Police Log: Man faces attempted murder charges after shooting at moving car
by TP staff
Apr 25, 2014 | 20691 views | 4 4 comments | 140 140 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Tracy man surrendered to police and is under arrest, accused of shooting at a man who was driving a car on April 8.

According to a news release issued Thursday, Nicholas Mangskau, 29, argued with the driver of a car parked in a driveway on the 800 block of West Ninth Street. The argument became violent, and Mangskau is alleged to have pulled a 9 mm handgun and opened fire.

The driver pulled away from the scene and Mangskau continued to fire at the car, hitting the driver. Police said witnesses at the scene identified Mangskau as the shooter.

On April 17, the Tracy Police Department SWAT team, special enforcement team, special investigations unit and detectives served a search warrant at a home on the 1500 block of Lincoln Boulevard looking for Mangskau.

Officers did not find him there but did find narcotics and weapons, including a tear gas grenade.

During the search, police arrested Mangskau’s brother Sevren Mangskau, 32, on narcotics, weapon violations and child endangerment charges. Daniel Celestine, 24, was also arrested at the home for weapon violations and narcotics charges.

According to the news released, Nicholas Mangskau turned himself

in at the Tracy Police Department on Friday and was booked into San Joaquin County Jail.

Nicholas Mangskau is being held with out bail and was scheduled to appear in the Manteca branch of San Joaquin County Superior Court on Thursday to face charges of attempted murder, assault with a firearm, shooting at an inhabited dwelling or vehicle and gross negligence discharging a firearm.

Police would not comment about injuries to the driver of the car or his condition.

Tracy police received 1,258 calls for service from April 17 to Wednesday. The following is a sampling of those calls.


11:51 a.m.: The owner of Quick Mart, 651 W. Grant Line Road, reported that the store was robbed the night before. An employee said that two males armed with guns robbed the store at about 9:55 p.m. Tuesday evening. The employee did not call the police, closed the store and told the owner the next day.

8:29 p.m.: A worker at Valley Chiropractic, 438 W. Beverly Place, requested extra patrols after being harassed by a “Tracy Animal group” for calling Tracy police animal control to pick up abandoned wild kittens. The worker said someone called and used profanity and threw rocks through the business windows after cats were picked up.


9:55 a.m.: Tracy police received calls from at least three businesses — one near 10th Street and Central Avenue, one on the 100 block of Grant Line Road and one on the 100 block of West 11th Street — reporting a possible scam. Someone at each business reported that a person who claimed to be from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. tried to get the business owners to pay their power bills, but upon investigation, each found that the PG&E bill had already been paid on time.

10:36 a.m.: A man on the 100 block of West Grant Line Road called police to report a possible scammer claiming to be with PG&E. The man gave out no information and called PG&E to confirm that his account was in good standing.

2:40 p.m.: A car and a tow truck collided near the intersection of Tracy Boulevard and 11th Street and ended up blocking part of the roadway. Police arrived and noted that no one was hurt and the damage to the vehicles was minor.

2:43 p.m.: A woman on the 2100 block of Bettencourt Way reported that a tractor radiator worth about $1,800 was stolen from her husband’s work truck. The man called around to tractor repair businesses and learned that a couple of them had been contacted by someone trying to sell the same type of radiator.

3:11 p.m.:Police initiated a citywide search after an 86-year-old man, who reportedly has dementia, walked away from his home on the 4100 block of Middlefield Drive. The family realized the man was missing when he didn’t come to lunch, and their home security camera showed him walking away, wearing a hat and light blue clothing, at about 10 a.m. Police searched the area, looking between MacArthur Drive and Lammers Road as far north as 11th Street and as far south as the Delta Mendota Canal. Police also checked with bus lines and Altamont Commuter Express and contacted area hospitals, with no results. At 5:47 p.m., police got a call from a person on Tropaz Lane, about a block away from the man’s home, to report that the man was stuck behind a bush. Police took him home to his family.


4:23 p.m.: A 47-year-old man was arrested on the 700 block of East 11th Street for drug-related felony charges, including possessing drugs for sale and transportation of illegal drugs. He was taken to San Joaquin County Jail and was held on $123,000 bail pending a Wednesday afternoon court hearing in Manteca.

