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Police arrest Manteca transient, recover two sawed off weapons
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A 24-year-old auto theft suspect downed by a police taser is transported to a waiting ambulance with his wrists and ankles handcuffed. - photo by GLENN KAHL

A suspected auto thief was cornered in a cul-de-sac on Windsor Place Thursday afternoon and tased by a detective when he allegedly reached into his waist band and turned on the officer as he was about to jump a fence, police said.

Mario Garcia Castaneda, 31, a Manteca transient, possessing sawed off weapons and ammunition,  was treated at the scene and transported to an area hospital after his confrontation with the DELTARAT auto theft task force officers in the northwest Manteca neighborhood.

Manteca Police officer Steve Schluer, who has been assigned to the taskforce for some two years, said the 1994 Honda Accord was taken from a Tracy location on Wednesday morning.  The officers had located the stolen vehicle in central Manteca earlier in the day and eventually followed in onto St. Francis Drive where the suspect turned down Windsor Place in an attempt to evade them not realizing it was a dead end roadway.

Schluer said Castaneda fled out of the car and ran into the front yard of a home where it looked like he was about to jump the side fence, however he was tased before he could make it into the back yard.

Several Manteca patrolmen responded to the scene to back up the detectives when they heard the suspect was about to be stopped and had fled from DELTARAT officers.

Found in his car was a .410 sawed off shotgun and a sawed off .22 caliber rifle.  Police said he had only one .22 round in his possession, but added he had eight shotgun shells.

Castaneda was charged with violating his parole and is being held without bail in the San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp.

He has been charged with six additional felony counts including committing a felony while out on bail and auto theft.  The suspect is scheduled to appear in the Stockton Courthouse on July 20, at 1:30 p.m.