STOCKTON- Yesterday shortly after 10am two armed men entered Doug’s Drug Store in Mariposa Road in southeast Stockton. A clerk in the store warded off the would be robbers by shooting at them. The two men then returned fire as they fled the store and sped off in a white Mercedes. City Councilmember Christina Fugazi’s five year old nephew and his grandmother were present and hit the deck to duck for cover during the shoot out.
A day later, Stockton PD is announcing that the two suspects have been arrested and released the following statement:
“On April 3, 2019, Jose Raya, 18, and Anthony Morales, 18, were arrested for the following pharmacy robberies:
March 26, 2019 – armed robbery – 900 block of N. Yosemite Street
April 3, 2019 – attempted armed robbery with shots fired – 2000 block of S. Mariposa Road
Detectives believe Raya and Morales are responsible for additional robberies within the county and neighboring counties.
Detectives also need help in locating a white 1999 4-door Mercedes E430, CA 6YPL841. This vehicle was used in some of the robberies.
The Stockton Police Department is encouraging people to call if they have information pertaining to this investigation as we are looking for additional suspects. Callers are asked to call the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377, the Investigations Unit at (209) 937-8323, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600. Callers can remain anonymous.
You may also text information from their cell phones to ‘Crimes’ (274637) and type the keyword TIPSPD and then their tip or logon to the Stockton Police Department’s Facebook page and click ‘Submit A Tip’. Tipsters may also send tips at stocktonpd.org. Tipsters can remain anonymous.
If you have any information that may lead to an arrest, call Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards up to $10,000.”
It is not known if the suspects were part of Mayor Michael Tubbs’ Cash for Criminals program called Advance Peace that pays suspected shooters a monthly cash stipend if they behave, but we’ve submitted a public information request to findout.