STOCKTON – Two suspects appearing in court Friday afternoon in relation to this week’s homicide in Tracy were also charged with the special circumstance of hate crime, officials said.
Co-defendants Christina Lyn Garner and Jeremy Wayne Jones were arraigned in San Joaquin Superior Court on murder charges with the special circumstance alleging the victim was intentionally killed because of his race, color, religion, nationality, or country of origin, according to a press release from the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office. A third defendant, 58 year old Christopher Dimenco, was arraigned on an accessory charge.
On Tuesday night police were called to the Chevron gas station on North Tracy Boulevard for a report of a person shot. Arriving officers found the victim, identified as 30 year old Justin Peoples of Stockton, suffering from a gunshot wound and multiple stab wounds. The investigation led Tracy Police Special Investigations and Special Enforcement teams to Garner and Jones who were taken into custody the following morning on De Ovan Avenue in Stockton.
“There is no room for hate in our community. No one should be victimized because of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion” said Tori Verber Salazar, San Joaquin County District Attorney.
“These types of crimes are reprehensible and my administration will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law to hold those who perpetuate hate accountable,” she said in a press release.
“There is no room for hate for Tracy or anywhere,” said Chief Sekou Millington of the Tracy Police Department.
“When community members are victims of crimes related to hate, we will use our resources to bring those responsible to justice.”
The defendants are expected to appear in court before Judge Ronald Northrup on April 4th for further arraignment.
Police Shooting Investigated in West Modesto
MODESTO – An officer involved shooting closed down a shopping center near a busy intersection early Tuesday morning.
The incident happened shortly before 1:00am near the intersection of South Martin Luther King Drive and Paradise Road. A police press release stated the shooting occurred when police encountered an armed person during a traffic stop. The suspect was taken to a hospital for treatment of the gunshot wound and was expected to survive. A firearm was recovered at the scene, and no officers were injured.
South Martin Luther King Drive was closed to traffic near the area where the shooting happened. The shooting appeared to have happened in a parking lot just east of the roadway near a Jack in the Box restaurant. A white car was examined by investigators in the parking lot, with police cars behind it.
The area was cleared and re-opened shortly before 9:00am.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Modesto Police or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.
Woman Stabbed, Knife Wielding Man Shot by Police
STOCKTON – Authorities with Stockton Police conducted an investigation Sunday night following a stabbing and officer involved shooting.
At about 8:00pm police officers responded to the 1600 block of East Bianchi Road for a report of a disturbance involving a man armed with a knife. Arriving officers located the suspect, and moments later shots were fired by police.
A woman was also found suffering from at least one stab wound. Both the victim and suspect were taken to a hospital for treatment. As of Sunday night their conditions were unknown. No other injuries were reported.
The area was closed off by police for several hours for the investigation. No further details were released at time of publication.
This was the second officer involved shooting over the weekend in Stockton. On Saturday morning, police responded to an apartment complex on 11th Street for a report of a man who threatened to stab a woman. That suspect was shot. The woman suffered multiple stab wounds. Both were taken to a hospital. Several children in the apartment were unharmed.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Stockton Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.
Police Shoot Man Who Threatened to Stab Woman
STOCKTON – Two people were rushed to a hospital Saturday morning following a violent confrontation.
At about 9:00am police officers were called to an apartment complex on the 1500 block of East 11th Street. Early indications suggest officers were responding to a report of a man armed with a knife.
The person calling for help was a child of the man and woman involved, and said their dad was threatening to stab their mom. Arriving officers located the suspect and a shooting occurred. The involved woman was also found with stab wounds. Both were transported to a hospital with injuries and as of this publication, their conditions were unknown.
Residents in the area were shocked at the incident. One man who declined to provide his name and lived across the street said that the neighborhood and apartment complex is relatively calm, and that most people who lived around him are respectful of each other. He was taking a shower and heard three or four gunshots, and a large amount of sirens shortly after. The incident came as a surprise and felt very out of place to him.
Other residents who lived a block to the east said they heard the commotion. One woman said she heard shouting for someone to get on the ground along with three or four gunshots.
Kya Lewis lives across the street and said her and her neighbors watched the incident unfold from their apartment windows. She said she saw officers arrive and rush to the apartment in question followed by gunshots shortly after.
A video Lewis provided showed the aftermath shortly after the shooting occurred. Two officers tended to a man and woman on the front doorstep of the apartment. Both appeared to be significantly bleeding. A second video recording shows both persons being wheeled away by paramedics, while officers spoke with witnesses.
Several neighbors expressed concern for the children in the apartment noting several lived there.
Police taped off the entire block of the complex, and closed roadways leading up to the area.
No further details were released Saturday afternoon.
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