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City’s Crime Heats Up As Summer Season Starts

The end of June had Riverbank Police Services (RPS) busy with traffic stops, capturing fugitives, recovering a stolen firearm and much more. RPS not only protects the citizens of Riverbank but they also will be hosting the annual Bike Rodeo and Safety Fair at the Community Center Park on Wednesday, July 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Here is a look at some of the significant calls from the last two weeks in June.

During the graveyard shift on June 26, deputies responded to a report of an adult male who had hung himself from a tree in the alley behind a local fast food restaurant. Upon the deputies’ arrival he had already been cut down by Good Samaritans, however the belt had cinched down extremely tight and secured itself via the buckle prongs locking into the belt holes. They were able to remove the belt and the subject was non-responsive but still breathing. Fire and ambulance responded. He was transported to a local hospital via ambulance for medical treatment.

On June 25 during the day shift a deputy made a traffic stop on a vehicle near Patterson Road and Oakdale Road for a California Vehicle Code (CVC) violation. A records check on driver Juan Flores, 29, revealed that he was wanted by the State of Arizona for possession/transportation of dangerous drugs. He was booked for being an out of state fugitive.

A deputy made a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 2600 block of Patterson Road for a CVC violation on Monday, June 24. The driver, identified as Jose Vidal, 27, was unlicensed and during a search methamphetamine and cocaine were located. Mail with a name other than Jose Vidal’s was also located. The deputy contacted the individual whose name was on the mail; the victim came to the scene and positively identified multiple pieces of property totaling $1,115 which had been stolen during a prior burglary. Vidal was booked for possession of stolen property, driving without a license, possession of methamphetamine, possession of cocaine and a probation violation.

On the evening of Sunday, June 23 a drunk driving incident with injuries occurred on First and Topeka Streets due to a three-car collision. The at-fault driver was a 65-year-old male. He was transported to the hospital. An occupant in one of the other vehicles was also transported to the hospital but neither had life threatening injuries, according to officials. Because there were injuries requiring medical treatment, however, a complaint is being sought on the DUI driver.

Later on that night during the graveyard shift a deputy responded to a residence in the 3700 block of VanDusen for a reported theft of firearms. Two handguns and ammunition had been stolen during a barbeque. Video imagery was reviewed and a possible suspect was identified. Deputies contacted Adrian Moya, 28, who was still wearing the clothing he was wearing during the theft of the firearms. The deputy found one of the firearms near where Moya was contacted. He was subsequently booked for grand theft of a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm and felon in possession of ammunition. The other stolen firearm was found the next day when RPS Detectives did an additional search and found it on the roof a shed near where Moya was staying.

Deputies responded to a traffic collision in the 2400 block of Heartland Drive during the graveyard shift on June 22. They contacted a 39-year-old woman and determined she had driven her vehicle into a parked vehicle. She displayed signs of alcohol intoxication and FST’s (Field Sobriety Tests) were conducted. A breath test determined her BAC was over the legal limit and she was booked for DUI.

Also during this shift deputies were dispatched to a family disturbance in the 5400 block of Medallion Court. Call updates advised that a 39-year-old man was possibly shooting a gun off outside of a residence. Deputies arrived and detained the man. The gun and multiple shell casings were located and the man was booked for negligent discharge of a firearm.

Friday night June 21 during the graveyard shift deputies responded to a disturbance in the 5400 block of Gold Hill Drive. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with a 23-year-old man after he exited a backyard and approached their position in the street. They determined he was involved in the disturbance and was also intoxicated. He was arrested and booked for public intoxication.