Police conduct two local manhunts over the weekend
by Jonathan Partridge | Patterson Irrigator
Jun 22, 2012 | 4337 views | 12 12 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Deputy Robert Banks keeps his gun drawn while returning to his motorcycle after searching a South Patterson house for two suspects who fled on foot after being pulled over on Friday, June 22, 2012.
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Deputy Robert Banks keeps his gun drawn while returning to his motorcycle after searching a South Patterson house for two suspects who fled on foot after being pulled over on Friday, June 22, 2012. Lisa James / Patterson Irrigator
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Sheriff's deputy canine handler Marci Matos of Riverbank pets her dog, Sam, after he assisted officers in searching a South Patterson neighborhood for two suspects who fled on foot after being pulled over on Friday, June 22, 2012.
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Sheriff's deputy canine handler Marci Matos of Riverbank pets her dog, Sam, after he assisted officers in searching a South Patterson neighborhood for two suspects who fled on foot after being pulled over on Friday, June 22, 2012. Lisa James / Patterson Irrigator
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Multiple officers assisted in the search of a South Patterson neighborhood after two suspects fled on foot Friday, June 22, 2012.
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Multiple officers assisted in the search of a South Patterson neighborhood after two suspects fled on foot Friday, June 22, 2012. Lisa James / Patterson Irrigator
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Sherriff's deputy canine handler Marci Matos of Riverbank guides her dog, Sam, in searching a South Patterson neighborhood for two suspects who fled on foot after being pulled over on Friday, June 22, 2012.
Detective David Hickman, left, and Sgt. Paul Yotsuya assist.
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Sherriff's deputy canine handler Marci Matos of Riverbank guides her dog, Sam, in searching a South Patterson neighborhood for two suspects who fled on foot after being pulled over on Friday, June 22, 2012. Detective David Hickman, left, and Sgt. Paul Yotsuya assist. Lisa James / Patterson Irrigator
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Local police kept busy with two manhunts over the weekend — one involving suspects who had drugs and another with suspects allegedly involved in theft and robbery.

In the first incident, which took place late early Friday evening, June 22, two suspects in south Patterson evaded police after taking off on foot when their car was pulled over, tossing out a bindle of narcotics as they ran, police said.

Then on Sunday, June 24, police chased down and arrested Arturo Martinez, 18, of Modesto in an unrelated incident in northern Patterson after he allegedly stole beer from a store and robbed an ice cream vendor.

During the first incident, police and witnesses say two males ran from the green BMW they were driving at 4:45 p.m. when they were pulled over at Sunflower and Traina drives. It was unclear as of press time why police conducted a traffic stop.

The suspects jumped neighbors’ fences as they sought to get away, witnesses said, and one of them threw a container of narcotics — probably methamphetamine or cocaine — on the ground as they ran, according to Sgt. Paul Yotsuya of Patterson Police Services.

Sunflower Drive resident Lavonna Routt said she was putting her granddaughter to sleep when she heard a ruckus in her backyard and then suddenly noticed that a man had jumped her fence. Then, another man who was climbing the fence stared at her, she said.

“They started pacing in our backyard,” Routt recalled.

She said the younger of the two men was a Latino with a black Oakland Raiders hat, a white T-shirt and black Levi’s jeans. She said the other man also was Latino, but she could not recall what he was wearing.

Authorities spent more than two hours trying to track down the suspects with a K-9 unit and undercover vehicles. A Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department helicopter that happened to be in the area for training exercises also assisted with the search.

Police carefully searched the surrounding south Patterson neighborhood after the men ran off, spending an extensive amount of time at homes near Sunflower and Traina drives and Marisa and Nicastro drives. However, the occupants of the BMW were never found.

Two days later, police were chasing after suspects once again, after they received word at 2:10 p.m. that two young men had taken an ice chest by force from an ice cream vendor on a bicycle at Ward and American Eagle avenues.

The black Honda they were driving matched the description of one used by suspects who stole beer from a local market earlier that day, said Deputy Raj Singh of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.

As they searched for the suspects, deputies found a black Honda parked on Deer Hollow and Bear Hollow drives, where several people were drinking beer that was the same brand as the alcohol that had been stolen earlier that day, Singh said. They were also using an ice chest that looked like the one that had been stolen from the ice cream vendor, he said.

As deputies got out of the car and approached, Martinez and a man who matched the other suspect’s description began to walk away, and then Martinez took off running and tried to scale a nearby brick wall, Singh said.

