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Second Arrest Made in Turlock Homicide Case

Carlos Rodriguez

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Juan Jose Cruz Jr, Miguel Saldate - Turlock Police Department.

TURLOCK – Authorities announced charges against a second suspect in a recent shooting death Thursday morning.

The investigation stemmed from the fatal shooting of 26 year old Mario Meza, a resident of Modesto. The homicide occurred on September 7th at about 4:15am near the 200 block of North Tully Road.

Police initially detained 20 year old Miguel Saldate, who was arrested and charged with several felony charges including homicide. Detectives investigating the case identified a second individual, 19 year old Juan Jose Cruz Junior as a suspect.

Authorities interviewed Cruz at the Turlock Police Department on Wednesday September 9th. He was arrested and also charged with homicide, attempted homicide, aggravated assault, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Authorities booked him into the Stanislaus County Jail.

It is unclear if there were more parties involved in the incident, however investigators are working to identify all who were.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Timothy Redd at (209) 664-7325, 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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Merced Triple Shooting Leaves One Dead

Gaby Muro

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MERCED – A shooting near an apartment complex claimed the life of one person, injuring two others early Wednesday morning.

Officers with the Merced Police Department responded to a report of gunfire heard near the apartments at Santa Fe and Glen Avenue. When they arrived they found several victims who were shot.

One of the victims was pronounced deceased inside an apartment, two others who were found outside were rushed to the hospital and were said to be in critical condition.

No suspect information or motive were released by police.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Sergeant Solis at (209) 385-4703.

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Investigators Seek Help in Homicide Case

Gaby Muro

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STOCKTON – Homicide detectives with the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office are looking for help in a homicide case that occurred near the 4100 block of East Fremont Street on October 17th, 2020.

Investigators say on October 17th, 25-year-old Alvaro Morales-Yac was shot and killed while inside his vehicle at a gas station.

Detectives say the male suspect appears to be heavyset, with a goatee and Hispanic. They believe the suspect is in his 30’s. The suspect was driving a light metallic sedan at the time of the homicide. Investigators believe the car is a 2017 or 2018 Hyundai Elantra.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Wait at (209) 373-9057.

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Fatal Shooting Investigated on Bystrum Road

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MODESTO – Detectives investigated a shooting that claimed the life of one person Monday night.

The shooting happened shortly before 11:00pm on Bystrum Road near Lombardo Avenue. Deputies arrived to find a victim who was suffering from a gunshot wound. That victim was transported to a hospital for care but later died.

Authorities did not have any available suspect information and said no arrests had been made. Investigators were seeking the victim’s family Tuesday for notification.

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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