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Modesto Police Department News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Heather Graves, (209) 652-0514
Release Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 8:45:00 AM

A Citizen Aids in Apprehending a Burglar


Release Date: May 6, 2014 

Modesto Police Department

Media Relations Unit  

Office of the Chief of Police

600 10th Street, Modesto, CA 95354

Author: Heather Graves


Modesto, CA – An alert citizen assists officers in capturing a fleeing suspect wanted for burglary.


On May 5, 2014 at about 3:25 PM a citizen called 9-1-1 to report he was following a male who was in his neighbor’s backyard and was now riding a bicycle out of the area.  The citizen followed the suspect to the 2000 block of Scenic Drive where he was seen going into the backyard of a residence.  An officer quickly arrived in the area and saw a male standing on the front porch.  The suspect started to go along with the officer’s commands, but then got up and ran toward the river.  The officer and the citizen chased the suspect through the river and were able to apprehend him near the Dry Creek Trail.


Officers talked to the homeowner where the suspect was first seen by the witness.  The suspect did not get into the residence and it did not look as though there was anything missing from the property.  The homeowner in the 2000 block of Scenic Drive did find damage to his home where the suspect tried getting into the garage.


The officers involved in this incident commend the observant neighbors who knew that the suspect did not belong in their neighborhood and called the police.  Their familiarity with neighbors, being a good witness and the willingness to assist is why the suspect was captured.


David Luque, 27-years-old, was arrested for prowling, resisting arrest, attempted burglary, possession of burglary tools and a burglary warrant.    



If you have any information regarding criminal activity, please 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.


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