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CrimeStockton homelessness plays part in separate crimes

00:05  06 july  2019
00:05  06 july  2019 Source:   tribunecontentagency.com

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STOCKTON -- Homelessness had a role in separate Stockton crimes twice in a 16-hour span in different parts of the city Thursday and early this morning.

The first incident took place about 2:04 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Parkway and McAuliffe Road in north Stockton.

Police said a man was visiting a homeless encampment when he was contacted by the suspect. The suspect and victim began arguing, leading to the suspect shooting the victim one time in the arm with a BB gun. The victim was treated on-scene for non-life-threatening injuries. Police arrested Maurice Mathews, 33, for assault with a deadly weapon and several warrants.

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At 4:30 this morning, the scene shifted south to Washington and Garfield streets.

A 30-year-old woman was asleep in her tent when the suspect set the tent on fire. The woman woke to the smell of smoke, and as she put the fire out, the suspect grabbed her and struck her multiple times, police said. The suspect fled on foot from the location. The woman was transported by ambulance to an area hospital, where she was treated for her non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect is a 5-foot-2, 150-pound 39-year-old man, police said.

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