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Monday, September 12, 2022

PRESS RELEASE: Two Additional Suspects Identified in Homicide Investigation

On Friday, September 9, 2022, Turlock Police investigated a homicide at the intersection of Lander Avenue and Bernell Avenue.  28 year-old, Modesto resident, David Gomez Mendoza, was stabbed and later died as a result of his injuries. 
Detectives assumed the investigation, and have made one arrest in connection with this homicide.  Manuel Maldonado, 29 years-old of Turlock was arrested Friday and remains in custody.  Detectives have identified the two other men involved as Alfonso Garcia, 23 years-old and David Rivera Cruz, 30 years-old, both Turlock residents.
This is an on-going investigation and police are asking for your assistance in locating Garcia and Cruz. If either man is spotted, immediately call 9.1.1.  Do not attempt to approach these men as they are both considered dangerous. 
Detective Frank Navarro said, “Detectives are relentlessly working this investigation in an effort to bring the remaining two suspects to justice.  Please help by calling if you see either of these two men.” 
The Turlock Police Department asks that anyone with information about this investigation to 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.

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Sergeant Michael Parmley
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Turlock Police Department
Office phone - (209) 664-7345
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