Riverbank Police Services deputies had another busy week, making some arrests in connection with a case of drunk in public, possession of a loaded firearm, and a stolen vehicle that was recovered.
On Sunday, Aug. 2 Deputy Bavaro conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a vehicle for a violation on Terminal and Arizona Avenue. The deputy observed the driver and knew he was wanted for a prior domestic violence incident. The man was taken into custody and booked into jail without incident.
Deputies were dispatched to Village Market for the report of a woman yelling at customers on Friday, July 31 around 3:06 p.m. Police said she had already generated three calls for service prior. She continued to increase her level of intoxication throughout the day. The woman was subsequently arrested being drunk in public and transported to the Sheriff’s Detention Center.
On Thursday, July 30 deputies were dispatched to the AM/PM regarding a man later identified as Cristobal Zurita acting suspicious around the business. Deputies made contact with Zurita near his vehicle in the parking lot. He initially gave deputies a name of Pedro Maldonado which was later determined to be Zurita’s neighbor. The AM/PM employee advised he was watching Zurita acting strange around his vehicle. The employee watched Zurita take a red bag out of his vehicle and place it into a trashcan. Deputies located the red bag inside the trashcan and located a .40 caliber high point Smith and Wesson pistol and ammunition inside of the bag. A records check of the pistol revealed that it was not registered. Zurita admitted to placing the bag inside of the trashcan but said he did not know there was a gun inside of it. He was arrested and booked at county jail on multiple counts, including felony possession of a firearm by a prohibited person; with bail originally set at $85,000.
A vehicle that was reported stolen was recovered by deputies on the evening of Wednesday, July 29. Deputies conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a white Ford Ranger at the Shell Gas station parking lot for not having a license plate. The driver, identified as Zalena Herrera, was released with a verbal warning. During the stop the vehicle was not in the system as stolen. Deputy Bavaro drove away from the scene and a BOL (be on the lookout) was then broadcast by CHP regarding the white Ford Ranger as reported stolen out of Oakdale. The deputy returned to the gas station and found Herrera still sitting in the driver’s seat of the vehicle where he was taken into custody without incident and booked into jail in connection with the stolen vehicle.
Deputies were dispatched to the River Cove area on Monday, July 27 at 7:07 p.m. due to several intoxicated subjects that refused to comply with an Ontel Security Guard. Upon arrival, the security guard positively identified Enereo Sanchez as having brandished a weapon at him. Sanchez refused to stop and drove away when deputies contacted him. He failed to yield to lights and sirens for several blocks before pulling into the Shell Gas station. A felony stop was conducted and Sanchez was detained. He displayed objective signs of alcohol intoxication. The security guard signed a citizen’s arrest declaration against Sanchez for brandishing a sharp BBQ style fork at him in a threatening manner. A records check showed Sanchez to be on probation for a DUI with a suspended driver’s license. He admitted to drinking three to four beers that afternoon. Sanchez provided two breath samples of .20 BAC consecutively. He was arrested for several penal code violations.