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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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Officer Involved Shooting Investigated in Tracy

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Officers examine a corner of Mosswood Court Friday afternoon where an officer involved shooting took place.

TRACY – One person who was said to be armed with a knife was rushed to a hospital Friday afternoon after being shot by a police officer.

Shortly before 2:00pm officers were called to the area of Mosswood Court for a report of a person with a knife chasing another. During the encounter an arriving officer fired his gun at the person said to be armed with a knife.

Officials at the scene said the person shot was rushed to a hospital in unknown condition. They had identified that person but were holding that information for a proper time.

The neighborhood was closed off while investigators responded to determine what took place.

No other injuries were reported.

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Aircraft Emergency Investigation Closes Mitchell Bridge

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Emergency personnel examine a crashed airplane near the Mitchel Road Bridge Wednesday afternoon.

MODESTO – An investigation into an aircraft emergency closed the northbound lanes of the Mitchell Road Bridge Wednesday afternoon.

At about 1:00pm emergency crews were dispatched to the fields east of the Mitchell Road Bridge north of the Tuolumne River for a report of a plane crash.

Arriving rescuers found a plane crashed face down into the ground near a group of trees. One person was deceased in the aircraft according to an official at the scene.

One witness at the scene said he was driving down Hatch Road when he noticed the plane at an awkward angle, but thought nothing of it at first.

No cause of the crash or estimated time of opening for Mitchell Road was available at time of publication.

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Double Homicide Investigated in Merced County, Warrant Issued For Suspect

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HILMAR – Authorities with the Merced County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a 40 year old man in connection to a double homicide that happened Tuesday night.

Authorities responded to the 19000 block of American Avenue regarding a possible homicide Tuesday night. Arriving deputies located two adult victims deceased.

Wednesday authorities identified 40 year old Victor Bazan as a suspect and issued a warrant for his arrest. Officials believe he is related to one of the victims, and he is known to be transient to the Modesto, Ceres and Turlock areas.

Relatives of one of the victims reaching out said a white stolen vehicle Bazan may have been traveling in was found abandoned in Bakersfield.

Anyone with information regarding Bazan’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact law enforcement immediately. He should not be approached.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact (209) 651-2852 where callers can remain anonymous.

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