MAN ARRESTED IN ASSAULT: Modesto police arrested a parolee who they say sexually assaulted a woman at a laundromat Wednesday morning, then returned in the afternoon and threatened to assault her again. Police say John Garcia, 50, of Modesto went to Launderland Super Store at 328 I St. on Wednesday morning and grabbed a woman. Garcia returned at 4:30 p.m., but the woman saw him coming and ran to a back room to call 911, Modesto police Sgt. Craig Gundlach said. Garcia pounded on the door and threatened her, then grabbed some food and left. Officers found him away from the business and he was detained in connection with grabbing the woman and taking the food. He is being held at the Stanislaus County Jail on $75,000 bail, but will not be released because of the alleged parole violation.
DRUGS FOUND, PAROLEE ARRESTED: Three people were arrested Wednesday after police stopped a parolee on Pelandale Avenue, authorities reported. James Bastin, 46, was driving with a 4-month-old baby when officers stopped him, Modesto police Sgt. Craig Gundlach said. Bastin might have been under the influence of methamphetamine, he said. Officers returned with Bastin to his home on Duckart Way and found five ounces of methamphetamine, several counterfeit $20s and $4,500 in cash, Gundlach said. Bastin and a 37-year-old woman living in the home, Sarah Papineau, were arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to sell, having the fake money and conspiracy. Papineau also was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment because it was her child in Bastin's car, Gundlach said. They are being held at the Public Safety Center on $50,000 bail. Another man in the home, Jeremy Freitas, 32, was arrested because police say he had brass knuckles in his pocket and Vicodin hidden in his sock, with no prescription for the pills. He is being held at the Honor Farm on $10,000 bail.
SHOE LEADS TO ARREST: A suspect in the robbery of a Manteca Pak 'n' Save Foods had a Cinderella moment early Thursday, police said, leaving behind a single tennis shoe at the crime scene that officers said they matched to the shoe still on his foot. Just after 1 a.m., an employee at the store on South Main Street reported several subjects taking cases of beer and snack items without paying. Shortly after, four people were arrested on charges of robbery and conspiracy at a vacant residence on Wawona Street: Johnnie Roy Perez, 21, of Modesto, Salvador Moya, 19, of Ripon, and two male juveniles from Modesto, whom police did not name.
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