Merced Police Department

  • Agency: Merced Police Department
  • Address: 611 W 22nd Street, Merced, 95340 CA
  • Chief: Russ Thomas (Chief of Police)

Merced Police Department is located at 611 W 22nd Street, Merced, 95340 CA. The Chief of Police of the department is Russ Thomas. The Merced Police Department phone number is 209-385-6905.

Merced Police Department News

Merced Police Department NEWS RELEASE February 22, 2018 Sgt. Brian Rodriguez Gang Violence Suppression Unit Office: (209) 385-4710 Dispatch: (209) 385-6905 For Immediate Release __________________________________________________________________ Incident: Gang member arrested for firearm possession. Date and Time: February 22, 2018 @ 5:21 P.M. Location: 500 block of E Main St in Merced, CA Victims: None Arrested Persons: Robert Gonzalez (38) and Cassandra Miller (32) Case Number: 18-10832 On February 22, 2018, the Merced Police Department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU) contacted gang member Robert Gonzalez and Cassandra Miller inside a suspicious vehicle in the 500 block E Main St. Officers search the car and located a loaded 38 caliber revolver under the seat. Gonzalez admitted ownership of the revolver and was arrested for felon in possession of a firearm, ammunition, and gang enhancements. Miller was arrested for a felony warrant and sales of narcotics. They were both booked at the Merced County jail for the mentioned charges. Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU) Sgt. Rodriguez at (209) 385-4710, or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-4725. The public can send information via anonymous text messages to police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the “keyword” in the text message. ***** END *****

Merced Police Department NEWS RELEASE February 16, 2018 Sgt. Brian Rodriguez Gang Violence Suppression Unit Office: (209) 385-4710 Dispatch: (209) 385-6905 For Immediate Release __________________________________________________________________ Incident: Gang members arrested for firearms possession. Date and Time: February 16, 2018 @ 10:40 P.M. Location: 12000 block of Washington St in Le Grand, CA Victims: None Arrested Persons: Heriberto Lupian (26) and Patrick Rakes (22) Case Number: 18-9698 On February 16, 2018, the Merced Police Department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU) officers developed information that gang members had firearms at a residence in the 12000 block of Washington St in Le Grand. GVSU officers responded to the residence and several gang members ran from the home. Officers chased them and apprehended gang member Heriberto Lupian with a loaded 38 caliber revolver and gang member Patrick Rakes with a 45 caliber semi-automatic handgun. Lupian and Rakes were arrested for felon in possession of a firearm, ammunition, resisting arrest and gang enhancements. They were both booked at the Merced County jail for the mentioned charges. Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU) Sgt. Rodriguez at (209) 385-4710, or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-4725. The public can send information via anonymous text messages to police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the “keyword” in the text message.

Merced Police Department NEWS RELEASE February 14, 2018 Sgt. Brian Rodriguez Gang Violence Suppression Unit Office: (209) 385-4710 Dispatch: (209) 385-6905 For Immediate Release __________________________________________________________________ Incident: Gang member arrested for possession of a firearm. Date and Time: February 14, 2018 @ 10:08 A.M. Location: 3000 block of Park Ave in Merced, CA Victims: None Arrested Persons: Benjamin Chandler Jr (21) Case Number: 18-9051 On February 14, 2018, the Merced Police Department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU) officers developed information that gang member Benjamin Chandler Jr had an assault rifle at his home in Merced. GVSU officers served a search warrant at Chandler’s residence in 3000 block of Park Ave in Merced. During the search, officers located a stolen assault rifle, a stolen handgun and ammunition inside his home. Chandler was arrested for possession stolen firearms and gang enhancements. He was booked at the Merced County jail for the mentioned charges. Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU) Sgt. Rodriguez at (209) 385-4710, or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-4725. The public can send information via anonymous text messages to police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the “keyword” in the text message.

