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Oregon Homicide Suspects Captured in Stanislaus County

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NEWMAN – Two suspects wanted in connection to a homicide in Oregon were captured in Stanislaus County by authorities Wednesday.

Authorities with Grants Pass Department of Public Safety responded to a 911 call from the Red Lion Inn after an employee found a man on the floor of a room at the hotel.

Detectives responded and found 42 year old Ryan Antone Dutra deceased from a gunshot wound. Authorities said Dutra was a resident of California and was renting a room at the hotel. No one else was found in the room, and no one in the area had any knowledge of the incident.

Investigators were able to develop leads using surveillance video, cell phone and license plate technology. They identified the suspects as 41 year old Derek Ian Smith and his wife 34 year old Tera Lindsey Smith. Both were reported as residents of California. Detectives believe both suspects had already returned by the time they were identified.

Authorities in Grants Pass coordinated with authorities in California to locate both suspects. They were able to track them down to Stanislaus County, where their vehicle had broken down at a vista point along Interstate 5 in the Newman area.

Officers with the California Highway Patrol and Deputies with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office responded to the rest area and spotted their SUV with an open hood. Early reports indicated they were attempting to jump start their vehicle. Both suspects were taken into custody at about 10:30am without incident.

Both suspects face charges including murder, robbery and unlawful use of a weapon. The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety acknowledged the swift work of investigators and local allied agencies to apprehend them both.

Photo: Grants Pass Department of Public Safety

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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Police Investigate Shooting

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STOCKTON – At least one person was wounded during a shooting Monday night.

The shooting happened shortly after 8:20pm. Police were dispatched to the 400 block of East Pine Street and found one person with a gunshot wound. Medical personnel were called to take the victim to a hospital. Their condition was unknown at time of publication.

A second person in the area of the shooting was also transported to a hospital with unknown injuries. Early reports indicate some type of laceration.

The suspect reportedly fled in a vehicle prior to police arriving.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Shooting Injures Two While Sitting in Car

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STOCKTON – Two people were shot as they sat in a vehicle Saturday night, sending both to a hospital.

The incident happened at about 8:00pm near the 8600 block of Lower Sacramento Road. The victims, identified as a 30 year old man and a 28 year old woman, were sitting in a car at a shopping center when two suspects approached on foot. One had a gun and opened fire several times. The suspects then both ran off.

The victims were found in the vehicle by police near the intersection of Lower Sacramento Road and Ponce De Leon Avenue. They were rushed to a hospital and were both listed as stable Sunday morning.

There was no suspect description other than male adults.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Early Morning Homicide Investigated

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STOCKTON – Authorities investigated an early morning shooting that claimed the life of a man Sunday.

Police officers were dispatched to the area of Funston Avenue and Bradford Street shortly before 5:30am Sunday for a report of a person who was shot. Arriving emergency personnel found a 42 year old man who was shot. Life saving measures were performed but the victim died at the scene.

The area was closed off with crime scene tape. Detectives responded to examine the area for evidence in the case. A vehicle with damaged windows was examined by authorities near where the victim was located.

There was no motive or suspect information available Sunday.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

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