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Burglary suspect arrested while take a shower in the home he allegedly broke in to

Modesto police arrested a man on Monday after he was caught by security officers taking a shower in the house he allegedly broke into.

The officers responded to a home on the 300 block of El Rio Avenue after a security alarm was set off. Police said the officers found Jose Cruz, 21, fully clothed in the shower trying to wash blood from a cut he suffered breaking a window to gain access to the home.

Cruz then tried to hold the door closed, but the officers were able to get into the bathroom, wrestle Cruz to the ground and arrest him.

Police said Cruz was booked into jail on suspicion of burglary.

21 homes damaged by EF-1 tornado in Denair

One dead in Modesto hotel fire

One person died in a hotel that caught fire early Saturday morning in Modesto.

Firefighters said a call came in at 5:30 a.m. that a hotel had caught fire on south 9th Street. One unit was completely damaged. Firefighters discovered a body in that unit.

No other information has been released at this time.

Modesto police squash social media rumors about potential Enochs High School violence

Modesto police determined rumored violence at James C. Enoch High School to be false.

Parents or students with any information surrounding the rumors are encouraged to call 209-5503401.

Modesto police search for 3 robbery suspects


Modesto police need help identifying three suspects who robbed a store Tuesday night.

According to the department's spokesperson Heather Graves, the robbery happened at Sam's Corner Market on Lucern Avenue.

No description of the suspects were provided by police, but the Modesto Police Department did tweet out surveillance video of the robbery in hopes that the suspects might be recognized.

If anyone has information on the robbery contact Modest police at (209) 577-5200

Two people shot in Modesto, one transported to hospital

Two people were shot in Modesto Tuesday night. One victim was transported to the hospital with injuries believed to be critical, another person was treated with non life-threatening wounds, according to Modesto police.

Modesto police spokesperson Ivan Valencia said the shooting happened before 9 p.m. in the 300 block of Rachelle Circle. Valencia said that several people had congregated in front of a home before two shots rang out.

Two were were hit and two to three people were seen leaving the area on foot. There were no description of the suspects, according to Valencia.

This is a developing story, check back for more information.

Is Proposition 47 to blame for Modesto's high murder rate?


An unfortunate record has been set in Modesto, after another violent weekend. The city has experienced 26 homicides, that's two more than the previous high in 2012 and the year isn't over.

Law enforcement isn't just dealing with a high number of killings, law enforcement predicted something like this would happen.

About half of Modesto's killings are linked to gangs and drugs, a large number are linked to domestic problems.

A few are being linked, by police chief Galen Carroll, to Proposition 47.

"Just a quick look...three of our homicides...the suspect and victim were early releases from prison," said Carroll.