Merced Police Department’s Newest K9 Sam to get body armor Merced Police Department’s K9 Sam will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Sam’s vest is sponsored by The Hausman Family Foundation and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Gifted by the Hausman Family Foundation”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks. K9 Sam is a 2 year old German shepherd partnered with Officer Brian Rinder, a 10 year veteran of the K9 Unit. Sam was named in honor of Officer Rinder’s mentor, retired Fresno Police Officer Sam Minstretta. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,800 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 2.4 million dollars. The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate. The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

Merced Police Department NEWS RELEASE Date: 02-09-18 Sergeant Curt Gorman Office: (209) 385-4706 Dispatch: (209) 385-6905 For Immediate Release __________________________________________________________________ Incident: Child Molest/Arrest Date and Time: February 8, 2018 Location: North Merced Residece, City of Merced Case Number: 18-6353 Arrested: Richard Cervates 36 of Merced Ca . On the night of 1-27-18, A 15 year old confidential victim (CV) went to Cervantes residence at a north Merced residence in the City of Merced and was offered alcohol by Cervantes who had also been drinking. The confidential victim later reported that as she was sleeping that Cervantes had assaulted her by touching her underneath her clothing. The confidential victim accused Cervantes of attempting to touch her breast once and actually touching her breast on two separate occasions while she was at his residence. Cervantes admitted during questioning to providing alcohol to the confidential victim, massaging the feet of the CV and wrestling over a place to sit on the couch with her. After interviewing several witnesses and gathering evidence, investigators arrested Cervantes for several violations and booked him into the Merced County Jail. Anyone with information is asked to contact Merced Police Detective Kalvin Haygood at 209-385-69987739 or 209-385-6905. Tips are confidential and callers may remain anonymous.

MERCED POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, February 2, 2018 CONTACT: Sergeant Dan Dabney, dabneyd@cityofmerced.org, 209-564-2163 Don’t Fumble: Tackle Impaired Driving Before the Clock Starts Kickoff on America’s favorite past time is just about ready to start. For many football fans, when it’s time for Super Bowl LII, everyone’s a fan…and Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk. The California Office of Traffic Safety, Police, Sheriff and the CHP are huddling up for a special designated driver reminder to urge football fans across the nation not to drop the ball on this issue. Impaired driving near or above the .08 BAC limit can be deadly, and even small amounts of alcohol can impair judgement to make driving unsafe. In 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported there were 10,497 fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drunk drivers nationwide. California recorded 1,059 DUI deaths at .08 BAC or above according to the NHTSA. The Merced Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Drug-impaired driving is a problem on California roadways. Like drunk driving, drugged driving is impaired driving, which means it is dangerous and illegal. Whether the drug is legally prescribed, an illicit drug or marijuana, driving while drug impaired poses a threat to the driver, vehicle passengers, and other motorists, and driving high can lead to a DUI. The Merced Police Department encourages people to turn over their keys to a sober driver before the game begins. Impaired driving can result in serious crashes, injuries or death. Another option is the OTS DDVIP app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. The app offers enhanced features, allowing users to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Additionally, the app users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb. The Merced Police Department will be working with Sheriff and the CHP in conducting DUI Saturation Patrols during the day. This enforcement effort is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who reminds everyone to be alert and ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911’! This Super Bowl weekend, be a team player and help keep impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel. Don’t fumble! Designate your sober driver before the big game begins. And remember: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.

