6 Burglary Suspects Jump out of Van, Lead Police on Chase

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Photo of the van after it was impounded by Ripon Police.

RIPON—

Police say that six people led them on a wild chase through Caswell State Park Monday afternoon.

The incident started just before 5 p.m., when officers were called to a home along Ash Avenue. Reportedly, burglars had smashed through a glass door and made off with some stuff.

Authorities were told to be on alert for an older white van with blue or green stripes. A short while later, Ripon’s Police Chief Ed Ormonde officer spotted to van along Mohler Road. He followed it to Caswell State Park.

Another officer showed up and the two tried to pull the van over. But, the driver didn’t and led the officers on a short chase.

The van soon stopped and six people jumped out, bolting towards Caswell State Park.

One man was caught soon after, but police called Stanislaus County Sheriff’s for help as they believed the group was going to try to make it to the Stanislaus River.

Two young men, Eric Francisco and Edgar Felix (both 18 and both from Riverbank), hiding near Bacon Road along the Stanislaus River were discovered and arrested around 6 p.m. Another 17-year-old from Modesto was also arrested.

Investigators are working to find the other suspects who ran from authorities.

Inside the van, police found electronics, ammunition and jewelry – all items that are believed to have been stolen. Some of the items are believed to be from another robbery in the Manteca area.

The three arrested now faces burglary, conspiracy, evasion and resisting arrest charges.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Alex Burgos at (209) 599-0254.

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