Third man arrested in Ripon burglary case

A third man suspected of being involved in a Ripon burglary attempt in which the victim fired a pistol to scare them off was arrested on Tuesday, authorities said.

Salvador Maya, 20, of Ripon, was taken into custody without incident at his home and booked into San Joaquin County Jail on charges of assault, trespassing, creating a disturbance and a parole violation, according to Lt. Ed Ormonde of the Ripon Police Department.

Two others were arrested earlier following the Sunday night incident near West Washington Street and Key Avenue.

Police were called to the scene after a man reported that he fired shots into the ground to scare away three men. He said he heard a noise outside of his apartment, and when he went out, he said the three men made an advance on him, Ormonde said.

The men backed off but stayed in the area. Two of them, Lamberto Godina, 18, of Ripon and Jose Mendoza, 19, of Salida, were later captured by police two blocks away.

All three suspects are documented members of the Norteño street gang, Ormonde said.

Police department officials asked the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office to review the case for possible charges against the victim for discharging a firearm within city limits, under the suspicion that the victim needlessly escalated the situation.

Police are not releasing his identity because he fears for his safety.

Citing an increase in criminal activity, most of it gang-related, in the area, police urge anyone with information on the incident to report it immediately at 599-2102.