Sheriff McDonnell Announces Hundreds of Arrests Made and Dozens Rescued by California Law Enforcement and the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force During Operation Reclaim and Rebuild In conjunction with Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Sheriff Jim McDonnell announced details and results from the fourth annual ‘Operation Reclaim and Rebuild’ enforcement operation, conducted by the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force and more than 80 participating federal state and local law enforcement agencies, and task forces from across California. The three-day, statewide effort aimed at combatting human trafficking took place between Thursday, January 25, and Saturday, January 27, 2018, and was conducted in various mediums and met with positive results. The press conference was held Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at the iconic Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles. Sheriff McDonnell was joined by District Attorney Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office; Assistant Chief Beatrice Girmala, Los Angeles Police Department; CEO Kay Buck, the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking; and representatives from several participating federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, and public and private service providers. Operation Reclaim and Rebuild focused on rescuing victims of sexual slavery and human trafficking, providing victims with much-needed services, identifying and arresting their captors, seeking successful prosecutions, and disrupting the demand for vulnerable victims by targeting their customers. Police agencies and other trafficking task forces throughout our state joined in the enforcement operation to send the clear message that California law enforcement shares a unified mandate: Human trafficking must not be tolerated in our state! In preparation for the event, an operational planning meeting took place in Los Angeles, with over 120 federal, state and municipal law enforcement detectives from all over California in attendance. Investigators focused enforcement operations wherever the trafficking of human beings took place, from confronting the reality of sidewalk prostitution by conducting demand operations, to challenging the virtual reality of the cyber world where traffickers believe they can operate anonymously using the internet. The internet has furnished a vast variety of opportunities for traffickers, but with the experience of specially-trained cyber detectives who posed as vulnerable teenagers and interacted with suspects on social media, traffickers and customers who were anxious to exploit found their plans foiled. Minors encountered during enforcement efforts were cared for by personnel from various Department of Children and Family Services Agencies in each county. In Los Angeles County, the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) and Saving Innocence (SI) coordinated the emergency services response for victim care and collaborated with similar, non-governmental victim service organizations throughout the state. Operation Reclaim and Rebuild was widely successful in its endeavor with 56 adult and minor victims being recovered; 178 males arrested for the charge of Solicitation; and 30 males arrested for pimping. In total, 510 arrests were made. As Sheriff McDonnell relayed the mission, efforts and results of Operation Reclaim and Rebuild, he pointedly addressed the traffickers and johns who conduct their illegal business in Los Angeles County and the state of California with a clear message. He reminded them of the gravity of their crimes and the prosecution to accompany their actions when discovered. Next, the Sheriff directly addressed the victims. “We will work tirelessly with our partners such as the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking and Saving Innocence to meet your needs, and help you reclaim and rebuild your lives,” he said. “We, as prosecutors, must do everything in our power to protect young people from falling prey to sex traffickers,” Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said. “Working together with law enforcement, we are removing these violent predators from our community, protecting our children and making our streets safer for all of us.” “Our taskforce is, above all else, about partnership and developing survivor-centered solutions together,” said Kay Buck, CEO of the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, known as CAST. “CAST relies on our criminal justice partners to hold traffickers accountable; this gives us the space to start creating safety and trust with survivors -a critical part of healing from trauma. As a taskforce, we are investing in survivors.” The following agencies and task forces participated: Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Taskforce California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation California Highway Patrol Federal Bureau of Investigations Homeland Security Investigations LA County District Attorney's Office LA County Probation Department LA County Sheriff's Department Los Angeles Police Department Los Angeles School Police Department United States Attorney's Office Long Beach Human Trafficking Taskforce Long Beach Police Department Homeland Security Investigations Orange County Human Trafficking Taskforce Anaheim Police Department California Highway Patrol Costa Mesa Police Department Homeland Security Investigations Irvine Police Department Newport Police Department Orange County District Attorney's Office Orange County Sheriff's Department Santa Ana Police Department Placer County SIU Taskforce Alcohol Beverage Control Auburn Police Department California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation California Department of Justice California National Guard Lincoln Police Department Placer County Probation Placer County Sheriff's Department Rocklin Police Department Roseville Police Department Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce Federal Bureau of Investigations Homeland Security Investigations Riverside County District Attorney's Office Riverside County Sheriff's Department US Department of State Diplomatic Security Service Santa Barbara Human Trafficking Taskforce Lompoc Police Department Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department Santa Barbara Police Department Santa Maria Police Department San Bernardino County Trafficking Taskforce San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department San Bernardino District Attorney's Office San Diego Human Trafficking Taskforce California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation California Department of Justice - Attorney General's Office California Highway Patrol Chula Vista Police Department Coronado Police Department Escondido Police Department Federal Bureau of Investigations Homeland Security Investigations Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Enforcement and Removal Operations Internal Revenue Services La Mesa Police Department National City Police Department Oceanside Police Department San Diego City Attorney's Office San Diego County District Attorney's Office San Diego County Probation Department San Diego County Sheriff's Department San Diego Police Department United States Attorney's Office - Southern District of California United States Customs and Border Protection United States Marshals Service Tulare County Human Trafficking Taskforce Tulare County Sheriff's Department Tulare County District Attorney's Office Visalia Police Department Dinuba Police Department Tulare Police Department Porterville Police Department Ventura County Coalition Against Human Trafficking Oxnard Police Department Ventura County District Attorney's Office Ventura County Sheriff's Department Ventura Police Department Agencies Alameda County Sheriff's Department Citrus Heights Police Department Delano Police Department Hemet Police Department Huntington Beach Police Department Inglewood Police Department Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Marin Sheriff's Office Marina Police Department Merced Police Department Milpitas Police Department Novato Police Department Roseville Police Department ** Sacramento County Sheriff's Office Sacramento Police Department/FBI TaskForce San Jose Police Department San Rafael Police Department Santa Clara Sheriff's Office **Agency participated with task force and independently For additional information