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Mistaken report of carjacking turns into real arrest of Turlock man

POSTED May 23, 2014 10:54 p.m.

An erroneous report of a carjacking and possible kidnapping did turn into an arrest of a Turlock man on allegations he brandished a gun at a grocery clerk.

Arrested for brandishing a firearm and possession of illegal prescription medications was Alexander Lombard, 21, of Turlock.

Around 7 a.m. Tuesday the Turlock Police Department received a call from a man believing he had just witnessed a carjacking in the 1000 block of East Avenue. The caller also said the male suspect appeared to have taken a woman against her will.

Just after that report came in the police department received a report of a man who had threatened an employee at Cost Less Market on W. Main Street with a gun.

The description given of the suspect was similar to the one given from the carjacking.

Multiple officers and detectives searched the area and found the suspect and the vehicle in a neighborhood off East Avenue.

The woman in the car told the officers the car belonged to her and that she had not been kidnapped. She also said she had given Lombard permission to drive it.

Officers did find a gun in the car that matched the description from the Cost Less incident. The gun turned out to be a flare gun, according to the police report.

Lombard was arrested without incident and booked into Stanislaus County Jail.

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