MODESTO, CA – The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department rescued a victim that was being held for ransom on Saturday.
Deputies received a report of a victim being held against his will with the kidnappers demanding money for his release. The 911 caller reported that the suspects wanted $800.00 in exchange for the victim’s release.
Deputies were led to a home on the 600 block of Spooner Court in Patterson, CA. Deputies were able to secure the victims release, taking him into protective custody. The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries during his ordeal.
Investigators surrounded the residence and several suspects emerged from the home including 22-year-old Jonathan Figueroa of Modesto. He was taken into custody on a variety of charges including kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, conspiracy by a person involved in gang activity and criminal gang activity. He’s being held on $100,000 bail at the Stanislaus County Jail.
The victim’s name is being withheld for his protection.
Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to call Detective Frank Soria at 521-4636.
SACRAMENTO, CA – The man killed in Saturday’s deadly shooting at an ARCO Station on Mack Road in Sacramento has been identified.
Twenty-five-year-old Darryl Hill was shot and killed after arguing with an unknown third party at the ARCO station at 6698 Mack Road. The shooter fired multiple rounds, hitting Hill and two other occupants in a white Jetta, including a child.
According to the Sacramento Police Department, the shooting occurred at approximately 11:30 Saturday after argument turned ugly. The shooter was driving a separate vehicle and Hill was associated with the two wounded occupants of the Jetta.
A child in a car seat was one of the victims, both the wounded were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
According to CBS13, one witness claimed the gunman was shooting at everybody with an automatic weapon, and another person at the scene drew a weapon, but never fired at the shooters.
It’s still unknown what the argument was regarding.
Detectives are reviewing footage from security cameras to determine who fired the fatal shots.
No other information was available.
SACRAMENTO, CA – A body of a woman was discovered Saturday morning at a South Sacramento park Saturday morning.
According to the Sacramento Police Department, a woman’s body was found at 7:36 Saturday morning at Meadowview Park located at 7760 24th Street.
The body was discovered by a runner in the park. The victim is an African-American woman. Her body was found near the playground area of the park with her pants down, possibly indicating a sexual assault.
Homicide investigators were on the scene.
No other details were available.
SACRAMENTO, CA – A man was shot and killed and two others were sent to the hospital Saturday, including a small child.
According to the Sacramento Police Department, the shooting occurred at approximately 11:30 today at an ARCO gas station in the 6600 block of Mack Road.
An argument occurred between two people at a gas pump, both belonging to separate vehicles. Shots were fired soon after the argument killing a black adult male and injuring two others who all belonged to a white Jetta.
A child in car seat was one of the victims, both were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
No other information was available.
The Sacramento Police Department is asking for the community’s help in locating missing 78-year-old Anh Phan. Anh was last seen Friday, June 14, 2013, at 1:30 p.m., in the area of Vinh Phat Market near Stockton Blvd and Lemon Hill Ave.
Anh suffers from Alzheimer’s and wandered off from the company of a family member who was shopping in the area. Anh has gone missing in the past and is listed as an at-risk-missing person due to his age and ailment.
Anh was last seen on foot wearing a grey shirt, blue jeans and is pictured below.
The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this at-risk-missing person to contact the dispatch center at (916) 264-5471.
SACRAMENTO, CA – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced today the arrest of four individuals accused of pimping young women in a network of brothels in Northern California.
The arrests came after a five-month investigation into an organized prostitution ring that was responsible for trafficking women from Boston and New York to brothels located in residential areas of Sacramento and San Mateo counties. Once the women were in Northern California, the defendants rotated the women between brothels on an organized schedule.
“Sex trafficking rings like the one we dismantled yesterday destroy the lives of young women and degrade the social fabric of our communities,” said Attorney General Harris. “I am committed to using all of the law enforcement tools at my disposal to bring to justice those who profit from the cruel and depraved business of sex trafficking.”
On Thursday night, agents with the California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of the Sacramento Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, served arrest and search warrants at multiple locations in Sacramento and San Mateo counties, resulting in the arrest of four people, three from Sacramento County.
The four being charged with pimping and/or pandering are:
Xiu Juan Bai, 43, Sacramento County
Ken Wong, 58, Sacramento County
Yoon Chin, 55, Sacramento County
Zhi Liu, 49, San Mateo County
The operation was part of an ongoing campaign by Attorney General Harris to investigate, prosecute and punish sex traffickers in California. Last year, Attorney General Harris released The State of Human Trafficking in California. The report outlines the growing prevalence of the crime of human trafficking in the state, the increasing involvement of sophisticated transnational gangs in perpetrating the crime and the modern technologies that traffickers use to facilitate it.