contact Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Human Trafficking Bureau Lieutenant Kent Wegener at 323-526-5156 or the Sheriff’s Information Bureau at 213-229-1850. The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department Human Trafficking Bureau houses the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, the nation’s largest co-located human trafficking task force. This task force is a collaboration of federal, state, county, and local law enforcement, social service agencies, and non-government and community-based organizations investigating. Together, they serve the needs of commercially-exploited adults and minors, victimized for the purpose of sex and labor. The Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force brings together systems and disciplines to address victims’ needs through a victim-centered, trauma-informed approach. The task force employs a regionalized strategy which crosses jurisdictional boundaries to identify and rescue victims, while aggressively pursuing traffickers and buyers. L.A. Regional Human Trafficking Task Force Partners: Federal United States Attorney’s Office Homeland Security Investigations (ICE) Federal Bureau of Investigation United States Marshals Service United States Department of Labor State California Attorney General California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (State Parole) California Employment Development Department California Highway Patrol County LA County Sheriff’s Department LA County District Attorney’s Office (DA & DA Investigator) Department of Children and Family Services LA County Probation Department LA County Department of Public Health City Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office Los Angeles Police Department Los Angeles Unified School District Police Department Pomona Police Department Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office Non-Government/Community Based Organizations Alafia Mental Health Asian Americans Advancing Justice Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking Human Trafficking Legal Network iEmpathize Journey Out Northridge Hospital Center for Assault Services San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center Saving Innocence The Guardian Group (Hotel/Motel Outreach, Education and Signage) Los Angeles County Sheriff Clergy Council Pet Prescriptions Therapy Dog Program Demand Abolition Cease Network Restoration Diversion Services Virtuous Women Inc. Zoe International The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Human Trafficking Bureau houses the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, the nation’s largest co-located human trafficking task force. This task force is a collaboration of federal, state, county and local law enforcement, social service agency and non-government and community-based organizations investigating and serving the needs of commercially exploited adults and minors victimized for the purpose of sex and labor. The Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force brings together systems and disciplines to address victims’ needs through a victim-centered, trauma- informed approach. The task force employs a regionalized strategy which crosses jurisdictional boundaries to identify and rescue victims, while aggressively pursuing traffickers and buyers. Prepared by: Lieutenant Kent Wegener Human Trafficking Bureau and Deputy Lillian Peck Sheriff’s Information Bureau 211 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 213-229-1700 Website LASD HQ: http://www.lasd.org Recruitment LASD: http://www.careers.lasd.org Follow LASD HQ via text and email: http://www.Nixle.com https://nixle.com/lasd---los-angeles-county-sheriffs-dept-information-bureau-sib/ Twitter: @LASDHQ http://twitter.com/LASDHQ Twitter: @LASDtalk https://twitter.com/LASDTalk Twitter: @LASDvideos https://twitter.com/LASDvideos Twitter: @LASDespanol https://twitter.com/LASDespanol Facebook LASD HQ: http://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesCountySheriffsDepartment Instagram LASD Photos: http://instagram.com/LASDHQ Pinterest LASD Photos: http://pinterest.com/lacountysheriff/ YouTube LASD Videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/LACountySheriff/videos?view=0 SNAP LA County: Specific Needs Disaster Voluntary Registryhttp://snap.lacounty.gov/ Alert LA County: Telephone emergency mass notification system http://www.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/alertla Text and email, register for LASD Nixle messages: To receive more detailed, up-to-date information via E-MAIL and/or TEXT directly from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), sign up for "Nixle" alerts at http://www.Nixle.com and register for "LASD – Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept Information Bureau (SIB)" AND your local LASD station area. To receive URGENT TEXT ALERTS ONLY, text your zip code to 888777. Standard text messaging rates may apply depending on your calling plan. "If You See Something, Say Something" L.A. Crime Stoppers: Partner to prevent or report crime by contacting your local Sheriff’s station. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you may call “L.A. Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 MOBILE APP” on Google play or the App Store, or use the website http://lacrimestoppers.org. Jim McDonnell, Sheriff Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Merced Police Department NEWS RELEASE January 30, 2018 Sgt. Alan Ward Disruptive Area Response Team Office: (209) 385-8840 Dispatch: (209) 385-6905 For Immediate Release __________________________________________________________________ Incident: Local operations in support of State wide Human Trafficking operation; Operation Reclaim and Rebuild. Date and Time: January 25, 26, 27, 2018 Location: Merced County Victims: Arrested Persons: Phillip Garcia (23, Merced), Jake LeBeaux (29, Merced) Case Number: On January 25th, 26th, and 27th, Officers of the Merced Police Department DART and GVSU Team conducted undercover operations in support of a State wide Law Enforcement combined operation targeting those involved in Human Trafficking and Prostitution. (Reference Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department Press Release) Merced Police Department operations conducted on January 25th and 26th included contacting online prostitution advertisements and arranging to purchase sexual acts from commercial sex workers in an attempt to determine if the workers were victims of Human Trafficking. Operations targeted advertisements where workers appeared underage or whose faces were not shown or obscured. Six sex workers arrived at agreed upon locations and were detained to determine their victim status. Officers also conducted interviews to determine if the workers were working with Pimps who control and profit from the workers activities. Each worker contacted was interviewed and provided counseling and other services in an attempt to offer support to leave the commercial sex industry. Through interviews and investigations it was determined that two suspects, Jake Lebeaux and Phillip Victor Garcia, were Pimping, Pandering, and Supervising Prostitutes that were detained during the operations. LeBeaux and Garcia were arrested and booked for the charges. The investigation into other pimps is ongoing as investigators determined the possibility of other suspects involved with pimping the sex workers contacted. The operation on January 27th focused on arresting people who engage in prostitution by purchasing sex acts through online advertisements. The Merced Police Department DART Team with the assistance of the MPD GVSU (Gang Violence Suppression Unit) and the Fresno Office of the FBI posted online advertisements on known commercial sex web sites. When contacted through the number posted online, officers negotiated to perform sex acts for money, and arrested the subjects when they arrived to engage in prostitution. Officers arrested seven men David Nason (33), Reginald Chandra (32), Juan Villanueva (37), Kellen Cheadle (27), Kenady Sims (33), Armando Valencia (37) and Carlos Molina (34) for solicitation of prostitution and all were given citations for the violations and released. Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding these cases to contact Officer Rinder at (209) 385-7773, or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-4725. The public can send information via anonymous text messages to police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the “keyword” in the text message.

