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Posted Date: 3/2/2017

Modesto Police

Modesto Police Detectives are looking for information from the community. On August 19, 2016 at approximately 2 am, Mark Esparza (pictured here) was being chased in the area of Mt. Vernon and Prescott Road in Modesto, by another vehicle which shot at him causing Esparza to crash into a tree. Esparza was killed by the collision and the suspect vehicle fled the area. Detectives have identified a possible suspect vehicle but are looking for any additional witnesses who may have seen the chase and subsequent shooting.



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Derell Smith
Modesto Police are looking for this suspect. Derell Smith, 44 years old, is wanted for attempted murder, domestic violence, criminal threats, assault with a deadly weapon, hit and run and kidnapping following an incident near downtown Modesto on February 22, 2017. He may be driving a tan Chevy Suburban with Texas paper plates.



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