A deputy caught up to Martinez and tried to pull him down from the wall, Singh said. Martinez started kicking him and a knife fell off of him in the process.

An unnamed 16-year-old who had been hanging out with Martinez suddenly approached the deputy and kicked and punched him, allowing Martinez to escape, Singh said.

Police set up a perimeter in the surrounding neighborhood as they sought to find Martinez and they eventually tracked him down with a K9 unit, finding him hiding inside a tractor yard on the 1100 block of Ward Avenue, Singh said. After arresting him at 3:24 p.m., witnesses identified him via an infield lineup, in which they sat in the back of a patrol car.

While the 16-year-old who assaulted the deputy was also arrested, the second suspect in the beer theft and ice cream vendor robbery escaped, Singh said. Both the 16-yeaer-old and Martinez were documented Sureño gang members, he said.

Anyone with information about the suspects in Friday’s manhunt or the suspect in Sunday’s foot chase can contact Patterson Police Services at 892-5071.

• Contact Jonathan Partridge at 892-6187, ext. 26, or jonathan@pattersonirrigator.com.

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Pal4Patt
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June 27, 2012
I moved here 2 years ago. Lived most of my life in SFO and Palo Alto. I love Patterson! The community is visablely beautiful with all it's parks. I enjoy slower pace of life the friendly people.

Every community has its seedy side and Patterson is no different. You can complain or you can choose to see the positive.

stealthcat
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June 27, 2012
But what if the entire town is the seedy side? From outward appearances Walker Ranch and Heartland Ranch look nice, but it seems like that is where most of the crime takes place.

You lived in SF and Palo Alto and love Patterson? Something must be wrong with you.
Pal4Patt
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June 27, 2012
Don't think I'm the one with the problem...
prospective_resident
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June 24, 2012
My family and I have been considering moving to Patterson towards the end of the summer. In doing my research, I read the local news posted here each day. There seems to a pattern when it comes to shootings. It's kind of disturbing.

We're in the Hayward Hills now and it's a very nice and safe community to raise a child HOWEVER, just a few miles down the hill, it IS a different story. So I'm not completely frightened by what I'm reading but is it concerning.

Can anyone shed some light on how you think Patterson compares to the Bay Area? Are these isolated incidents I'm reading about and are there parts of Patterson that are better than others? We've looked at homes on Jake Creek, Morning Glory, Tenbrink, Thrush, and Walnut.

nhurtado
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June 24, 2012
I moved from hayward to Patterson 8 years ago right after high school. I used to live on muir street close to k mart and harder school. One thing I can tell you is I love living here and I am now raising my two kids here. I live on thrush and so far I haven't really had any problems. Its on the other side of town you should be worried about. Id say there's probably the same amount of crime here in Patterson that there is out there in hayward. The only thing it wayward has a higher population than Patterson and because Patterson is a smaller town it makes it seem like there's more crime. When in reality its almost or probably the same.
TIGERS12
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June 24, 2012
Prospective:

You need to look more into Reflections the gated community, not that it's perfect but it is gated and has a security guard. Patterson is having growing pain with a big influx of Bay Area people being able to afford homes here. It has brought more crime and drugs into the area, but we have had a severe gang and drug problem for many,many years. No community is perfect, but being so rural here and having had so many cuts in the Sheriffs dept has lead to more crime here.
Patterson2010
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June 24, 2012
Crime getting much worse. Thievery seems rampant now.
stealthcat
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June 25, 2012
Why the heck would you want to actually live in Patterson? The ability to buy a big home cheaply isn't a good enough reason. I'd trade with you in a heartbeat to live in the Hayward hills and escape Patterson.

Crime is increasing, the weather sucks (too hot), not a dang thing to do here, no decent restaurants, schools likely suck, the demographic is whites are a minority if that matters to you, unsafe downtown, etc.

We came here 9 years ago because of the cheap housing and ignored the other things I mentioned. Huge mistake. Stay where you are, or move somewhere decent like Turlock if you'e intent on moving to this area.
phatrikk
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June 30, 2012
if you move to patterson....live in the country part..its better. the town it self sucks. it always has and always will. i have lived here for 20 years..... the bay is much better to me. i am from the bay. just to much to live there now. tracy would be better to live. or livermore.
buy_american
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June 22, 2012
Probably some of the same ones the go to the river on a daily basis to do their drugs deals. It's like a parade of cars, especially on the weekends and at the beginning of the month and all hours of the night. If they are not dumping garbage, then they are selling it.


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