6:04 p.m.: A 57-year-old man was arrested after a woman at an undisclosed address called police and said her boyfriend had shoved her. He was taken to San Joaquin County Jail, where he was booked and released.

7:44 p.m.: Tracy police pursued a silver Honda Accord at high speed along eastbound 11th Street after an attempt to contact a person on the 100 block of West Highland Avenue. Police broke off the pursuit after passing Chrisman Road and warned the California Highway Patrol and San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department to be on the lookout for the car.

7:48 p.m.: A 26-year-old man was arrested on a warrant for a previous battery charge after a woman on the 300 block of Acacia Street reported that her neighbor was harassing her and trying to get her to date him. The man was released with a citation.

8:04 p.m.: A woman told police that her car had been stolen from the parking lot of Winco Foods, 2850 Pavilion Parkway. She said she had parked the car an hour and a half earlier and returned to find that it was gone.

11:11 p.m.: Emergency crews responded to the intersection of North Tracy Boulevard and West Eaton Avenue after a truck reportedly crashed into a power pole. Southbound Tracy Boulevard was shut down as a crew cleaned up spilled gasoline, and the truck had to be towed away. An ambulance was also called to the scene, but the police dispatch log said nothing about injuries.


12:46 a.m. A woman called saying she saw a man thrown out of a green sedan at the intersection of 11th Street and Tracy Boulevard. She said the man was bleeding and then ran off in an unknown direction near O’Reilly’s Auto Parts.

5:59 p.m. A caller said 30 adults were fighting near the Lammersville School House in Clyde Bland Park, 1753 Blandford Ln. The caller said the fight started because of an argument over two small girls. Another caller said some of the people fighting had baseball bats. Officers arrived at 6:04 p.m. and ascertained two to three families were involved in the fight. One of the witnesses said someone was stabbed but officers were not able to find a stabbing victim at that time. Police are connecting the incident to a call from the emergency room at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital at 6:58 p.m. reporting a person with a stab wound to their side who was in stable condition. There is no report of arrests in this case.

11:31 p.m. A neighbor of a house on the 800 block of Palm Circle called after hearing one gunshot from the home. Officers found a 26-year-old man inside the home with a gunshot wound to his head. The victim told officers he was shot by three people trying to rob him. The victim described the three as a white juvenile boy, an Hispanic juvenile boy and an unknown female. Officers searched the house and property and even called for a fire engine with a ladder to check a rooftop but did not find any suspects.


8:14 a.m. Several callers saw a peacock walking along Tracy Boulevard. The first caller reported that the peacock was trying to get through a chain-link fence on the west side of Tracy Boulevard near Fourth Street. Another caller four minutes later reported the bird at Tracy Boulevard and Tennis Lane, trying to get through another chain-link fence. The last report came at 8:26 a.m. and reported the bird at Tracy Boulevard and Beechnut Avenue.

10:36 a.m. A resident of the 200 block of Versailles Court reported that his male neighbor had taken a photo of the caller’s daughter as she walked out of the house. The caller said that it was an ongoing problem and that the neighbor had installed cameras facing the caller’s home in his backyard the week before. The caller said he put up a tarp between the two properties, which upset the neighbor.

12:01 p.m. A woman called saying that her ex-husband had just attacked her at her home in south Tracy. Another caller who lives across the street from the woman reported that he’d had to intervene and tackled a man off the woman. The second caller said that he was sheltering the woman and her children in his home. Officers found a man lying on the grass in front of the woman’s home. The woman had head and facial injuries and was taken to the hospital. The man was arrested on domestic violence charges.


12:19 a.m. A resident saw two teenagers trying door handles of cars parked in the 2700 block of Shofield Lane. The resident chased them away, but not before they allegedly stole a bag of coins and a GPS from the resident’s car.

5:45 a.m. A resident on the 100 block of East First Street reported that someone had stolen his car during the night.

9:17 a.m. A pet cat was allegedly attacked by a white pit bull, a Chihuahua and two other dogs on the 300 block of South Central Avenue. The dogs also went after a woman with a stroller and a man on a bicycle, according to reports. Officers cited the dogs’ owner for allowing them to get loose, having too many household pets and neglecting rabies and licensing requirements.

