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Tracy Homicide Suspect Tied to White Supremacy

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STOCKTON – Jeremy Wayne Jones, the defendant in the Tracy Chevron homicide who is facing charges in the killing of 30-year-old Justin Peoples, has indications of ties to white supremacist groups, officials said Friday.

Tattoos on Jones’ arms read the words “white pride,” while another tattoo displays a swastika behind a winged skeleton.

Tracy Police Chief Sekou Millington described the attack on Peoples as heinous and unprovoked. The interaction between the two parties was very brief, he said. Peoples was found suffering from multiple stab wounds and shot. He was rushed to a hospital where he later died.

Millington said detectives were able to identify Jones and the getaway vehicle during the investigation. When asked to elaborate on what led to the filing of hate crime charges, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar declined to provide specific details, however said that she wouldn’t have charged the crime unless she had evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that this was hate-based.

“It is clear by the actions of the defendants,” she said. “It is on video because it is at a convenience store, so we do have that information. Based on what we observed, based on the past history of the involved parties we believe we can make this a special circumstance of a hate crime.”

Verber Salazar went on to comment that Jones’ tattoos are commonly associated with white supremacist groups, particularly in the prison system.

Peoples’ aunt said he walked into a convenience store and was gunned down because of the color of his skin.

“Today is the day we fight for justice for Justin,” she said shortly after the court hearing.

Documents filed in San Joaquin County Superior Court indicate that Christina Garner of Manteca was the shooter in the case. Jones is said to have used a knife during the attack, according to the complaint. He was recently released from prison on March 1st.

A third defendant, Christopher Dimenco, was charged as an accessory in the case. All were held without bail and expected to return to court on April 4th.

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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