With help from alert residents, Ripon police arrested five suspects in the takeover robbery of a grocery store.
According to authorities, police were called to Ripona Market, 223 S. Washington St., at 7:46 a.m. Wednesday on a report of an armed robbery.
Four armed gunmen had taken over the store and robbed it, Lt. Steve Merchant said in a news release.
Ripon Police Chief Ed Ormonde spotted a group believed to be the robbers near the overcrossing on Main Street. They ran away, but Ormonde captured one of them.
Police set up a perimeter in the 300 block of Manley Road to search for the others. Several people in the area called in to report sighting one or more of them.
At one point, two people tried to break through the perimeter on foot. Several officers gave chase.
Merchant arrested a second suspect in the 300 block of Manley Road without incident. Police found a third suspect hiding in a shed on Wells Court. Officer Kenny Steele took him into custody without incident.
“Detectives with Ripon’s Special Investigations Unit developed information that led to the identity of the fourth suspect,” Merchant said. Police found the fourth suspect in the 4200 block of Eldenberry Court in Modesto and arrested him.
Investigators developed information on a fifth suspect, who was questioned at the Ripon Police Department before being taken into custody.
In all, police arrested Yousef Foadmohssen Elsumari and Christian Jeffrey Hudec, both 18, and three 17-year-old males whose names were not released because they are juveniles. All of the suspects are from Modesto.
The 18-year-olds were booked into the San Joaquin County Jail and the juveniles into the San Joaquin County Juvenile Hall on charges of armed robbery, conspiracy, kidnapping, brandishing a firearm, resisting arrest and theft of a firearm.
“The Ripon Police Department would like to thank the citizens of Ripon for their assistance with the safe capture of these suspects,” Merchant said in the release.