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DNA Match Leads to Charges for Man in 2017 Rape Case

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MERCED – A man was charged in a 2017 rape case after DNA samples returned with a match, according to authorities.

Police said 30-year-old Michael Allen Henson-Grajeda was charged in the 2017 rape of a woman who was experiencing car trouble in Merced. Detectives met with Henson-Grajeda who was in custody at the Merced County Jail on Wednesday. According to a press release issued by Merced Police Henson-Grajeda was on probation for auto theft when the sexual assault occurred.

The original incident happened on June 14th 2017 near the 1000 block of West 16th Street in Merced. Authorities said the victim experienced car trouble and pulled over to the side of the road. An unknown man approached as she stood outside and offered help, but she declined. The man then forced her into her vehicle and punched her in her face. She was sexually assaulted and then forced out of the vehicle by the suspect, who drove off in her car.

Police were provided a description of the suspect, but no one was identified in the case at the time. During an exam of the victim, an unknown male DNA profile was found. The DNA profile was uploaded to a database, but there was no match.

On June 28th, 2021, authorities were led to Henson-Grajeda as a possible DNA match. He had been sentenced for auto theft and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The conviction allowed authorities to collect his DNA for submission to a database. In October, detectives questioned Henson-Grajeda about the assault and collected his DNA sample. Henson-Grajeda denied the allegations.

A comparison of DNA samples was conducted resulting in a positive match.

Henson-Grajeda was charged with rape by means of force or fear, sodomy by means of force or fear, false imprisonment, carjacking, and oral copulation by means of force or fear.

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 Reported Shooting

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MODESTO – Police responded to a report of a person shot Thursday near a busy intersection.

Shortly before noon officers were called to a report of a shooting near the intersection of McHenry and Orangeburg Avenues.

Early reports indicate one person was found injured near a bus stop. Arriving first responders attempted life saving measures.

The parking lot of the Pep Boys/Advance Auto Parts was closed off as a crime scene along with Orangeburg Avenue east of McHenry Avenue. By 12:30, investigators were arriving on scene.

One person may have been detained, a second person may have ran to a hospital for care. Stay tuned for further details.

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

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Shooting Investigated in South Modesto

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MODESTO – Emergency personnel responded to a report of a person shot Saturday night near Imperial Avenue.

Shortly before 10:00pm emergency personnel responded to the 100 block of Imperial Avenue for a report of a person shot. Arriving deputies located one person who was shot in a pathway between Imperial and Glenn. Fire and medical crews also responded to the scene.

There was no confirmed suspect information available at time of publication, but it was believed the person responsible fled the area on foot.

The area was taped off by deputies.

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

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Shooting Investigated on Pacific Avenue

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STOCKTON – Officers with the Stockton Police Department investigated a report of a person shot late Thursday morning near Sherwood Mall.

The shooting happened at about 10:45am in the mall’s parking lot. Early reports indicate at least one person was struck by gunfire. The area was taped off and surrounding roadways were closed to traffic.

An alert from San Joaquin Delta College read as follows:

“Mustang Alert!: Police Activity at Mall – Shooting across from Stockton campus at the mall. Suspects fled away from campus. Delta is safe. Avoid Pacific Avenue.”

Anyone with information regarding this incident 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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