3 in jail, 2 others sought in Modesto robbery, attempted homicide

Three men remained in Stanislaus County jail on Sunday, facing robbery, attempted homicide and other charges after a shooting at a southeast Modesto home Friday. Two other suspects are sought, according to Modesto police.

About 6:40 p.m. Friday, a 911 call came in reporting a shooting in the 400 block of Camellia Avenue. Officers arrived at the residence to find a 26-year-old man had been shot in the back. He was conscious and treated at the scene before being taken to a nearby hospital with wounds that were not life-threatening.

Investigators learned five suspects had gone to the Camellia Way home to retrieve some property. During the exchange, some of the suspects demanded the homeowner’s property, police said in a news release Sunday. As the homeowner and victim attempted to run into the house, one of the suspects shot the victim in the back. The suspects got into a vehicle and fled.

A 25-year-old man suffered non life threatening injuries Friday when he was shot in Modesto's La Loma neighborhood (Erin Tracy/

Members of the Street Gang Unit saw a green sedan matching the description as it entered Empire. They tried to pull over the car, but four of the five occupants fled on foot as the driver sped away.

John Rodriguez, 28, and Trea Garcia, 27, both of Riverbank, were apprehended. Later in the evening, SGU officers tracked 33-year-old Justin Mann of Riverbank to a house in the 2800 block of Fitzpatrick Avenue and took him into custody. A search of the residence turned up two handguns, a sawed-off shotgun and cocaine.

The three suspects were booked into the Stanislaus County jail on suspicion of attempted murder, robbery, conspiracy and gun charges. Bail for each was set at $500,000. The driver of the suspect vehicle and the fourth occupant still are outstanding.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward. Tipsters may also text information to Crime Stoppers at 274637; type “TIP704” along with the message.

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