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Modesto residents review the hit TV series set in their city


Some Modesto residents are giving a thumbs down to how a hit television show depicts their city.

ABC's "American Crime" tells the story of a hate crime in Modesto.

"This doesn't make me proud to be from Modesto," resident Mekila Martin said after watching Thursday's episode. "It definitely doesn't paint the picture of the most ideal place to be living.

"But you know, it's TV, they're trying to get viewers," Martin said.

News10 gathered a few Modesto residents Thursday in the city's downtown to watch the show. Chris Murphy is a long-time resident and publisher of ModestoView magazine, which focuses on arts and entertainment.

"As a citizen, I think it's really doing something bad to our community," Murphy said. "I think they could have called it any town and accomplished their need for a show."

Three of 4 carjacking suspects arrested in Modesto


Three suspects were captured by Modesto police after a carjacking on Orangeburg Avenue Thursday morning.

In a news release, police said a truck and an SUV boxed in the victim's car in a parking lot at Orangeburg and Evergreen Avenue about 6 a.m. In the truck and SUV were two men and two women. The victim and his passenger told officers one of the men pointed a gun at them and ordered they turn over their car. The victims complied and one of the men got in the car with all three vehicles being driven away.

Vandalism of Salida home to be investigated as hate crime


Sheriff's investigators want to know the identity of a man captured on a home security camera vandalizing a Salida home Saturday night with homophobic graffiti.

Stanislaus County sheriff's Deputy Anthony Bejaran said the words "Fxxx Leave" in black writing was scrawled on the victims' Sun West Drive garage. The vehicle in the driveway and other property was also vandalized, he said.

The graffiti is being considered a possible hate crime because the victims happen to be gay.

Chris Domnick and Robert Womble have been together for four years. Within the last six months, the couple put up gay pride flags in the front porch of their Salida home.

"The neighbors here do know we're a gay couple," Domnick said. "We get along very well with a lot of the people in the neighborhood."

But not everyone seems to be okay with it.

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Scuffle leads to fatal stabbing in Modesto


A 23-year-old man was arrested and booked after he fatally stabbed a man Sunday night in Modesto, confirmed Modesto Police Department's spokesperson Heather Graves.

David Cutler, 23, was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail for murder according to Graves. Graves informed that at 2:49 p.m. police were called to investigate a stabbing on 600 Coffee Road. When officers arrived they learned the victim, 25-year-old Trevor Bolton, had been involved in an altercation and was stabbed multiple times.

Bolton had been skateboarding with a young child and an adult friend when he exchanged words with a man driving in the area. Shortly afterwards, the driver pulled into a nearby parking lot and he confronted Bolton. The two scuffled and Bolton was stabbed multiple times.

Skateboarder stabbed in Modesto


A skateboarder's condition is improving after he was stabbed Sunday afternoon, Modesto police said.

The 25-year-old victim was injured in the 600 block of Coffee Road, police tweeted. Officers learned he was stabbed during an exchange of words with the suspect. Security detained the suspect until police arrived.

The victim was transported to the hospital for surgery.

Police say they have security camera video of the stabbing.


Does ABC's 'American Crime' offer a true picture of Modesto?


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Viewers who tuned in Thursday night to watch the premiere of ABC's new drama "American Crime" were shown a slice of life in a Central Valley city.

The show tells the story of a hate crime in Modesto and how that affects victims' families, the detectives investigating the crime and the criminals involved.

But do residents think the show reflects what's really happening in Modesto?

"I do think there's crime in every town and unfortunately, there's some here in Modesto," resident Stephanie Gines said.