CERES -- Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies arrested two men after robberies at a smoke shop in Modesto and a liquor store in Ceres.
Kevin Lee Walker, 23, of Oakdale was booked Sunday night at the Stanislaus County Jail on two counts of robbery, one count of attempted murder and a parole violation. Clinton Wilson, 32, of Modesto was booked on one count of robbery, attempted murder and evading arrest, the latter count for leading authorities on a chase. He is suspected of driving the getaway vehicle.
Walker was identified as the suspect in a robbery Sunday afternoon at Wally's Houka in Modesto, Modesto police Sgt. Rick Armendariz said.
Sunday evening, Ceres police received a report from an employee at Liquor King, 3240 Mitchell Road, that a white adult male wearing a Halloween mask had robbed the store at 7:09 p.m.
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The suspect, believed to be Walker, took off on foot with the store clerk in pursuit. The man turned and fired at least one errant shot at the clerk, according to Ceres police Sgt. Dedra Borges. Later, someone reported finding a bullet hole in a vehicle parked in the area at the time.
The man then climbed into the passenger seat of a primed 1970s-era Chevrolet pickup that fled north on Faith Home Road, Borges said.
A witness followed the suspects, reporting their whereabouts to authorities via cell phone. Ceres officers provided descriptions of the vehicle and suspects to other agencies. Sheriff's deputy Barry Ballance spotted them near Empire and a brief chase ensued until the pickup broke down at Yosemite Boulevard and Fairland Avenue, east of Empire, where both men were arrested and evidence from the robberies was seized.
"It was a good arrest, with people getting involved," Sheriff's Lt. Jim Gordon said.
Walker is being held without bail. Wilson remains in custody in lieu of a $500,000 bond at the county jail.