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Heat, Crime Wave Keep Riverbank Deputies Busy

Riverbank Police Services have made several arrests in the past week including from a follow-up investigation, warrants, driving under the influence and assault with a deadly weapon. Following are specifics of a few of those calls.

On Sunday, Aug. 16 deputies conducted a follow up on a prior felony battery case where Jerret Munoz, 39, was the suspect. They met with Munoz in front of a residence on East Orangeburg in Modesto. Munoz provided a statement and was determined to be the responsible for the felony battery. He was arrested and transported to jail without incident.

Also on Sunday, deputies observed Russell Benson, 57, in front of Village Market. They knew Benson was wanted on a felony warrant. After the warrant was confirmed, Benson was contacted and placed under arrest for the warrant. He transported to jail without incident.

Deputies responded to an incident on Friday, Aug. 14 regarding a son who was attempting to stab his father with a knife on the 3700 block of Dakota Avenue. According to police, Luis Murillo-Gutierrez was confronted by his father, after he was arcing wires in his bathroom. Murillo-Gutierrez tried to close the bathroom door. At that point, his father forced the door open to confront him. Murillo-Gutierrez then began to stab at his father with a knife, cutting him on the arm. Ultimately, the victim was able to get away from Murillo-Gutierrez after suffering only minor injuries. Deputies detained Murillo-Gutierrez shortly after the initial incident and he was later booked into the jail for assault with a deadly weapon.

While on a traffic stop on Friday, deputies observed a gold SUV fail to stop at the stop sign on First Street and Atchison Street and continue to drive erratically. Deputies checked the area and found the vehicle on First Street and Orange Avenue as the vehicle continued to speed away. Deputies stopped the vehicle and the driver was identified as Jose Baro out of Stockton and was found to be a parolee at large. Baro was arrested for reckless driving and parole violation.

On Thursday, Aug. 13 deputies observed a vehicle driving fail to stop at two different stop signs on Atchison Street. A traffic stop was conducted and the 49-year-old female driver displayed signs of being intoxicated and a field sobriety test was performed. The woman also provided a breath test and she tested over the legal limit. A records check revealed that she also had a warrant for DUI. She was taken into custody and booked into the Sheriff’s Detention Center.

Deputies observed Jeremy Guy get out from the driver's seat of a Dodge Charger, after it pulled into the Circle T Gas Station in Riverbank on Tuesday, Aug. 11. The Charger was registered to Guy. Deputies had prior knowledge Guy was on searchable probation. They conducted a subject stop on Guy and detained him. A loaded Glock 9mm magazine was located in Guy's pocket. A loaded Glock 9mm handgun was located on the front driver's side floorboard of the vehicle, where Guy was seen sitting. A records check of the firearm showed it to be reported stolen out of Modesto earlier this year. Guy admitted to possessing the gun for over a week and driving around with it, after a friend gave it to him. Guy is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition. He was placed under arrest for multiple counts and booked at the Sheriff’s detention center.

Also on Tuesday deputies conducted a follow up investigation regarding a theft from Home Depot that occurred on June 28. Through investigation an interview was scheduled with the suspect, George Dunajski, who admitted to the theft and vandalism. Dunajski was arrested for the grand theft and booked into the sheriff’s detention center.

Monday, Nicole Beck was contacted as a passenger during a traffic stop on the 3700 block of Kansas Avenue. A records check found her to be on searchable probation. During a probation compliance search she was found to be in possession of a digital scale, multiple empty Ziploc baggies, and an ounce of methamphetamine. Beck admitted she was selling the methamphetamine using the digital scale and baggies. She was arrested, transported, and booked into the Sheriff’s Detention Center for possession of methamphetamine for sale.