FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
SUSPECTS ENDANGER FOURTH OF JULY REVELLERS. VEHICLE AND FOOT PURSUITS EQUAL FELONY ARRESTS
Ripon, CA – On 07-04-13, at approximately 1 pm, Ripon officers were dispatched to 911 reports of two vehicles endangering persons at StoufferPark. The suspects were reportedly driving a red Ford van, and a maroon Honda. The suspects were reportedly driving at a high rate of speed in the park, and they were reportedly doing “Doughnuts” inside of the softball diamonds, just a few yards away from children and holiday revelers. Ripon officers immediately responded to the scene. Upon arrival, officers observed a significant amount of damage, estimated at over $3,000, had been inflicted on both of the community softball fields.
Officer Mindy Morris attempted to make contact with the driver of the Honda. The driver fled from the uniformed officer. Officer Morris pursued the suspect on foot for approximately 150 yards. The suspect attempted to hide in some shrubbery. He was taken into custody without incident.
At the same time Officer Morris was pursuing the Honda driver on foot, RPD officers observed the red Ford van leaving the scene at a high rate of speed. The driver recklessly endangered the public by driving through stop signs, and by speeding in excess of 60 mph in a residential area. Ripon Motor officer Mario Ysit attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver fled from several marked police units. The officers pursued the suspect to the dead end of East Milgeo Ave into the Barton Ranch. The driver crashed into a tree and fled the vehicle on foot. RPD officers descended on the scene and a search of the area was conducted. A local concerned citizen called the police department to report he saw the suspect in an orchard, near the site of the crash. RPD officers focused on the area, and a suspect was taken into custody without incident.
During the course of this investigation officers found a stolen license plate had been affixed to the Ford van. Officers also learned the Honda had been stolen from a victim in Modesto.
The suspect in the stolen Honda was found to be a 17 year old male, documented gang member from Federal Way, Wa.
The suspect in the Van, with the stolen license plate attached to it was found to be a 15 year old male, documented gang member from Modesto Ca.
The Ripon Police Department would like to thank the local citizens who called the department, and provided valuable information regarding this case. Department spokesperson, First Sgt. Steve Merchant said the quick response of the patrol team, combined with involved, concerned citizens assisting their police department, were the keys to solving this case.
P.I.O. – First – Sgt. Steve Merchant
Ripon Police Department
259 N. Wilma Ave.
Ripon, CA 95336