Photo: Sisk (l) and Travis
Originally published as a Modesto Police Department Facebook post –
“Original News Release-December 21, 2021
This afternoon at 1:22 p.m., the Modesto Police Department responded to the 600 block of Thrasher Avenue in south Modesto for reports of multiple gunshots fired in the area. Arriving officers located two gunshot victims. Both victims succumbed to their injuries at the scene.
Detectives and the Crime Scene Unit responded to the scene to continue the investigation.
At this time, we have no suspect information available. Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this shooting to contact Detective Grant at 209-342-9104 or Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.
The identities of the victims are not being released at this time. We will provide an update when we have more information.
December 22, 2021 Update: Victims Identified in Double Homicide
The victims in the shooting that occurred on Thrasher Avenue on Tuesday afternoon have been identified as 20-year-old Julian Sisk and 19-year-old Taurean Travis, both of Modesto.
Detectives are asking anyone with information in this homicide investigation to contact Detective Josh Grant at 209-342-6104 or Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636.
Three Arrested in Double Homicide
Today, December 23, 2021, investigators arrested 20-year-old Amber Gartin, 28-year-old Salvador Licea-Valencia and 24-year-old Manuel Alejandro Licea-Valencia, all of Modesto for the murder of Julian Sisk and Taurean Travis.
The circumstances surrounding the arrests are not available at this time.
We will provide updates as more details from this investigation become available.
On December 23, 2021, deputies with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department made a traffic stop on a vehicle associated with the suspects at Crowslanding Road and Colusa. At the time of the traffic stop, Amber Gartin was the driver, Salvador Licea-Valencia was the passenger and two young children were in the car. As deputies took Amber Gartin into custody, Salvador Licea-Valencia moved into the driver’s seat and fled with the two children still in the vehicle. Deputies pursued Salvador.
The pursuit continued into the City of Ceres and ended when Salvador Licea-Valencia crashed into another vehicle. The collision caused the other vehicle to collide into a third vehicle. All parties were either uninjured or had minor injuries. The children were medi-flighted to a children’s hospital out of the area out of an abundance of caution and found not to have injuries. Salvador was taken into custody at the scene of the collision.
Manuel Alejandro Licea-Valencia was contacted and detained by Corning Police in Corning, CA on December 23, 2021 after working with MPD detectives. Detectives with MPD responded to Corning and transported Manuel back to Modesto before booking him.
We’d like to thank the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, Ceres Police Department and Corning Police Department for their help in capturing the suspects in this homicide investigation.”
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