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Joint agency effort ends with domestic violence suspect arrest

A domestic violence suspect in River Islands that fled their residence before officers arrived required the assistance of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department helicopter as well as neighboring agencies earlier this week.

On Monday, the Lathrop Police Department responded to a call in River Islands about a domestic violence incident and upon arrival learned that the suspect had fled the home.

With the assistance of the Manteca Police Department and the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, the agency learned that the suspect was in the vicinity of the San Joaquin River near River Bend Drive and the decision was made to call in for air support to help locate them.

“With the help of several partner agencies, we were able to capture the suspect without incident or injury,” the Lathrop Police Department said in a news release. “Thank you to Manteca PD and San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office for the use of your K9 teams as well as Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office for the deployment of their helicopter to help with the search.

“It is with great partnerships like these that we are able to keep our community safe.”

The helicopter circled over the San Joaquin River for a period of time near homes while the search for the suspect was underway.

The name of the suspect was not released in the social media post that was made on Wednesday.

The peaceful ending without incident or injury as well as the interagency cooperation serve as signs that the new Lathrop Police Department – which went online in late June after more than three decades of Lathrop receiving contract law enforcement service from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office – is not only effectively operating within the community, but also the wider law enforcement sphere within the county.

While the initial steps of the transition to the standalone agency were rocky – San Joaquin County Sheriff Pat Withrow tried to cancel the remainder of the city’s contract with the county, which was shut down by the Board of Supervisors, prior to the new Lathrop Police Department being operational – the agencies have worked cooperatively in a number of ways since the handoff formally took place.

To contact Bulletin reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.