San Joaquin deputies make multiple arrests in the early hours of Friday


Aug. 6 – San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Officers were busy making a series of arrests early Friday morning in two separate incidents near Galt and Stockton.

At about 1:30 a.m. Friday, officers in the northern part of the county attempted to stop a vehicle that had had a stop sign near Highway 99 and Jahant Road, the Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post later in the day.

According to officers, the vehicle refused to give in and led them on a short chase before two of the three occupants tried to flee on foot.

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A passenger in the back seat, identified as Antonio Medina, 34, of Sacramento, was taken into custody without incident. Deputies conducted a file check and found that he had an pending arrest warrant.

Two other suspects fled into the undergrowth under Dry Creek Bridge just south of Galt, officers said.

After a search, agents detained Joseph Melendez (26) from Folsom.

Additional Sheriff’s Office personnel, including a drone operator, arrived at the scene, along with California Highway Patrol officers, a CHP K9 unit and a CHP helicopter. After searching the area, they found Miguel Viaduri, 41, of Stockton, and took him into custody without further incident, the Sheriff’s Office reported. He also appeared to have an outstanding warrant.

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All three suspects were placed in the San Joaquin County Jail.

At 1:50 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office received multiple calls regarding an armed robbery on the 4200 block of North West Lane in Stockton. Multiple witnesses told officers that two men had robbed them at gunpoint and fled in a white vehicle.

At about 3:30 a.m., officers on patrol saw the suspicious vehicle driving in the Waterloo Road and Auto Avenue area in Stockton.

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Two occupants of the vehicle were apprehended and positively identified by the alleged victims. The vehicle also contained property belonging to the victims, officers said.

The two suspects, Jason Hull, 20, and Bobby Riley, 23, both of Stockton, were incarcerated in the San Joaquin County Jail on suspicion of armed robbery and other firearms-related crimes.


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