The Newman Police Department has arrested a third suspect in connection with the double shooting of two teenagers in downtown Newman on Sept. 5.
Luis “Jerry” Quintero, 18, of Gustine was arrested on Sept. 17 during a high risk stop, according to the police department.
“Quintero was warned that if he attempted to flee, K9 Gizmo would be deployed,” the police department said in a news release. “Quintero obeyed commands of officers and was taken in to custody without incident.”
Quintero’s arrest follows the arrest of Luis Ortiz, 19, of Gustine and Jonathan Cota, 20, of Gustine on Sept. 9.
Just before 10:30 p.m. Sept. 5, Newman Police officers on patrol at the Newman Fall Festival heard multiple shots fired and ran to investigate. In the 1100 block of Fresno Street the officers found two juveniles suffering from gunshot wounds. The two teenagers were taken by air ambulance to area hospitals for their injuries.
Investigators interviewed witnesses and gathered evidence that eventually pointed them in the direction of Ortiz, Cota and eventually Quintero.
The Newman Police Department said Ortiz had just committed an armed robbery near Main and Fresno streets moments before the shooting. The police department did not say if the robbery was of a business or an individual.
Quintero was arrested for the charges of attempted homicide, conspiracy, accessory, and willful discharge of a firearm. He remains in custody in lieu of a $100,000 bail.
Ortiz was booked into Stanislaus County Jail on charges of attempted homicide, robbery, conspiracy, assault with a deadly weapon and other weapons-related offenses. His bail was set at $1.4 million, though jail records now list it at $500,000. He remains in custody.
Cota was booked into Stanislaus County Jail and remains in custody in lieu of a $50,000 bail. he was charged with robbery and conspiracy.