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Child Taken in Stolen Auto Reunited with Family

Carlos Rodriguez

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MERCED – The parents of a three year old girl who was taken with their car as it was stolen were relieved to have their child back home Monday night.

The incident happened at about 6:45pm on the 400 block of West 27th Street, as Melissa Foster was preparing to take her Toyota Corolla to a car wash.

“I took one second just to run back to my porch to grab my purse,” Foster said. “In that split second, my mom saw the car door open and close.”

Someone had jumped into the car and began driving off with it. Melissa’s three year old daughter Jessie Sanchez, or “JJ” as she is affectionately called, was still inside. Melissa chased after the car on foot for two blocks before the vehicle was able to get away.

She believed whoever took her car and her daughter had been watching and waiting for her.

Police searched the surrounding neighborhood for any sign of the the stolen vehicle and the child.

“Commonly when someone steals a car and finds a child inside they (the suspect) will usually abandon the car within three or four blocks,” said Captain Jay Struble with the Merced Police Department. “Unfortunately this was not the case here.”

As time continued to pass with no sign of the car or the child, authorities issued an Amber Alert. Photos of the car and child were posted and shared to social media sites to help the word spread.

At about 8:45pm, the California Highway Patrol received a call from a citizen saying they saw the vehicle parked at a Chevron in Chowchilla. Authorities responded and found the vehicle abandoned with the child inside. Officers had to force entry into the vehicle to gain access, but found the child was unharmed and uninjured.

Detectives with the Merced Police Department, officers with Chowchilla Police and California Highway Patrol, as well as a K-9 from the Merced County Sheriff’s Office searched the area for any signs of a suspect. Monday night there was no word of an arrest.

Captain Struble said investigators were looking at surveillance video from the area, but they can only make out what appeared to be a male figure.

Jessie was brought home and reunited with her family in Merced shortly before 9:30pm. To brighten her spirits, Officer Rogelio Rodriguez bought her lollipops to enjoy on the drive home.

“She was very excited to see her mom and dad when she got back.”

The parents expressed their gratitude for the authorities involved in searching for little Jessie, and thankful for the public and Amber Alert system that made everything in this incident work out.

“Your mind is just a fog in that moment,” the child’s mother said of the two hours waiting while police searched for the girl. “I know she’s so strong and so brave.”

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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Two Arrested in Child’s Death

Carlos Rodriguez

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TRACY – Police arrested two individuals Saturday in connection to the death of a child.

Police were called on Monday November 16th for a report of a child not breathing on the 3800 block of West Grantline Road. Emergency crews arrived at an apartment and found an unresponsive four year old child.

The child was rushed to a hospital by ambulance but later died.

Police arrested the child’s mother and stepfather Saturday afternoon in connection to the child’s death. They were identified as 24 year old Camila Pizarro-Vergara and 25 year old Oscar Muñoz.

Both individuals were booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on charges of homicide and great bodily injury to a child under eight years old.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding this case to contact Detective Jarrod Jesser at (209) 831-6640.

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Robbery Reported at Stockton Gas Station

Gaby Muro

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STOCKTON – Police investigated a report of a robbery at a gas station Friday night.

At about 10:20pm officers responded to US Gasoline on the 700 block of East Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard for a report of a robbery.

The suspects fled prior to officers arriving. No releasable suspect information was available at time of publication. No injuries were reported.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Update: South Modesto Homicide Victim Identified

Gaby Muro

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MODESTO – Authorities have identified a man killed in a shooting that happened on Sunday in broad daylight.

Eric Rogelio, 27, was found in his car after being shot multiple times on Amador Avenue near Spokane Avenue Sunday afternoon. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Police responded to several reports of gunfire heard in the area where Rogelio was found on Sunday shortly before noon. Both police officers and sheriff deputies responded to the area and found the victim in the driver’s seat of a car suffering from multiple gun shot wounds. The car was stopped in the middle of the road.

Detectives believe there were multiple witnesses to the shooting, and the moments that led up to the incident.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Ra Pouv at (209) 572-9826, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

Watch video from the scene below. (Originally broadcasted live on Sunday November 15th, 2020.)

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