A 24-year-old Manteca man allegedly entered at least one home in the 1600 block of Murrieta Way Monday before police nabbed him.
A call of a burglary in progress brought officers and one dog to the neighborhood north of the Manteca Golf Course.
The ensuing chase involved jumping numerous back-yard fences until the police dog found the suspect hiding in bushes in front of a home in the 500 block of Foxfire Drive,
Jackson Ernest Blevins Palomeras was arrested on suspicion of residential burglary and resisting arrest. The police dog caused several puncture wounds to the suspect’s legs as he ran from the bushes and was downed by the canine at the edge of the grass near the street. Palomar’s was treated at the scene by medics.
Police officers had initially set up a perimeter around the neighborhood in an attempt to catch the suspect as he was fleeing on foot.
Sgt. Bryan Holland said neighbors were very helpful for law enforcement as they pointed out the direction the suspect had fled down the street, jumping over the back fences, and showing where the man might be located.
No one was home at the residence that was entered on Murrieta but a woman two doors down said someone had rattled her screen door before she frightened him off. Four police units responding to her 911 call. A metal flashlight had been dropped on her front sidewalk that was taken as evidence.
Police took witnesses to the Murrieta address where an officer stood next to Palomeras for a roadside lineup so he could be identified as the one they had seen running through their neighborhood.
Officer Steve Beermann cautioned women in the neighborhood, who were standing in front of their homes, to never open the door for anyone knocking or ringing their bell.
“Just ask who it is from inside the front door,” he warned.
He said once the door is opened, someone can easily force entry into their house.
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