Hollister crime stories: Body ID’d, burglars nabbed, chase ends with tasing

Randy L. Garcia, 19, was arrested on suspicion of brandishing a

The body of the man who was found in a rural area of San Benito
County with a gunshot wound to his right leg has been identified as
45-year-old Antonio Chavez Sanchez of Mexico, according to
Undersheriff Pat Turturici.
Body ID’d as homicide investigation continues

The body of the man who was found in a rural area of San Benito County with a gunshot wound to his right leg has been identified as 45-year-old Antonio Chavez Sanchez, who was from Mexico, according to Undersheriff Pat Turturici.

The body was identified late Wednesday through fingerprints processed by the California Department of Justice.

Sanchez’ was found in a “hilly, rural area” in southern San Benito County a week ago on the side of a private road in the vicinity of the 20000 block of Coalinga Road. The victim appeared to have a compound fracture to his right femur and had lost a large amount of blood.

After an autopsy and X-ray of the body, it was discovered the victim had been shot three times. Turturici said Sanchez was shot in the femur, as previously indicated, as well as in the hip and face. One of the bullets hit an artery in the victim’s abdomen and became lodged in his spine, according to the sheriff’s office.

Authorities still are unclear about where the shooting took place.

“It could have happened out of county,” Turturici said. “We’re still conducting the investigation.”

He added that detectives were at the scene again earlier today combing for clues.

While conducting its initial on-scene investigation, deputies found two marijuana grows, one of which had been harvested and the other still intact. After conducting a criminal history check and investigating the area where the body was found, authorities believe Sanchez may have been involved with the marijuana grows, according to an additional press release from the sheriff’s office.

Police arrest man wielding fake gun at Whiskey Creek

Hollister police officers arrested a Washington man early this morning after he brandished an imitation gun at Whiskey Creek Saloon and attempted to escape through the bathroom window, according to police.

Randy L. Garcia, 19, was arrested on suspicion of brandishing a fictitious weapon and other charges. A 42-year-old Hollister man with him at the time also was arrested on suspicion of attempting to interfere with police during the arrest, according to the Hollister Police Department.

Officers were dispatched to the downtown bar around 1:15 a.m. on the report of a suspect brandishing a weapon.

Before officers arrived, Garcia on two occasions had dropped the fake handgun – which police later confirmed was a replica – from his waistband onto the Whiskey Creek bar floor. He then had been wielding it in the bar shortly before officers arrived.

Police on arrival saw the suspect matching the description and approached him, but he quickly fled to the back of the bar while holding something in his waistband, according to police. After barricading himself in the women’s bathroom and trying to escape through the window, Garcia ran from the bathroom to behind the bar and fell to the ground, according to police.

He continued to resist officers’ efforts and refused to show his hands. Police used a TASER to gain control of the man while about a dozen patrons and bar staff members were outside watching.

As officers gained control of Garcia, they arrested Jose G. Gutierrez on suspicion of interfering with their efforts.

Garcia was booked into the San Benito County Jail on suspicion of delaying and obstructing officers and brandishing a fictitious firearm.

Five suspects arrested in connection with burglary

San Benito County sheriff’s deputies, assisted by Hollister police officers, arrested five suspects in connection with a residential burglary after the victim came home to find subjects running through her residence Monday afternoon, Undersheriff Pat Turturici said.

At 12:10 p.m. Monday, two San Benito County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 100 block of Eldorado Drive on the report of an unknown suspect jumping the fence of a residence. The victim reported seeing four subjects running through her residence and leaving through the back door after being gone for a few hours, according to the sheriff’s office.

One of the deputies noticed a suspect hiding behind a dump trailer in the empty lot to the south of the residence. The deputy chased after him and caught up with the suspect, according to Turturici. The deputy noticed the suspect’s pants pockets were “bulging” with items and asked if him if he was carrying anything illegal. The 20-year-old Hollister male told the deputy there was nothing illegal in his pockets.

The deputy checked the suspect’s pockets and found an iPod, a digital camera, $24 in cash, numerous coins and a small bottle of medication, all of which the victim identified as her property.

Deputies went back into the house and found a flat-screen TV partially wrapped in a blanket and “numerous” other pieces of electronic equipment out of place. All of these goods previously were sitting in the living room.

While conducting the investigation, the other deputy observed a black sport utility vehicle turn down Eldorado Drive, quickly turn around and drive away from the scene at a high rate of speed. The deputy called in a “be on the lookout for” the black SUV. Shortly thereafter, Hollister police officers stopped the black Chevrolet Tahoe at a residence in the 700 block of Busby Court, where four other suspects were detained, Turturici said.

One of the suspects from the SUV had women’s jewelry in his possession and women’s clothing was also found in the vehicle, all of which was identified by the victim as hers.

Five suspects were arrested in connection with the burglary, including an 18-year-old Salinas male, 19-year-old and 20-year-old Hollister males and two male Hollister juveniles, ages 16 and 17. The three adult males were booked into the county jail, and the juveniles were booked into juvenile hall.

All of the suspects claimed to be Norteno gang members, and Turturici said the sheriff’s office will be working with the San Benito County District Attorney’s Office to “see if it can charge the juveniles as adults as they claim a gang.”

Police chase man, tase him in orchard

Hollister police Wednesday night arrested a 47-year-old Hollister man after a pursuit near Wright Road that ended in an orchard, where officers were forced to break a window and tase him because he was uncooperative, according to a press release from the department.

At about 11:30 p.m., an officer attempted to pull over Cesar Lopez for a traffic violation near Fifth and Line streets, according to police. He accelerated from the area and drove to the north end of Westside Boulevard, where he proceeded through several orchards and plowed fields before becoming “high-centered” and losing traction, according to the statement.

When two officers approached him, the suspect locked himself in his car and refused to come out, according to police. After police broke a side window, the suspect resisted efforts to remove him and did not comply with orders to show his hands.

Police tased Lopez and took him into custody after a brief struggle. He was transported to the San Benito County Jail and booked on suspicion of resisting arrest, parole violations, possession of paraphernalia and failure to yield, according to police.

Anyone with information regarding on any of these incidents can call the Hollister Police Department at (831) 636-4330. Persons can also report information anonymously at (800) 78-CRIME.


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