1:42 p.m. The owner of a van allegedly left Aamco, 2800 Auto Plaza Way, before paying for repairs, and an Aamco employee reported the van stolen. The wife of the van owner told police that she was paying the repair fee and that the employee refused to give her a receipt. She called back several minutes later and said she had her receipt.

6:09 p.m. A man reported that three neighbors had forced their way into his home and assaulted him on the 1000 block of Havebrook Drive. The man thought the neighbors were part of a Bay Area bike gang and said they threatened to kill him if he called the police. The fight reportedly started when the neighbors talked to their children about beating up the man’s son.

9:05 p.m. Two men were arrested for being under the influence after they were removed from a concert at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, 715 Central Ave. The men reportedly would not sit in their seats during the concert and were asked to leave.

April 17

6:30 a.m.: The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s bomb squad was called an apartment complex on the 1500 block of Lincoln Boulevard for a grenade marked “SW Chemical” that Tracy police found during a search. The item was rendered harmless at the police range. During the search, Tracy officers reportedly arrested a man, but no additional information was made available.

1:45 p.m.: A school official at Monte Vista Middle School, 751 W. Lowell Ave., reported that three students in the office claimed that a man on Instagram was trying to get young students to meet him at Jack in the Box. The students said he was posing as a 14-year-old, but he was really 19 years old.

2:30 p.m.: A 35-year-old woman was arrested for a parole violation on the 3000 block of West Grant Line Road.

4:02 p.m.: Police were called to help the fire department at a house fire on the 1900 block of Thicket Lane. The fire was reportedly caused by an exploding propane tank on a barbecue grill.

9:21 p.m.: A man reported being robbed at knifepoint by two black men in their 20s on the 2200 block of North Tracy Boulevard. He said the men stole money and four AR-15-style airsoft guns in a large box. The man with the knife was described as wearing a gray hoodie with jeans, and the other man was seen wearing a black shirt and dark jeans. The victim said the men left in a blue and gray Toyota Corolla.

• This column includes a sample of items as reported in the Tracy Police Department dispatcher’s daily log. Additional information is based on reports from officers and other law enforcement agencies. Charges may have been added or dropped as of press time, and all suspects are assumed innocent until proven guilty. To report information anonymously about a crime: Crime Stoppers, 831-6847.

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May 01, 2014
Ummm, we live in low income housing and we don't beat people or stab people. In fact, we are the nicest people you will ever meet. It is not fair to judge people just because it is "low income housing." I am also in the fight of sex trafficking, you should check your neighbors in your amazing housing communities because most of the time it's your perfect neighbor running a residential brothel or flying out for business buying minors for sex.
April 26, 2014
Mom must be so proud of the two brothers in shooting
April 25, 2014
"A caller said 30 adults were fighting near the Lammersville School House in Clyde Bland Park, 1753 Blandford Ln." Baseball bats, and a stabbing!! Lammersville School House, the same one recently torched. The park looks like "gang territory".

Specifically: Chesapeake Bay Apartments, 2941 West Lowell…

a dead end… 216 apartments, 150 of which are slated for low income housing, under the state tax credit program…state law of affordable housing, built 2002. Expiration of affordability is 2031.

A Missouri investment and development company:

Mbs Gp 144, Lic ℅ McCormack, Baron, Salazar, Inc.

Almost daily TP interventions required…fights, shootings, car theft and vandalism... street racers…, tail gating... putting pedestrians and kids at risk constantly.

Pretty raw deal for the neighboring home communities and anyone who has to drive on Lowell, Henley Parkway/Joe Pombo Driveway… We (all our neighbors) are just sick of the problems arising from those apartments.

How does the management screen potential tenants? Do they do criminal backgrounds? They should be required to.

April 27, 2014
I reiterate the words of the honorable Dan Bilbrey when he tried to sell that project at an open city council meeting, to an angry group of homeowners adjacent to the property, I paraphrase, "Yes, there will be section 8 housing, but also, your nurses, municipal workers, police and firefighters will reside there....."

He almost got the police part correct. They are there most of the time.

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