The report was released at a Human Trafficking Leadership Symposium, where Attorney General Harris was joined by leaders from law enforcement, victim service groups, non-government organizations, and other groups to share the best strategies and tactics to use in the fight against forced labor and sex trafficking.
Attorney General Harris regularly convenes law enforcement officials in the state to discuss how to recognize, investigate and prosecute human trafficking cases.
Last month, three defendants in a human trafficking ring in which women from Mexico were used as prostitutes in five Northern California cities were sentenced to three years in jail.
For more information on human trafficking, go to: http://www.oag.ca.gov/human-trafficking
WOODLAND, CA – The man found Thursday in the Woodland Costco parking lot with a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head has been identified.
The man, identified as 49-year-old Xingguo (Matt) Shao a Woodland resident, was a scientist at UC Davis’s Veterinary of Medicine department working as an Assistant Project Scientist, this according to the UC Davis affiliate faculty webpage.
On Thursday afternoon, at approximately 1:30, the Woodland Police Department responded to reports of a man armed with a gun in a parked vehicle in the Costco parking lot at 2299 Bronze Star Drive.
Officers arrived to the scene and immediately cordoned off the area and locked down the buildings in the immediate vicinity.
The SWAT team, utilizing their armored vehicle to approach the car, discovered Shao with a gunshot wound to the head.
Shao was found alive and fire personnel immediately started treating him at the scene. He was transported to UC Davis Medical Center where he eventually died.
Officers believe the gunshot wound was self-inflicted.
The Sacramento Coroner’s office is working with investigators to determine if the wound was self-inflicted.
MAGALIA, CA – The charred remains of three people were discovered in the trunk of a burned out vehicle early Thursday morning in Butte County.
In the early morning hours of Thursday, Cal Fire, along with the Butte County Sheriff’s department, responded to a burning vehicle in the town Magalia.
According to the Butte County Sheriff’s Department, the vehicle was burning in the area of Skyway and Hupp-Coutelenc Road.
When officials arrived they discovered a green 2000 Acura completely engulfed in flames.
As firefighters extinguished the fire, they made a gruesome discovery when they found three bodies in the trunk of the Acura.
Investigators discovered that the Acura was recently reported stolen to the Sacramento Police Department.
The victims have not been identified and the cause of death is under investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact Butte County Sheriff Det. Matt Calkins at 530-538-7671.
The Woodland Police Department responded to reports of a man armed with a gun in a vehicle parked in the Costco parking lot at 2299 Bronze Star Drive just after 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
Officers arrived to the scene and immediately cordoned off the area and locked down the buildings in the immediate area.
The SWAT team utilized their armored vehicle to approach the vehicle and discovered a lone male occupant with a gunshot wound to the head.
The man was found alive and fire personnel immediately started treating the victim. He was transported to UC Davis Medical Center where he eventually died.
Officers believe the gunshot wound was self-inflicted.
The Sacramento Coroner’s office is working with investigators to determine if the wound was self-inflicted. The victim’s name has not been released.
ROCKLIN, CA – The Rocklin Unified School District is taking some heat after CBS13 reported on Thursday that district officials chose not to notify parents after a school bus driver was arrested on suspicion of molesting a child.
Earlier this month, 50-year-old Eric Deason was accused of violently sexually assaulting a child and was ultimately arrested and charged with lewd acts with a child and sodomy.
Rocklin School District officials fired Deason after learning of his arrest and decided not to notify parents of the situation. CBS13 learned about the arrest, and lack of notification, only after a tip was sent to the CBS13 news crew.
One of the potential decision makers in the situation, Assistant Superintendent Mike Garrison, explained the failed rationale to CBS13, “Every indication that we know right now is that the situation does not involve any Rocklin Unified School District students.”
Garrison also argued that Deason passed all the district’s background checks and would not go into any further details, claiming it was a personnel issue.
According to CBS13, deputies have confirmed that they do not believe the alleged victim had any connection to Deason’s job of bussing children, but the question remains, why weren’t parents notified.
Questions arise as to the investigation and why parents were not notified from a law enforcement perspective, as well as why district officials chose not to notify parents. Informing parents could lead to other victims that may have gone unnoticed.
The Rocklin Unified School District is no stranger to Teacher abuse. Earlier this year 38-year-old Ian Runciman was arrested after allegedly providing Granite Oaks Middle School children marijuana and alcohol at his apartment.
It appears the school district has some cleaning up to do and the Placer County Sheriff’s Department needs to brush-up on their investigative skills.