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August 17, 2012

Oakdale man arrested after long search in Modesto

An Oakdale man wanted for assault with a deadly weapon and other charges was arrested in Modesto on Thursday night following a three-hour search, authorities sai

An Oakdale man wanted for assault with a deadly weapon and other charges was arrested in Modesto on Thursday night following a three-hour search, authorities said.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department received information from Oakdale police that Alex Merrill, 20, was wanted on numerous charges and had stolen a white Toyota sedan.

According to Sgt. Anthony Bejaran of the sheriff's department, Merrill was spotted in the Toyota by deputy Wade Carr on Thursday night at 9:28 p.m. at the intersection of Hatch and Crows Landing roads.

Carr attempted to stop Merill, who failed to yield and continued south on Crows Landing as deputies gave chase, Bejaran said.

Merrill wrecked the vehicle near at Crows Landing and Grayson roads, and then fled on foot.

Deputies then searched the area. A helicopter and K9 unit were brought in. Ceres police also assisted.

About three hours later, Merrill was located by the K9 unit and was arrested for the outstanding warrant from Oakdale police.

Merrill also was wanted for a criminal street gang enhancement, vandalism and an being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, Bejaran said.

Anyone with information about this investigation can call the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office at 209-525-7114. You can also leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can also e-mail tips at http://www.modestopolice.com /CrimeStoppers, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message and be eligible for a cash reward.

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