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Police Make Arrest in Modesto Homicide

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MODESTO – Police on Friday announced the arrest of a man in connection to a homicide that took place on December 14th.

Darren Womack, 24, was arrested for the murder of 18 year old Lisandro Mendez. The incident took place shortly before 10:30pm on the 1600 block of Larkin Avenue. Womack is also facing burglary and gun enhancement charges.

Police responded to the home Monday night to find Mendez inside of a home who was shot at least once. Officers began providing aid until medics arrived to take over and transport the victim to a hospital. Mendez was later pronounced deceased.

Police searched the area after a possible involved vehicle was found crashed near Oregon Drive and Thrasher Avenue. Authorities found evidence of a possible connection to the shooting, and used a K-9 to conduct a search. The search led them to a residence on the 500 block of Kerr Avenue, however authorities are still unsure of the connection to the people who were contacted there.

About a half hour later, police received a report of a second shooting victim that arrived at a hospital with a gunshot wound. Police said that person appeared to be connected to the shooting, and were expected to survive their injuries.

No further details were released on Friday.

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

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Turlock Police Investigate Fatal Stabbing of Teen

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TURLOCK – Detectives are investigating the fatal stabbing of a seventeen year old boy that took place Friday night.

Authorities believe that the victim was leaving a house party near the 2000 block of North Daubenberger Road at about 10:45pm, when police received the call reporting the stabbing had taken place.

Arriving officers found the teen on the sidewalk suffering from at least one stab wound. Officers began performing CPR until the victim was transported by medics to a hospital. The victim died about an hour later.

Detectives interviewed witnesses who stayed behind and believe a group of individuals, either white or Hispanic males in their teens or early 20’s, confronted the victim as he was leaving the party. A fight then took place, ending with the victim being stabbed. Friends of the victim called 911 for help.

Further information was not available Saturday morning.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Frank Navarro at (209) 664-7319 or the Turlock Tip Line at (209) 668-5550 extension 6780. Crime Stoppers is also available at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Arrest Made in February 14th Homicide

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Investigators examine a crime scene where a homicide took place on El Dorado Street on February 14th, 2023.

STOCKTON – A 41 year old man was arrested by authorities in connection to a homicide that took place on February 14th of this year.

Shortly before 3:00am that morning, police officers responded to the 600 block of North El Dorado Street for a report of a person down. Arriving officers located a 60 year old man who was suffering from stab wounds. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Throughout the course of the investigation, authorities were able to identify and arrest 41 year old Robert Lee Sandoval Friday in connection to the case. He was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail without possibility of bail on a murder charge.

Sandoval is due in San Joaquin County Superior Court Tuesday afternoon.

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Deputies Investigate Shooting Near Newman

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Deputies investigate a shooting on River Road that injured one person Sunday night.

NEWMAN – A man was taken to a hospital for care after suffering a gunshot wound Sunday night.

The shooting happened shortly before 10:30pm at a mobile home park on the 26000 block of River Road just outside the City of Newman.

According to officials at the scene, the victim suffered an injury to a lower extremity and was stabilized by medical personnel. The victim was taken to a local hospital for further treatment.

One person was detained at the scene, however deputies were still processing the scene and collecting evidence late Sunday night. No motive to the incident was available.

Anyone with information regarding this case can call the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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