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Ceres Police Department
Tuesday July 8th, 2014 :: 09:04 a.m. PDT


Two Arrested for Robbery and Attempted Murder after Stabbings

On July 3rd at 3:11 AM, Ceres Police Officers responded to Ceres Fire Station No. 4 for a 51-year-old man who had come to the fire station in need of medical attention for a stab wound to his abdomen. The victim was walking his bike on a canal bank when he was attacked by an off-leash pit bull being walked by a man and woman. While being attacked by the dog, the victim's bike and backpack that he was using to defend himself were stolen by the woman as he was attacked and stabbed by the man.

About 20 minutes later, Ceres officers encountered a second victim, a 21-year-old male with a stab wound standing in the middle of the street waving his hands for help. The victim was driving on Mitchell Road when the man, woman, and off-leash pit bull were jay-walking in the street and he was unable to avoid colliding with the dog in the roadway. The victim pulled over to check on the animal and apologize to the owners when he was attacked and stabbed in the abdomen.

Just before 4 AM, a security guard reported seeing a male, female, and dog matching their descriptions in the area of Rose Avenue and 10th Street. A perimeter was set up and 18-year-old Ceres resident Randy Salazar was taken into custody and booked at the Stanislaus County Jail for robbery and attempted murder. Krysta LaFrancis, a 19-year-old also from Ceres, was arrested at Ceres Police Department when she attempted to collect her personal property from the scene the night before. She was booked at the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center for robbery and attempted murder.

Both victims are expected to make a full recovery and the status of the dog is unknown.

Witnesses or anyone who has information about these incidents should contact Detective Derek Perry by calling: (209) 538-5730, Anonymous tips can also be reported to:

Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers
Phone number: 1-866-60-CRIME
Text Tips: “274637” TIP704 in the wording
Tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward

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Ceres Police Department
2727 3rd St
Ceres, CA 95307

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 209-538-5712

Carissa Higginbotham

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