Press ReleaseThursday, May 5, 2022
Press Release: Gang Related Assault in Turlock leads to Multi-Jurisdictional Operation with Five Arrests
On Sunday, May 1, 2022, at approximately 2:07 a.m., Turlock Police Officers responded to a report of an assault in the 400 block of East Main Street. Before the officers arrived on scene, Dispatch received a second call from a Turlock resident reporting he, too, had been assaulted by the same group of individuals. Evidence later confirmed it was an unprovoked attack that left the adult male victim with serious bodily injuries to his face and torso.
Officers responded to the residence and checked the area but were not able to locate anyone from the group. Officers continued their investigation and learned the group that assaulted the resident was associated with a criminal street gang, however, the victim was not. The investigation also revealed this crime was committed to further the gang.
On Monday, May 2, 2022, Investigators with the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) and Turlock Detectives partnered together on this case. Through hours of investigation, they were able to identify the responsible parties and obtain warrants for their arrest.
This morning, with the help of multiple local law enforcement agencies, these warrants were served by SWAT teams at three Turlock homes and one home in the city of Modesto. Five subjects arrested were identified as Jose Aguilar, 29-years old, Turlock resident, Vincente Ruiz, 41-years old, Modesto resident, Arthur Peralta, 30-years old, Turlock resident, Angelica Lopez, 33-years old, Turlock resident and Adrian Peralta, 25- years old, Turlock resident. Adrian Peralta was not believed to have been involved in the attack and his charges were as a result of evidence located during the search of his residence.
Angelica Lopez Arthur Peralta Vincente Ruiz Jose Lopez Adrian Peralta
The homes searched in Turlock were located in the 900 block of North Olive Avenue, 200 block of North Thor Street, 1100 block of Bethany Avenue, while the remaining home was located in the 2600 block of River Creek Circle in Modesto, within the jurisdiction of the Ceres Police Department.
All five of these individuals were arrested on multiple felony charges. The charges range from assault by force likely to produce great bodily injury, battery causing serious bodily injury, conspiracy, participation in a criminal street gang, gang member or associate committing violent felony, committing a felony while out on bail, gang member
in possession of a concealable firearm, possession of an undetectable firearm (Ghost gun), prohibited person in possession of ammunition, violation of probation and felon in possession of a firearm.
Captain Steve Rodrigues said, “The safety of our community is our number one concern. We want to thank all of our law enforcement partners who assisted in the apprehension of these violent gang members.”
Two Turlock schools were advised of this operation in advance and were briefly placed on soft lockdowns, which was out of an abundance of caution.
The Turlock Police Department asks that anyone with information about this investigation to call Investigator Jacob Young at (209) 668-6575. You can also contact the Turlock Police Department’s Tip Line at (209) 668-5550 extension 6780 or email at email@example.com.
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