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Teenager arrested for Wayside Drive homicide
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A 17-year-old boy has been arrested by the Turlock Police Department on allegations he pulled the trigger in a shooting that claimed the life of another teenager.

Just before 7 p.m. on April 16, the police department was dispatched to the 700 block of Wayside Drive for a report of a shooting that had just occurred.

The first officers to arrive found two victims at the scene and began rendering aid. One male adult victim had sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the arm and was rushed to a Modesto hospital, said Turlock Police spokeswoman Dominique Sanchez. His injuries were not considered life-threatening.

The second victim, Amado “Dominic” Escobedo III, 19 of Ceres, was located in the roadway. Despite lifesaving measures, Escobedo was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Turlock Police detectives took over the investigation and were able to determine 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,” Sanchez said.
On Monday, 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, Sanchez 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,” said Turlock Police Detective Kevin Blanc.

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.