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SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED

Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies arrested a high-risk sex offender in Riverbank on Saturday after someone reported that the man was exposing himself in a front yard. A deputy said he found Gabriel Garcia, 32, left, of Riverbank on the 2900 block of Fern Court about 6:20 p.m. Garcia was in the bushes exposing himself, said sheriff's spokesman deputy Royjindar Singh. Garcia was arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure and for being in violation of the terms of his parole as a high-risk sex offender. He likely will return to prison, Singh said.

MAN SHOT IN CHEST

A 27-year-old man was shot Saturday night in west Modesto, police said. The shooting occurred about 10:40 p.m. after a car with three or four men pulled up next to the victim, who was walking in the 100 block of Maze Boulevard, Modesto police officer Ivan Valencia said. They were talking before one of the passengers in the car opened fire, shooting several times and striking the man in the chest, Valencia said. The victim was able to walk to the nearby Budget Meat Market on Maze Boulevard and call for help. His name is not being released because the shooting appears to be gang-related. He was in stable condition late Saturday night, and Valencia said it is likely he will survive. Police are searching for the suspects, who are described as males in their late teens or early 20s. The car is a dark-colored, four-door compact. It last was seen heading west on Maze Boulevard. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Modesto Police Department at 572-9500.

POLICE SAY MAN LIED ABOUT BEATING

Modesto police cited a man with severe injuries who said he had been beaten by two men, after they determined that he had made up the story after he stole his roommate's truck and wrecked it, police said. William Neitzel, 21, went to a Modesto hospital early Sunday with a broken hand and eye injuries; he also needed surgery to his mouth because his braces had gone through his upper lip, police Lt. Jolene Gonzales said. Neitzel told officer Mario Gonzales that two men had beaten him when he confronted them about what they were doing near his roommate's truck. Officer Gonzales looked for the men, but soon determined that Neitzel had stolen the truck and driven it into a Modesto Irrigation District pole, shearing off the pole. Neitzel was cited on suspicion of stealing a car, hit and run and making a false police report. He would have been taken to jail, but his injuries were too severe, Lt. Gonzales said.

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