RIPON — Several suspected burglars who ran from Ripon police through Caswell Memorial State Park on Monday were found on the other side of the Stanislaus River by Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies.
The pursuit of the suspects started just before 5 p.m. when Ripon police officers were dispatched to a burglary at a home in the 1000 block of Ash Avenue, said First Sgt. Steve Merchant. The suspects reportedly shattered a glass door to get inside the home.
Shortly after the burglary, on the west edge of town about a mile from the scene, Ripon Police Chief Ed Ormonde spotted the vehicle witnesses reported seeing the suspects flee in.
Ormonde followed the van out of town to Caswell park, where he was met by officer Erik Boger, Merchant said.
A traffic stop was attempted, but the suspects failed to stop and a short pursuit ensued in the park, after which, six suspects jumped out of the vehicle while it was moving.
The suspects ran into the dense riparian forest, Merchant said.
One suspect was arrested without incident after a short chase in the forest.
A search for the outstanding suspects was initiated and the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department was notified to watch for them on the other side of the Stanislaus River.
About 6 p.m., deputies found two of the suspects hiding along the river near Beacon Road.
Ripon investigators are working to determine the identity of three remaining suspects.
Eric Francisco Silva, 18, and Edgar Felix, 18, both of Riverbank, were booked at the San Joaquin County Jail on suspicion of felony charges including burglary, conspiracy, evasion and resisting arrest.
A 17-year-old male from Modesto was booked at the San Joaquin County Juvenile Hall on suspicion of the same charges.
Stolen property including electronics, ammunition and jewelry was recovered in the suspects' vehicle. Some of it was identified as being from the Ripon burglary, and additional property later was identified as being from a burglary in Manteca, Merchant said.
Anyone with information about the burglaries or the outstanding suspects is asked to call Detective Alex Burgos at 599-0254.
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