A theft occurred at Costco where the suspect stole $6999.90 worth of merchandise. Attached is a picture of the suspect. Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact Merced Police Department at (209) 385-6912, or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-4725. The public can send information via anonymous text messages to police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the “keyword” in the text message.

Merced Police Department NEWS RELEASE January 20, 2018 Sgt. Joe Weiss Operations Sergeant Office: (209) 385-4754 Dispatch: (209) 385-6905 Cellular: 209-564-0578 For Immediate Release __________________________________________________________________ Incident: Domestic Violence and Kidnapping Date and Time: January 20, 2018 @ 8:30 A.M. Location: South Merced Case Number: 18-3810 On January 20, 2018 at 8:30 A.M., the Merced Police Department Dispatch Center received a 911 call from a cell phone in the area of South G Street and E. Gerard Avenue. Initially there was no response, but the dispatchers could hear an argument in the background. After approximately a one ½ minutes, a female told our dispatchers that her friend was being assaulted by her boyfriend. When officers arrived at the scene, the witness advised that Emmanuel Gomez (35 years) had broken into her home and had attacked the victim. The witness stated that the suspect had struck the victim several times and forced her and a two-year-old child into a car and fled. Because of nature of the incident, an Amber Alert was issued to assist in locating the child. Merced County Sheriff’s Deputies located Gomez and the victims parked on a canal bank in the area of Almond Avenue and Vine Avenue near the city of Winton. The child was unharmed and the confidential victim was treated for injuries at the scene. Gomez has been arrested and booked into the Merced County Jail for Inflect Corporal Injury on Spouse/Cohabitant [PC 273.5], Kidnapping [PC 207(a) & (b)], Assault with a Deadly Weapon [PC 245(a)(1)], and Burglary [PC 459]. Emmanuel Gomez (35 years) Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact Detective Russell at (209) 385-4707, or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-4725. The public can send information via anonymous text messages to police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the “keyword” in the text message. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Merced Police Department NEWS RELEASE January 18, 2018 Sgt. Brian Rodriguez Gang Violence Suppression Unit Office: (209) 385-4710 Dispatch: (209) 385-6905 For Immediate Release __________________________________________________________________ Incident: Gang members arrested for narcotics and weapons charges. Date and Time: January 18, 2018 @ 3:26 P.M. Location: 100 block of San Clemente in Merced, CA Victims: None Arrested Persons: Saan Saechao (34) and Ouseo Saelee (34) Case Number: 18-3436 On January 18, 2018, the Merced Police Department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU) officers developed information that gang member Ouseo Saelee was selling large amounts of marijuana from his home in Merced. GVSU officers and the DART Unit served a search warrant at his home in 100 block of San Clemente of in Merced where they contacted gang members Saan Saechao and Ouseo Saelee. During the search, officers located large amounts of packaged marijuana, several marijuana plants, a handgun, ammunition and cash. Saechao was arrested for sales of narcotics, felon in possession of a firearm, ammunition, conspiracy and gang enhancements. Saelee was arrested for sales of narcotics, conspiracy and gang enhancements. Both were booked at the Merced County jail for the mentioned charges. Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU) Sgt. Rodriguez at (209) 385-4710, or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-4725. The public can send information via anonymous text messages to police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the “keyword” in the text message. ***** END *****

