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Police Report Arrests In Separate Incidents

Escalon Police were busy with a couple of high profile cases this past week, both of which resulted in arrests.

In the early morning hours of Thursday, March 11, Officer Zambrana spotted a vehicle driving on Miller Avenue towards Escalon Avenue. The vehicle’s registration was expired and it was displaying false tabs, so he conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver was identified as Jose Dominquez, 40, from Stockton. There were two passengers, who provided fake names, but were later identified as Jose Aguilar, 31, and Meliton Hernandez, 35, both transient.

According to police, the investigation resulted in the discovery, both in the vehicle and in the personal possession of the occupants, burglary tools commonly associated with theft of catalytic converters. Officer Zambrano also located drug paraphernalia. All three men were subsequently arrested for possession of burglary tools and conspiracy to commit a crime. After Aguilar and Hernandez were positively identified, they were also charged with providing false information to a peace officer.

All three were booked into the San Joaquin County Jail. Hernandez was being held on $145,000 bail, Aguilar was being held on $115,000 bail, and Dominguez was released from custody.

On the evening of Friday, March 12, officers were dispatched to the 2200 block of Jackson Avenue for a domestic violence incident. Upon speaking with the victim, she stated that the suspect had forcibly taken their shared minor child and locked himself in the residence. She also stated that he had threatened to kill himself, the victim, and their child.

Escalon officers made several attempts to contact the man via telephone, however, he did not answer. The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department was contacted for assistance and their SWAT Team and HNT was activated. After several hours, the suspect came out of the residence and surrendered himself without incident. Neither the suspect nor the child suffered any injuries.

The man – who police identified only as “Bobbie” in the incident report – was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail for domestic violence, criminal threats, kidnapping, and child abuse. His bail was set at $750,000.

“The Escalon Police Department wants to extend its thanks to the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department for their quick response and assistance that led to a peaceful resolution,” local officials said.