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Drive By Shooting Leads To Arrests
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Riverbank patrol deputies and a detective took four suspects into custody Friday for their suspected involvement in a drive-by shooting on the east side of Riverbank.

Just before 8 p.m. Friday evening, June 11, dispatchers received several 911 calls reporting shots fired and a vehicle fleeing the unincorporated area of the 5300 block of Patterson Road, according to the Sheriff's Department. No injuries were reported but a vehicle parked in the area was hit numerous times.

Deputies arrived within a matter of six minutes and began systematically searching the area for a green Lincoln occupied by up to four individuals, one of them reportedly armed with a rifle and/or a handgun.

A detective, dispatched to assist other investigating deputies, located a similar-looking vehicle near the intersection of Santa Fe and Claus. The detective attempted to conduct an enforcement stop. The Lincoln failed to yield initially, but then made an abrupt stop near Santa Fe and Eleanor Avenue. A group of four subjects, three of whom were adult men, were located and detained inside the car.

Deputies returned to the location of the earlier shooting, brought in a canine unit and during the subsequent search found evidence linking the driver and his juvenile passenger to the shooting within the passenger compartment of the Lincoln. A loaded handgun and a substance believed to be powder cocaine were recovered as well.

Deputies identified the driver of the vehicle as 19-year-old Luis Sanchez of Modesto. Sanchez was booked on several felony charges including possession of a prohibited weapon, possessing a loaded firearm, shooting at an unoccupied vehicle or dwelling, and transportation and possession of narcotics.

A 17-year-old juvenile passenger believed to be the shooter was also booked into the Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall for the same shooting and firearms violations.

Meanwhile, in another incident, Riverbank police officers took four suspects into custody following an attempted robbery of the Chevron gas station at Oakdale and Patterson roads about 5 a.m. on Sunday, June 13.

Of the two adults and two juveniles involved, three persons were from Riverbank and one from Oakdale, according to the police report.

There were no weapons displayed but the store clerk and a suspect got into an argument. A witness called police and identified the suspects' vehicle, which police stopped near the station.