Merced Police Department NEWS RELEASE January 17, 2018 Lieutenant Jay Struble Operations Lieutenant Office: (209) 385-4739 Dispatch: (209) 385-6905 Cellular: 209-564-2160 For Immediate Release __________________________________________________________________ Incident: Vehicle Pursuit Date and Time: January 16, 2018 @ 9:26 P.M. Location: W. Olive and “M” Street Case Number: 18-2873 Merced Police Officers Elliot and McKinnon were in the area of W. Olive Avenue and “M” Street when they spotted a stolen 2011 Honda Accord. Officers initiated a traffic enforcement stop on the vehicle in the 600 block of W. Olive Avenue. The driver, Pedro Martinez (49, Merced) failed to stop and a vehicle pursuit ensued. Martinez drove south on “M” Street to West 14th Street, to Martin Luther King Jr Way where he entered Highway 99 south bound. Martinez was driving at speeds up to 85 MPH through city streets and was not stopping at any red signal lights and/or stop signs. Once on the freeway Martinez was driving in excess of 100 MPH. Martinez exited Highway 99 at the Le Grand Rd. Martinez continued to flee at speeds exceeding 85 MPH. Martinez worked his way back to Highway 140 where he headed back towards Merced. Merced Police Officers were able to deploy spike strips on Highway 140 and Tower Road. Martinez continued to flee as the vehicle tires were deflating. Martinez made it back into the City where the vehicle became disabled in the area of West Santa Fe and “U” Street. Martinez ran from the vehicle and was apprehended after a short foot chase. Martinez was booked into the Merced County Jail for felony evading a police officer, auto theft, narcotics violations and possession of stolen property. The vehicle pursuit covered approximately 27.7 miles. Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact Officer Elliott at (209) 388-7723, or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-4725. The public can send information via anonymous text messages to police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the “keyword” in the text message.

Merced Police Department NEWS RELEASE January 12, 2018 Sgt. Brian Rodriguez Gang Violence Suppression Unit Office: (209) 385-4710 Dispatch: (209) 385-6905 For Immediate Release __________________________________________________________________ Incident: Suspect arrested for sales of narcotics and weapons charges. Date and Time: January 12, 2018 @ 4:43 P.M. Location: 1600 block of Castle St in Atwater, CA Victims: None Arrested Persons: Jose Rodriguez (39) Case Number: 18-2214 On January 12, 2018, the Merced Police Department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU) officers developed information that Jose Rodriguez was selling large amounts of marijuana and was in possession of firearms at his home. Rodriguez is a convicted felon and is prohibited from being in possession of any firearms. GVSU officers and ICE agents served a search warrant at his home in the 1600 block of Castle St in Atwater. During the search, officers located several pounds of packaged marijuana, 2 handguns, a semi-automatic rifle and ammunition. Rodriguez was arrested for sales of narcotics, felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU) Sgt. Rodriguez at (209) 385-4710, or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-4725. The public can send information via anonymous text messages to police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the “keyword” in the text message. ***** END *****

