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MODESTO – A 43-year-old and a 5-year-old were taken to a Modesto area hospital Friday night after someone reported a woman and a boy were injured in an alley.

Modesto police responded to the area of Scenic Drive and Bodem Street around 10:30 p.m. and located the assault victims. Officers immediately moved them to a safe place where they received emergency medical services, according to the Modesto Police Department.

After obtaining suspect information, officers were able to locate 45-year-old Rene Franco inside a residence on Bodem Street. According to authorities, the parolee was taken into custody nearly an hour after making contact.

45-year-old Rene Franco was arrested for attempted homicide on July 12, 2019.
This is a booking photo from 2018.
Photo Courtesy: Modesto PD

Franco was arrested for attempted homicide and will be booked into the Stanislaus County Jail after treatment for injuries authorities say were self-inflicted.

This is an ongoing investigation and Modesto police are asking anyone with information to contact the department, “or call Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters may also text information to Crime Stoppers at 274637. Just type “TIP704” along with your message.”