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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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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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