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Thursday, March 11, 2021


On March 10, 2021, at approximately 5:05 pm, Owen Ramos, 23 years, resident of Modesto, was arrested in connection to the May 20, 2020, robbery and homicide that occurred in the 4300 block of Cherry Blossom Lane. Ramos is the third and final suspect wanted in this investigation. Ramos was identified as the driver involved in this incident. Ramos voluntarily came to Turlock Police Department and was subsequently arrested and booked at the Stanislas County Jail for robbery and unrelated warrants.

On May 20, 2020, at approximately 1:00 am, Officers responded to the 4300 block of Cherry Blossom Lane and discovered a deceased male at the scene, later identified as Izrael Villegas, 18 years, resident of Turlock, who died from a single gunshot wound. The motive for this incident was determined to be drug related.

Back in January of this year, the investigation led to the arrest of Robert Omar Branche, 22 years, and Jose Carmona, 30 years, both of which are also residents of Modesto.

Branche is currently in custody and facing robbery and homicide charges. Both Carmona and Ramos are also in custody and will be facing robbery charges.

Turlock Police Detectives ask that anyone with information, call Detective Frank Navarro at (209) 664-7319. You can also contact the Turlock Police Department’s Tip Line at (209) 668-5550 extension 6780 or email at

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.

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This information is being released by Turlock Police Department Sergeant Michael Parmley.

Any media requests should contact:
Sergeant Michael Parmley
Office of Professional Standards
Turlock Police Department
Office phone - (209) 664-7345
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