Washington Street.

Acosta reportedly ran from officers jumping over another fence with his direction of travel broadcast over the air that was picked up by Chief Ormonde.  The chief located the suspect and detained him at gunpoint.  He and First Sgt. Merchant took him into custody.

Acosta is being held without bail at the San Joaquin County Jail on a parole violation felony.