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Fatal Hit and Run Investigated as Homicide

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MODESTO – Police detectives investigated a hit and run that claimed the life of a woman as a homicide Wednesday morning.

Shortly after midnight police were called to the area of Maze Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr Drive for a report of a person hit by a vehicle.

Officers arriving at the scene located a man and woman who were both struck by a vehicle. A woman was found in the alley behind the convenience store at the intersection. A man who was also struck and injured crawled toward the front of the store for help.

The woman who was found in the alley was unresponsive. Police officers began performing CPR on her until medics arrived. She was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced deceased. The male victim was also taken to a hospital by ambulance and was taken straight into treatment.

Authorities believed a possible argument had led up to the incident according to Lieutenant Chris Adams. Witness accounts indicated the act appeared intentional, the Lieutenant explained. Police were also reviewing surveillance video.

One witness who declined to be identified said he saw the vehicle strike a person, back up and then hit them again. He explained he then saw the vehicle drive away from the area.

Police officers closed off the alleyway with crime scene tape as detectives and crime scene technicians responded to investigate and gather evidence.

While officers worked the scene, a police cadet spotted a vehicle nearby matching the description. The cadet, identified as Mason Lewis, followed the vehicle and guided patrol officers to its location. Officers were able to stop the vehicle and detain the driver to be interviewed.

Cadet Lewis has been with the department since his signing up as an explorer and is on his way to the police academy Lieutenant Adams said.

The Nissan sedan suspected of being involved in the crash was seized as evidence by police. There was visible damage on the vehicle and it was missing a mirror. The front passenger tire was flat.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Modesto Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

Carlos Rodriguez is an Emmy Award winning photojournalist specializing in public safety and natural disasters. His passion for local news stems from a deep commitment to his community, with a selfless mission to inform the citizens of the valley. As he worked on assignment for 19 days at the devastating Camp Fire in Paradise, California, he spent most of his time helping survivors contact their loved ones to let them know they were ok. Carlos is a veteran of Univision, FOX, and Telemundo TV stations and a native of Modesto, California.

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Homicide Investigated Near Tracy

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SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY – Authorities investigated the fatal shooting of a man Monday night just outside of the City of Tracy.

Shortly before 10:00pm Monday, deputies received a call of gunfire near the 26000 block of Lammers Road. Arriving deputies found a man who had been shot. The victim was identified as 58-year-old Eric Almason. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

There was no available suspect information Tuesday, and the investigation was ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office at (209) 446-4800 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Several in Custody After Stolen Car Pursuit

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MODESTO – Authorities detained several occupants of a stolen vehicle Monday night that ended in South Modesto.

At about 9:00pm authorities located a vehicle that had been reported stolen near Hatch Road and Richland Avenue. A brief pursuit took place but was called off after the vehicle turned onto Dallas Street from West Hatch Road.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff Air Support Unit was able to follow the vehicle from above as it traveled west to the end of Glenn Avenue. The car was then parked on Imperial Avenue and the occupants attempted to walk away.

Stanislaus Sheriff Deputies and Ceres Police Officers set up a perimeter in the neighborhood and quickly detained two passengers. The driver was taken into custody a short time later in the backyard of a home.

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Robbery Reported at Sandwich Shop

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MODESTO – Police responded to a report of a robbery at a local sandwich shop late Monday afternoon.

At about 6:30pm officers with the Modesto Police Department responded to a report of an armed robbery at a Subway sandwich shop near the area of Floyd and Roselle Avenues. Early reports indicate the suspect took the register at gunpoint and fled the area.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Modesto Police Department at (209) 572-9500 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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