Dos Palos police make seven arrests in recent days on numerous charges

The Dos Palos Police Department said it arrested seven people in recent days on charges ranging from burglary to possession of a deadly weapon to meth possession.

Early on Friday Dos Palos police officers went to a residence in the 1400 block of Ida Street to contact a suspect in a commercial burglary. Arrested was Jennifer Bryant, who was identified as committing a burglary at the Circle K Store in Dos Palos, according to a department news release.

"When we arrived Bryant was sleeping,” Chief Barry Mann said in a news release. “Officers didn't enter the residence but she came to us. We will never understand why she would still have a meth pipe in her pocket and methamphetamine in her bra."

Bryant was booked on charges of burglary, theft with a prior theft conviction, possession of meth and possession of a meth pipe.Also arrested was Melanie Wiley, 20, who was present during the burglary and, according to the news release was a lookout for Bryant. Wiley was arrested on two local warrants.

Over the weekend, Dos Palos officers contacted Dora Nelly Zamudio, aka Alma Sosa, 36, at her residence on McCloud Court in Dos Palos. Zamudio was wanted for a violation of probation on a previous charge of burglary. After the arrest, Zamudio's bail was set at $200,000.00In addition, Loretha Patton was arrested without incident in the area of the 1200 block of Dos Palos Avenue. Patton was wanted by the Merced County District Attorney's Office for fraud charges and perjury. Patton became ill during the arrest and was released on citation, the news release said.

Dos Palos Police Officer Cliff Battles arrested Angel Santos, 35, when he was observed standing in the front yard of a residence located in the 1200 block of Norton Avenue. Santos entered the residence to evade arrest, but was taken into custody for one local warrant and two warrants from Santa Clara County. Santos was also determined to be in the presence of a person he was restrained from contacting. Santos was arrested on additional charges of a violation of a restraining order, according to the news release.

Detective Melisa Gutierrez and Officer Joe Green located two wanted subjects in the 2000 block of Walnut Avenue. Justin Ward, 26, and Richard Rollins, 22. were at the residence. Both had active local warrants. Rollins was found in possession of an illegal knife and received an additional charge of possession of a deadly weapon, the news release said.--Sun-Star staff