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SWAT responds to call of armed intruders at hotel

POSTED April 23, 2010 11:26 p.m.

A call of armed suspects kicking in doors at a Modesto motel prompted a SWAT call out and resulted in the arrest of two parolees, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department reported.

Deputies were dispatched early Wednesday morning to the Budget Inn in the 500 block of South 9th Street, to investigate the report of several suspects, who appeared to be armed with handguns, kicking in doors of hotels rooms. The anonymous caller phoned in at 6:36 a.m. and stated she could hear the suspects outside her hotel room kicking in the doors of neighboring rooms, said Deputy Andrew Winter.

Deputies arrived on scene almost immediately and were able to detain a single subject in the area the suspects were reported to be. Deputies were not able to locate the original reporting party and, based on the information that was available, decided to search the rooms of the hotel to ensure there was no hostage type situation, Winter said.

Based on the possibility of armed, barricaded suspects, the Stanislaus

County Sheriff’s SWAT team was activated. Members of the SWAT team assisted deputies in searching the hotel rooms. South 9th Street was blocked off between Pecos Street and Hosmer Road while the search was conducted.

After a room-to-room search, investigators were unable to locate the original reporting party or any signs of firearms. Two parolees were arrested as a result of the search and are identified as Robert Burton, 24, and Jeanisa Elizabeth Johnson, 28, both of Modesto. Both are in custody for parole violation warrants.  Investigators are still trying to determine if the subjects are related to the original incident, Winter said.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Detective Frank Soria at 525-7080. Callers can also leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Tipsters can also e-mail tips at http://www.modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message. Tipsters are eligible for a cash reward.

To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail sstafford@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.

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