Arrest hours after Salida home invasion

February 4, 2009 

Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies on Wednesday were looking for a man who they believe was involved in a home invasion Tuesday morning at a Salida motel.

Deputies responded to a 5 a.m. report of a robbery at the Don Pedro Motel at 4730 Salida Blvd., according to deputy Royjindar Singh, Stanislaus County sheriff's spokesman. The victims reported hearing a knock on their door, and when one of them answered, one victim was struck in the face with an unknown object.

Three suspects entered the room, rummaged through items and eventually stole one of the victims' keys before stealing their car. About 2½ hours later, a Modesto police officer spotted the vehicle on Johnson Street a few blocks northeast of Five Points. Investigators arrested its occupants, Sheri Newton, 34, and William DeHart, 38, both of Modesto.

They were booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on suspicion of possessing a stolen vehicle, home invasion, carjacking and failing to yield to peace officers. The third suspect, described only as a white male adult who is partially bald and clean-shaven, had not been found. One of the victims was treated at a hospital and released. The other victim was uninjured.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Detective Frank Soria at 525-7114. Callers also can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Tipsters can also e-mail tips at www.modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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