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    Officer, dog against mob of 60

    Posted on Tue, Mar. 31, 2009
    Officer, dog square off against Modesto mob of 60
    By Leslie Albrecht
    lalbrecht@modbee.com

    last updated: March 31, 2009 01:04:02 AM

    A Modesto police officer had to pull his gun to keep a hostile crowd at bay early Sunday.

    The officer sustained minor injuries in the southwest Modesto incident, said police spokesman Sgt. Brian Findlen. Police are not releasing the officer's name. The officer's dog was assaulted but not seriously injured, Findlen said. Police arrested several suspects in connection with the incident. A loaded assault rifle was found later at the scene of the struggle, which unfolded about 2 a.m.

    Findlen said the officer pulled his gun only after other deterrents, including his police dog, failed to keep the crowd under control. "In a situation where you really feel that your life is in imminent danger, your options become very few," Findlen said.

    Some members of the crowd told the officer that "he was not going to leave the scene alive," according to police.

    The crowd of as many as 60 people included some known gang members, Findlen said. Police believe the group was gathered for a party in the 1700 block of Pelton Avenue. The officer happened upon the group when he was responding to another call in the area.

    The officer saw several people assaulting one man, Findlen said. As the officer tried to break up the fight, the crowd's attention shifted from the assault victim to the officer. The crowd surrounded the officer. The officer sent his dog into the crowd in an attempt to stop the group.

    The dog apprehended one suspect, who police later identified as 18-year-old Alfredo Espinoza of Modesto. As the officer tried to arrest Espinoza, the crowd pulled Espinoza away from the officer.

    According to police, some in the crowd then challenged the officer to a fight. One suspect attacked the officer, police said.

    Officer's radio broken

    The officer's two-way radio was broken during the struggle. The officer then used his gun to hold off the crowd as he tried to tell neighbors to call 911. Someone in the crowd had a police scanner, Findlen said, and told the rest of the crowd that other officers weren't responding to the scene. It was then that the officer was told he wouldn't be leaving the scene alive, according to police.

    Backup units responded after calls from other residents.

    Other officers responding to the scene stopped a vehicle and found Espinoza inside, Findlen said. The driver, 20-year-old Modesto resident Andrew Mitchell, and the passenger, 19-year-old Modesto resident Matthew Reyes, were arrested on suspicion of resisting and delaying a police officer, assaulting a police dog, and "lynching." Lynching is a law enforcement term that means forcibly removing a suspect -- in this case, Espinoza -- from police custody.

    Two police scanners were found in the vehicle.

    Two other suspects were arrested at the scene of the struggle. William Rodriguez, 29, of Modesto was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer, false imprisonment of a police officer and lynching. Junior Suarez, 19, of Modesto was arrested on suspicion of resisting and delaying a police officer and lynching.

    Officer, dog square off against Modesto mob of 60 - Local - The Modesto Bee
    Sounds like he did the right thing as far as keeping the crowd at bay. Pretty scary, I'm sure. I hope the dog is ok.
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    Yeah, on the pucker factor scale of 1 to 10 that would have been a 13. I'm really surprised no one was killed.

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    What a scary situation to find yourself in. Im glad the officer is ok and the dog seems to be too. I hope both of them can recover emotionally and physically from this.
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    One officer , one riot....... Glad the officer and his dog made it home safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    One officer , one riot....... Glad the officer and his dog made it home safe.

    That "One officer...one riot" saying is an old Texas Ranger thing...but if it had been a Ranger, he would have been loading his gun for the fourth time when backup arrived.

    Not that that is a BAD thing

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    I'm glad he is okay. that can get scary real quick. Something similar happened last year to a deputy out here. every single unit in the county was rolling to back him. Even with all of us there we were still out numbered. Lots of people went to jail that day.
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    Glad the officer and dog are safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    One officer , one riot....... Glad the officer and his dog made it home safe.
    Ditto.

    The crowd of as many as 60 people included some known gang members, Findlen said. Police believe the group was gathered for a party in the 1700 block of Pelton Avenue. The officer happened upon the group when he was responding to another call in the area.
    That area has been known for many years as gang bang central. Personally, I think they need to nuke the area and start over.


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