Three arrested after gas station robbery

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 between several people in the parking lot. Three men got into a PT Cruiser and drove away.

Police followed the car to Allen Court, where the trio got out of the car and ran, police said. Officers immediately nabbed two of the men, and a K-9 tracked the third man to a home in the 1200 block of Kurt Avenue.

When officers approached the residence, they heard yelling inside, police said in a news release. A few minutes later, the rear door opened and police saw the third man, Solomon Chavez, 26, of Ceres, looking out.

Chavez responded to officers' demands and walked outside, where he was taken into custody.

Police later discovered he had forced his way into the residence, and the yelling was coming from a juvenile telling Chavez to leave.

The other two arrested were identified as Gabriel Bara, 28, of Salida and Chad Goodwin, 33, of Turlock. All three men are being held in connection with the armed robbery, officials said.

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