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Monday, April 22, 2024

PRESS RELEASE: Wayside Drive Homicide: Victim Identified, Suspect Arrested

Turlock, CA – On April 16, 2024 at approximately 6:58 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 700 block of Wayside Drive for a report of a shooting that had just occurred. When officers arrived on-scene, they located two (2) gunshot victims and immediately began rendering aid. One of the victims was struck multiple times in the arm and was taken to a Modesto hospital where his injuries were determined to be non-life threatening. The second victim, Amado “Dominic” Escobedo III, 19 of Ceres, was located in the roadway. Despite lifesaving measures, Dominic was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Once Turlock Police Detectives were called out to the scene and took over the investigation, they determined that the persons involved knew one another and after a brief altercation, the shooting occurred. Based on the evidence obtained and a thorough investigation, the suspect was identified as a 17-year-old male from Turlock.

On April 22, 2024, Detectives responded to the Stanislaus County Juvenile Detention Center where the suspect was in custody for an unrelated case. Detectives rebooked the 17-year-old for murder and attempted murder charges. On the same day, a search warrant was conducted in the 1200 block of Pioneer Avenue, where Detectives seized evidence related to the investigation.

Detective Blanc said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with victim’s family during this difficult time. We hope the arrest of the suspect starts to bring some sense of closure as they continue to mourn the loss of Dominic.”

The Turlock Police Department ask that anyone with information, call Detective Blanc at (209) 668-6540. 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 or (866) 602-7463 and you may be eligible for a cash reward. You can also leave an anonymous tip online at or by texting “StanCS” to 738447. The P3 app is also available for download for Apple and Android devices.

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This information is being released by Turlock Police Department Public Affairs Analyst Dominique Sanchez. Any media requests should contact: Public Affairs Analyst Dominique Sanchez Turlock Police Department Office phone – (209) 656-3148 Email –

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