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Shooting Investigated, Robbery Arrest Made
On Wednesday, Jan. 14 deputies responded to this residence in the 6000 block of Don Avenue in Riverbank regarding a 37-year-old male with a gunshot wound to his upper body. Investigators are releasing little information about the incident. RICHARD PALOMA/The News

An early morning shooting causing an emergency response from Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputies awakened residents in what usually is a quiet Riverbank neighborhood.

On Wednesday, Jan .14, deputies responded to a home in the 6000 block of Don Avenue regarding a person shot. When they arrived on scene shortly before 1:30 a.m., they found a 37-year-old male with a gunshot wound to his upper body.

Emergency personnel responded and transported the victim to a local emergency room.

Detectives from the sheriff’s office spent the morning at the house processing evidence. Details of the shooting or the victim’s condition were not available at press time and little information has been released by the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department. The matter is still under investigation.

On Jan. 15 an unknown adult male at the residence declined to discuss the matter with The News.

Anyone with information can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636.

Meanwhile, an arrest in Stockton on Monday, Jan. 12, led Stanislaus Sheriff’s detectives to identify a man wanted in connection with a Nov. 27 armed robbery in Riverbank.

Enrique Aaron Reyes, 26, of Union City, was arrested by Stockton Police on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. During the interview after the arrest, Reyes informed Stockton investigators that he was involved in a Riverbank robbery. Stockton Police contacted Stanislaus Sheriff’s Detective Eric Torres about the admission and Detective Torres later questioned Reyes.

During questioning by Detective Torres, Reyes admitted he robbed the Shell gas station in the 3100 block of Atchison Street at gunpoint.

During the Nov. 27 robbery, sheriff’s officials said the robber walked into the gas station, grabbed some merchandise and then approached the counter as if he were going to pay for the items. While the employee was totaling up the items, the robber pulled out a handgun and demanded all the money from the cash register.

The suspect fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.

At the time of the robbery witnesses described the suspect as a black man in his 20s, wearing a black coat, blue pants and a blue knitted-cap.

Reyes remained in custody at San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp pending the Stockton charges. Officials stated that once Reyes is released from San Joaquin County custody, he will be arrested in the Riverbank robbery case.