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Police Issue End Of Year Crime Update

The cold weather is here, bringing with it a little fog and a little rain but crime does not stop no matter the weather. Riverbank Police Services are out in the community enforcing the law and keeping the public safe. These are a few of the calls that they have dealt with during December on the streets of Riverbank.

During the day, on Wednesday, Dec. 18 a deputy was dispatched to Target for a theft. A 30-yeaer-old woman was arrested for shoplifting and booked.

On Tuesday, Dec. 17 during the day shift a deputy made a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 2800 block of Topeka for a violation. The 27-year-old man was contacted and arrested for driving without a license. A search incident to the arrest also revealed cocaine in his possession. He was booked for the violations.

Also on this shift a deputy had just patrolled Jacob Myers Park when he saw a subject identified as John Skinner, 52, riding his bike in the area. The deputy knew Skinner had a warrant for his arrest and attempted to contact him. Skinner dumped his bike and fled on foot. After a short foot pursuit he was arrested. A search revealed methamphetamines in his possession. He was booked for the warrant, resisting/obstructing/delaying, and possession of methamphetamine.

In another incident, a deputy saw a woman in the police services department lobby that he knew to be wanted. The 37-year-old woman was contacted and booked for conspiracy to bring drugs into jail/prison.

On Saturday, Dec. 14 during the day shift a deputy conducted a bike stop near Country Manor and Falcon for a violation. A man identified as Joe Bernal, 49, was contacted and appeared to be under the influence. He became agitated and aggressive. The deputy then attempted to detain him and he actively resisted but was ultimately arrested. A search revealed methamphetamine and a meth pipe. He was booked for resisting/obstructing/delaying, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine.

Deputies were dispatched to a report of someone lying near the railroad tracks near the 3900 block of Sierra during the graveyard shift on Friday, Dec. 13. A 56-year-old woman was contacted and found to be under the influence and unable to care for her own safety. She was arrested for public intoxication.

During the day shift on Dec. 11 a deputy made a bike stop for a violation. During the contact a probation search was also conducted. Methamphetamine and a meth pipe were found on a subject identified as Patricia Mejia, 65. She was also determined to have six warrants for her arrest. She was booked for the meth, the pipe and warrants.

Later on the graveyard shift a deputy saw a vehicle swerving on the roadway. As part of a check, the deputy discovered that the vehicle had a rear license plate which belonged to another vehicle. The deputy attempted a traffic stop near Highway 108 and Claus Road but the driver refused to pull over. A short traffic pursuit ensued and ended near Highway 108 and Snedigar Road where the vehicle yielded and a felony car stop was conducted. The driver, identified as Donald Phillips, 62, was arrested. A subsequent search revealed contraband. He was booked for forging/altering vehicle registration, evading a peace officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and being an unlicensed driver.

Deputies were dispatched to River Cove and Burneyville regarding a subject in the middle of the street doing karate type maneuvers on Sunday, Dec. 8. The 39-year-old was contacted and suspected to be under the influence. When he was given verbal instructions by deputies he ignored them and began to run away. After a short foot pursuit and struggle he was taken into custody. He was booked for resisting/obstructing/delaying and for public intoxication.

On Tuesday, Dec. 3 Undersheriff Ghimenti, Captain Walker, Captain Rakoncza and Chief Kiely attended Sacramento Police Department’s Annual Awards Ceremony where Riverbank Police Services Deputy Bavaro received a Life Saving Award for preventing a young father from jumping off a bridge. At the time of the incident for which he was awarded, Deputy Bavaro was employed by the Sacramento Police Department. He served the community of Sacramento with dedication and distinction, qualities he has since brought with him to Riverbank Police Services.