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Ceres Police Department
Monday August 12th, 2013 :: 05:27 p.m. PDT


Incident at 1500 Block of Nadine

Ceres, CA – On August 10, 2013 at 1726 hours, a Ceres police officer initiated a bicycle stop for a vehicle code violation in the area of Nadine and Richland Avenue in Ceres. The bicyclist, 29 year old transient Primo Gratton, who has a history of evading police, failed to stop when the officer activated his patrol cars emergency lights. Mr. Gratton rode away from the officer, jumped off his bicycle, and ran into the back yard of a residence in the 1500 block of Nadine Avenue. This is the same residence that he fled through to evade Ceres officers attempting to apprehend him on June 25th of this year. The officer ordered Gratton to stop, but he continued to run and was seen entering the residence through an open, rear garage door.

Another officer asked three men with several children who were blocking the doorway who had run into the residence and a male resident, later identified as 54 year old Bruce Cox, responded with profanity indicating that no one ran into the residence. The officer asked again where he went and a small child pointed to a door, indicating someone had run through the garage door into the house.

At this time, the officers were in fresh pursuit and did not know what Primo’s intentions were for entering the house. The officer entered the house to protect the welfare of the residents and Bruce Cox followed the officer, yelling profanities. The officer found Gratton hiding in a bedroom closet and responding officers took him to the ground.

While Gratton was being taken into custody by officers, Bruce Cox attempted to enter the room and pushed an officer who tried to stop him. Bruce attempted to punch the officer and a fight ensued. They moved towards the living room area where Cox continued to fail to comply with officers’ orders. During the struggle, a male relative interfered and tried to pull Bruce away from officers.

Outside of the residence, officers were approached by family members and friends of the involved parties. A female family member arrived after Cox was taken into custody and began yelling insults and threats at the officers. She was warned about obstructing or delaying officers and the supervisor’s attempt to discuss the incident with her was met with hostility and profanity.

After being medically cleared at a local hospital, Bruce Cox was booked for 148 and 243(b) PC and Primo Gratton was booked for 148 and 3454 PC at the Stanislaus County Jail. The male relative that attempted to intervene during the arrest, who officers later learned is legally blind, claimed to have been struck in the arm during the arrest of Bruce Cox so he was evaluated by medical personnel on scene and released.

All parties claimed to not know Primo Gratton, who was found hiding in their closet.

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Ceres Police Department
2727 3rd St
Ceres, CA 95307

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Carissa Higginbotham

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Modesto, CA 95351

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