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Multiple charges

Newman police said a Newman man faces multiple charges following an Oct. 6 incident in which the suspect reportedly ran a stop sign at Villa Manucha and Stuhr Road, colliding with a Newman Police Department patrol unit which was eastbound on Stuhr.

Authorities identified the suspect as Tariq Mustafaa, 19, of Newman.

Police said Mustafaa attempted to flee but was taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit. Authorities subsequently learned that the vehicle driven by the suspect, a 1995 Honda, had been reported stolen from a Leslie Avenue address.

The incident occurred at about 7 a.m.

Police said Mustafaa was booked on felony charges of vehicle theft and receiving stolen property, and misdemeanor charges of obstructing an officer, DUI and hit-and-run with property damage.

Burglary report

Newman police said a resident of the 400 block of Red Lion Way interrupted a burglary in progress Oct. 5 at about 9 p.m. Police said the resident returned home to find an individual hiding in a closet of her home. A suspect has been identified and is being sought in the case, police said.


Police said a wallet was reported stolen from a shopping cart at Nob Hill Foods on Oct. 1. Police said the wallet contained a driver’s license and several debit and credit cards, one of which was used at a local gas station prior to being canceled. After investigation which included review of video surveillance, police reported, a case is being delivered to the district attorney’s office for a review of possible charges.

Vehicle theft

A 2005 GMC Sierra was reported stolen Oct. 4 from the 600 block of Lady Slipper Lane, police said. The vehicle had not been recovered as of Tuesday morning.


The following are among additional arrests reported by Newman police from Oct. 1-7. The arrest report includes incidents in which individuals were released on citation as well as cases in which a suspect was booked.

Katrina R. Madrigal, 38, of Newman, was arrested Oct. 2 on misdemeanor charges of being the parent of a chronically truant elementary pupil and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Alonso Alvarado, 39, of Newman, was arrested Oct. 2 on a felony warrant out of Stanislaus Superior Court.

Michael C. Ellis, 36, of Newman, was arrested Oct. 4 on a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm.

Ronny P. Soares, 45, of Newman, was arrested Oct. 4 on a misdemeanor charge of driving on a license suspended for DUI.

Roberto S. Ramirez, 45, of Newman, was arrested Oct. 4 on a misdemeanor charge of driving without a license.

Vernon J. Alvis, 40, of Crows Landing, was arrested Oct. 6 on a misdemeanor charge of DUI.

Juan M. Gonzalez, 22, of Gustine, was arrested Oct. 7 on a misdemeanor charge of possession of a narcotic controlled substance and a felony bench warrant out of Stanislaus Superior Court.

Activity report

Newman police received 99 calls for service, reported 84 officer-initiated incidents, handled 28 cases, made 15 arrests, wrote eight traffic tickets, issued two parking citations and wrote five animal-related citations from Oct. 1-7, according to the department’s activity report.

Weekly arrest and incident reports are provided by the Newman and Gustine police departments. Charges may have been dropped as of press time. All suspects are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty.