Los Banos- On September 16, 2018 at 2:19 p.m., Officer Todd Carter responded to Santa Barbara and North Santa Monica for a vandalism report. Officer Carter located a parked vehicle that had a window shot out by a BB gun.
A neighbor of the victim had a photograph of the suspect vehicle leaving the scene. A short time, later Officer Carter located the suspects vehicle parked at Stonewood Drive and Parkwood Avenue, but the vehicle was unoccupied.
The suspects eventually returned to the vehicle, and Officer Carter detained 18-year-old Jesua Ramos-Ruiz and a 17-year-old male. Officer Carter searched the suspects vehicle and located evidence linking them to the vandalism. Both subjects were arrested for felony vandalism and conspiracy to commit a crime.
The juvenile was released to the custody of his parents, and Ramos-Ruiz was booked into the Merced County Jail where he remained in custody in lieu of $5,000.00 bail. After the arrests, officers investigated an additional three vandalisms on North Santa Monica Street.
The criminal investigation is ongoing. Any additional victims in the area are encouraged to contact the Los Banos Police Department. Anyone with any information about these crimes is encouraged to contact Officer Carter at (209) 827-7070 ext. 0.
To leave an anonymous crime tip call (209) 827-7070 ext. 288. If you have access to a computer and the internet, you can also leave an anonymous tip at the Police Department’s web page at www.losbanos.org. At the bottom of the “Contact” page, simply click on the “report graffiti and other crime” link or contact the Merced Area Crime Stoppers by telephone at 1(855) 725-2420 or at http://www.mercedareacrimestoppers.org.