STOCKTON — Multiple law enforcement agencies teamed up in recent days to crack down on gang and gun violence in Stockton and the surrounding county, netting five felony arrests and confiscating two handguns in the process.
Stockton police reported that two of their special units, the Gang Violence Suppression Unit and Community Response Team, worked with officers from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office and Probation Department along with agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in a collaborative enforcement mission conducting parole and probation compliance checks on at-risk gang members.
The mission occurred over two days, Friday and Saturday, and included 25 parole searches and eight probation searches. The large presence of law enforcement also provided high visibility in known violent crime areas of the city and county.
Three arrests were highlighted in a statement from Stockton police:
• On Friday, officers attempted to stop a vehicle for unspecified traffic violations on Highway 4 at Filbert Street, but the vehicle didn’t stop until it got to West Lane at Bradford Street, about two miles northwest. At that point, the driver, identified as Ricardo Ortiz, 21, abandoned the vehicle and started to flee on foot until he was caught following a short chase. Ortiz, who authorities report is a documented gang member, was arrested on suspicion of evading the police and a no-bail warrant.
• Also on Friday, a man identified at Tyrise Johns, 21, was recognized by authorities while riding as a passenger in a passing vehicle at an unreported location. The vehicle was stopped and Johns, who is on parole, was arrested without incident on suspicion of unspecified outstanding warrants.
• On Saturday, officers observed unspecified traffic violations and attempted to stop a vehicle at Iris Avenue and El Dorado Street. The vehicle continued on, leading mission personnel on a 1-mile, two-minute pursuit before the fleeing vehicle stopped at Ponce De Leon Avenue and Antonio Way. During the pursuit, officers saw a handgun being thrown out of the vehicle. The handgun was recovered. Officers arrested 40-year-old Julius Freeman, who is on parole for carjacking and reportedly a documented gang member, on suspicion of multiple weapon charges and evading a peace officer.
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