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Vandalism, Road Rage Cases End With Arrests

A court date pending is pending for an Oakdale man arrested following a two-month long vandalism investigation of multiple churches.

Oakdale Police on Thursday, June 30 reported the arrest of William Joe Cupps, 39, for felony vandalism, vandalizing a place of worship, and hate crimes.

According to police, two months ago, investigators began looking into vandalism reports at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Olive Street. Cupps has also been named a person of interest in connection with at least five other vandalism cases involving St. Mary’s Church and Sierra Foothills Community Church on West F Street.

Cupps was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail following his arrest, with bail set at $150,000.

Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to contact Detective M. Falconi at (209) 847-2231.

Meanwhile, in an earlier incident unrelated incident handled by Oakdale Police, a 25-year-old man was taken into custody following a road rage incident that ended at the Motel 6 on East F Street.

Police said dispatchers got a call of a road rage incident in which a driver pulled out a gun and confronted the other driver. Officers were able to identify the suspect and find his car at the motel. Officers from OPD and the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office set up surveillance to monitor the man. When the suspect left his room and attempted to enter his vehicle, officers approached him. He initially failed to comply with commands, so the Sheriff’s Special Investigative Unit personnel deployed a distraction device. After the distraction, the man, identified as Gabriel Cole Clancy, 25, complied with officers and was taken into custody. Officers found a replica gun on the suspect. Clancy is in custody for brandishing a weapon and parole violations. He was booked at county jail on June 27 on $150,000 bail and has a court date scheduled on July 6.