Los Banos police arrest shooting suspect in Modesto

cpride@losbanosenterprise.comAugust 4, 2014 

Los Banos police have arrested a man in Modesto accused of being involved in shooting at an occupied house last month.

Armando Ruiz, 23, was taken into custody at 8 a.m. July 28 outside of a doctor’s office in Modesto, police said.

Ruiz was arrested on suspicion of assault with a firearm, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, conspiracy to commit a crime and participation in a criminal street gang. Ruiz is being held at the Merced County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Detectives received information that Ruiz was involved in shooting at a residence on the 600 block of Winemaker Street in Los Banos July 2.

At the time of the shooting, officers spoke with three males, 24, 18, and 22, who stated they were inside of their garage when shots were fired into their home. The men told police they observed a light-colored, four-door vehicle leaving the area shortly after shots were fired. No one was hurt during the shooting.

Police said detectives followed several leads in the past few weeks. The information that was gathered triggered law enforcement surveillance in Modesto. Police said they are pursuing a second person who is believed to have participated in the shooting.

“The second suspect in this case remains at large. We are examining new evidence and continuing our work in an effort to identify the outstanding suspect,” Detective Sgt. Ivan Mendez said.

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 webpage at www.losbanos.org. At the bottom of the “Contact” page simply click on the “report graffiti and other crime” link or visit the Merced Area Crime Stoppers by telephone at 1-855-725-2420, or at www.mercedareacrimestoppers.org.

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