Turlock Police Arrest Three Tied to Drive-by Shooting

On July 17, 2013, Turlock Police Department Investigators, along with the Special Weapons and Tactics Team, served two search warrants related to the investigation of a drive-by shooting that occurred in the 600 block of Birchwood on June 23, 2013.

The first search warrant was served at approximately 7:20 a.m. in the 1100 block of Alamaden, in Modesto, CA. Leonardo Ortiz, 20 years old and Jose Ortiz, 22 years old, both of Patterson, CA, were arrested on charges stemming from the shooting.

The second search warrant was served at approximately 4:00 p.m. in the 600 block of Pine Creek Dr., in Patterson, CA. During the search of the Patterson home, Investigators recovered two stolen firearms, marijuana, evidence of marijuana sales and cultivation and approximately $2,000.00 in cash. An additional two pounds of marijuana were located in Leonardo Ortiz’ vehicle.

Leonardo Ortiz and Jose Ortiz were booked at the Stanislaus County Jail for discharging a firearm in a gross and negligent manner stemming from the original drive-by shooting, sales and cultivation of marijuana and possession of stolen property as a result of the search warrant.

Juan Carlos Alvarez, 32 years-old, of Turlock was arrested this morning in downtown Modesto by Turlock Police Department Investigators. He was also booked on a charge of discharging a firearm in a gross and negligent manner.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect is urged to contact Detective Tim Redd at (209) 664-7325.

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.