MERCED COUNTY, CA – Just shortly about 8:45a.m., Sheriff Deputies responded to a call for service in the area of Peach Avenue and Sultana Drive, in the rural area of Livingston. Sheriff’s Deputies received reports of a theft in progress of a “Gator Farming Vehicle.” Within moments of the service call, Senior Deputy Brian Miller arrived to the immediate area, witnessing a male subject, later identified as Ricardo Sanchez Partida DOB 08-09-1986 fleeing from the area. “Soon as he saw my Sheriff’s patrol vehicle, he began running, attempting to flee,” stated Miller. Authorities confirmed the “Gator” was in fact stolen. With the assistance of additional Sheriff’s Deputies and a local dairyman and witnesses whom saw Partida flee on foot, authorities were able to comprise a perimeter in preparation to capture Partida.
Deputy Steve Bassi and his partner K-9 Rocky performed an off leash scent track search. K-9 Rocky and Deputies spotted Partida lying down in a field hiding, attempting to conceal himself with grass hoping to escape apprehension. Partida spotted Deputies and K-9 Rocky, and ran a second time, fleeing on foot to the area of Hwy 99, near the railroad tracks in the Livingston/ Delhi area. During his attempt to flee, K-9 Rocky was able to successfully apprehend Partida. Partida attempted several times to throw K-9 Rocky off of him. After a brief struggle with K-9 Rocky, Partida was taken into custody. Partida was booked into Merced County jail, on several charges including, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Possession of Stolen Property, Resisting Arrest, and for an outstanding felony warrant issued by the Task force for Narcotics and Weapons Charges, among other charges. Partida is currently being held on a $ 71, 500.00 bail.
The stolen Gator was returned to its owner