The quick action of a Manteca Police officer back in early February, that ended in the arrest of two armed robbery suspects after a foot pursuit, is being lauded by the Manteca City Council.
Patrolman Ian Osborn is being honored at the Tuesday night council session for his alert reaction in a foot pursuit of the suspects in a robbery that he discovered in progress at the 7-Eleven convenience store at Powers and Yosemite avenues.
Osborn had received information on his car radio that a series of armed robberies had occurred in northern Stanislaus and southern San Joaquin counties noting they seemed to be moving northward toward Manteca.
While enroute to the area of Yosemite Avenue and Highway 99 to check for suspects getting off the freeway, Osborn spotted a robbery happening at the 7-Eleven in the 800 block of Ease Yosemite Avenue.
He called for backup and took off running after the two suspects who were armed and had just completed a series of “violent” robberies.
Manteca Police Chief Dave Bricker commented, “Officer Osborn’s actions not only brought a group of serial robbers to justice, but also prevented future robberies when an untold loss of property and loss of life were averted. Osborn’s actions are in the best tradition of the police services and are worthy of recognition.”
At the 7 p.m. Tuesday council meeting Officer Ian Osborn will receive The Department Recognition Award and Ribbon.