Police nab three in armed robbery of gas station

August 31, 2013 

— Police in Modesto arrested three men suspected of holding up a gas station after one of them tried to hide in a house, only to be told by a juvenile inside to get out.

According to police, officers passing by the Union 76 at Coffee Road and Orangeburg Avenue at 12:30 p.m. Saturday saw what looked to be a struggle with several people in the parking lot. Three suspects got into a PT Cruiser and drove away — they had robbed the gas station.

Police followed the car to Allen Court, where the suspects got out of the car and ran away. Officers immediately nabbed two suspects; a K-9 tracked him to a home in the 1200 block of Kurt Avenue. When officers approached the residence, they could hear yelling inside, police said in a news release.

A few minutes later, the rear door opened police saw the third suspect, Solomon Chavez, 26, of Ceres, looking out. Chavez responded to officers’ demand he walk outside, where they took him into custody. Police later found he had forced his way into the residence and the yelling was coming from a juvenile telling Chavez to leave.

The other two suspects arrested were identified as Gabriel Bara, 28, of Salida and Chad Goodwin, 33, of Turlock.

Investigators ask anyone with information about this robbery to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637. Type “TIP704” along with your message.

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