Burglary suspect caught in Modesto after stabbing guard, police say

Officers this morning arrested a 21-year-old man suspected of burglarizing a Modesto electronics business before he stabbed a security guard’s hand with a screwdriver during a failed attempt to avoid capture, a police spokesman said.

Brandon Hobbs, of Modesto, was arrested on suspicion of robbery, burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest and violating probation, said Modesto police Sgt. Rick Applegate.

He said the security guard suffered minor injuries and was treated by medics at the scene.

The burglary occurred shortly before 7 a.m. at Willie Electric Supply at 101 South Seventh Street, just north of B Street. Officers were sent to the business to respond to a burglary alarm.

Applegate said Hobbs broke a window to enter the business and was inside stacking merchandise near an exit when he was confronted by the security guard who had been notified by the alarm company before police.

The security guard chased and cornered Hobbs in a nearby yard, holding the suspect at gunpoint. Applegate said Hobbs stabbed the guard’s hand and ran away.

Hobbs ran onto Highway 99 where a nearby police officer was waiting. Applegate said Hobbs spotted the officer and ran back into a nearby property.

The officers created a perimeter around the area. Officer Mark Ulrich and his police dog “Stryker” found Hobbs hiding.

Applegate said Hobbs tried to run again, but was apprehended by Stryker, who bit Hobbs’ arm. Hobbs was arrested and treated at a local hospital for the dog bite, before he was taken to the Stanislaus County Jail.

Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at (209) 578-2394.