Stanislaus County sheriff's officials surrounded a Riverbank apartment for almost five hours Wednesday, only to discover a Waterford man they were looking for was not there. Sheriff's officials received information that Chad Goodwin, 29, was inside the apartment at a complex at Terminal and Virginia avenues. Goodwin is one of four suspects in a July 26 home invasion robbery in Turlock.
Sheriff's officials surrounded the home and evacuated residents from nearby apartments at about 2 p.m., said deputy Tom Letras, a sheriff's spokesman. Deputies called for Goodwin to come out, but there was no response. Goodwin is considered armed and dangerous, Letras said, so the special weapons and tactics team was called to assist.
The SWAT team launched tear gas into the apartment, but there was no response. At about 6:45 p.m., the SWAT team forced its way into the home, but Goodwin wasn't there, Letras said. "It appears we just missed him," Letras said. No injuries were reported, and residents were allowed to go back to their homes by 7 p.m. Goodwin; David Romero, 22; Payton Dodd, 21; and Henry Telles, 23, are the suspects in the home invasion robbery. Dodd and Telles have been apprehended. Letras said Goodwin and Romero still are wanted.
He said Goodwin is believed to frequent Oakdale, Waterford and Riverbank. Sheriff's officials ask anyone with information on the whereabouts of Goodwin or Romero to call Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Tipsters also can e-mail tips at www.modestopolice.com/crimestoppers or text "Tip704" plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.