Officers arrested Alexander Araujo, a 24 year old male from Turlock, responsible for opening fire on a security guard in a business parking lot, then eluding officers on foot through neighborhoods.
On Thursday, June 20, 2019, at 10:22 a.m., the Turlock Police Department Dispatch Unit received a call from a security guard reporting a suspicious person with a gun that was attempting to break into a vehicle in the parking lot of the 700 block of West F Street.
While the security guard was on the phone with Dispatch, the suspect fired a weapon in the direction of the security guard and an additional victim.
Immediately, officers saturated the area, followed by detectives and Command Staff who were on duty.
The suspect fled the area and began jumping fences, going through residential properties in an attempt to elude officers. A perimeter was set, and at 10:56 a.m., Alexander Araujo was taken into custody.
Araujo was booked in the Stanislaus County Jail for attempted murder in addition to several other weapon related offenses. Additionally, Araujo had several outstanding felony and misdemeanor warrants that he was booked for.
“The response that our officers and detectives had in this incident is a great example of the high level of security that we provide to the citizens of Turlock,” said Chief Amirfar. “In this highly volatile and evolving incident, our Officers, their Sergeant, Detectives, Lieutenants and Captains responded. This was a perfect example of the utilization of all our available resources to ensure the safety of the citizens of Turlock.”
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Officer Jake Young (209) 668-1200. You can also contact the Turlock Police Department’s Tip Line at (209) 668-5550 ext. 6780 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you wish to remain anonymous.
The Turlock Police Department is an active participant in the Crime Stoppers Program. Callers can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 and may be eligible for a cash reward.
Information was provided by the Turlock Police Department.