Merced Police Department NEWS RELEASE January 6, 2018 Sgt. Brian Rodriguez Gang Violence Suppression Unit Office: (209) 385-4710 Dispatch: (209) 385-6905 For Immediate Release __________________________________________________________________ Incident: Suspect arrested for sales of narcotics and weapons charges. Date and Time: January 6, 2018 @ 6:59 P.M. Location: 1600 block of Ellen Ave in Merced, CA Victims: None Arrested Persons: Andres Perez-Govea (24). Case Number: 18-1046 On January 6, 2018, the Merced Police Department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU) officers developed information that Andres Perez-Govea was selling drugs. GVSU officers located Perez-Govea inside a vehicle in the 1600 block of Ellen Ave. Officers searched his vehicle and located packaged cocaine. GVSU served a search warrant at Perez-Govea’s residence located at 2499 E Gerrard Ave in Merced. During the search, officers located a 2 handguns, an AR-15 pistol, a submachinegun, ammunition, a digital scale, over a pound of cocaine, over an ounce of methamphetamine and over $12,000 cash inside his home. Perez-Govea was arrested and booked at the Merced County Jail for sales of narcotics and weapons charges. Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU) Sgt. Rodriguez at (209) 385-4710, or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-4725. The public can send information via anonymous text messages to police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the “keyword” in the text message. ***** END *****

Merced Police Department NEWS RELEASE January 5, 2018 Sgt. Brian Rodriguez Gang Violence Suppression Unit Office: (209) 385-4710 Dispatch: (209) 385-6905 For Immediate Release __________________________________________________________________ Incident: Gang members arrested for weapons and drug charges. Date and Time: January 5, 2018 @ 4:54 P.M. Location: 600 block of Loughborough Drive in Merced, CA Victims: None Arrested Persons: Fredrick Gilchrist (24) and a 17 year old male juvenile. Case Number: 18-835 On Friday 5, 2018, the Merced Police Department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU) officers developed information that gang member Fredrick Gilchrist was selling drugs and had firearms at his residence. GVSU officers authored a search warrant and served the search warrant at Gilchrist’s residence located in the 600 block of Loughborough Drive in Merced. During the search, officers located a handgun, ammunition, a digital scale and drugs inside his home. Gilchrist was arrested and booked at the Merced County Jail for sales of narcotics and gang enhancements. A 17 year old male juvenile gang member inside the residence admitted ownership of the gun. The juvenile was arrested and booked at the Juvenile Hall for firearms charges, possession of drugs and gang enhancements. Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU) Sgt. Rodriguez at (209) 385-4710, or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-4725. The public can send information via anonymous text messages to police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the “keyword” in the text message. ***** END *****

Merced Police Department PRESS RELEASE January 3, 2018 Lieutenant Donald King Administrative Division Office: (209) 384-4188 For Immediate Release ________________________________________________________________________ Date and Time: January 3, 2018 @ 10:33 a.m. Location: 600 Block of W. Yosemite Avenue Incident: Home Invasion Suspect: Adult Male in his 30’s Case Numbers: 18-546 On January 3, 2018 shortly after 10:00 P.M. Officers received a call from a resident in the 600 Block of W. Yosemite Avenue regarding a break in. The resident further related to the dispatcher that the suspect kicked in the door to his residence. The homeowner armed himself with a shotgun. The suspect continued into the residence toward the homeowner who fired a shot in self-defense. The shot had fatal results and the suspect, a male in his 30’s was pronounced deceased. The homeowner is cooperating with investigators and states he did not know the suspect. Investigators will continue to follow up on leads to determine a motive for the break in. The homeowner was not injured during the break in. The identity of the suspect is not being released pending notification to the next of kin. Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this incident to contact Detective Chris Russell at (209)385-4707, or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-7826. The public can send information via anonymous text messages to police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the “keyword” in the text message. X X X X X Merced Police Department NEWS RELEASE Date: 01-05-18 Sergeant Curt Gorman Office: (209) 385-4706 Dispatch: (209) 385-6905 For Immediate Release __________________________________________________________________ Incident: Homicide Update Date and Time: January 5, 2018 Location: 611 W. 22nd Street, City of Merced Case Number: 18-00546 Suspect: Moana LogoLogo, age 33 from Merced Ca Arrested: N/A . The suspect in this case has been identified as Moana LogoLogo, 33 of Merced. At the time of the incident, LogoLogo was forcing his way into a residence in the 600 Block of W. Yosemite Ave in the City of Merced. While doing so the occupant armed himself with a firearm to protect himself from harm. LogoLogo was shot and later pronounced deceased. The case is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Merced Police Detective Joseph Perez at 209-385-6987 or 209-385-6905. Tips are confidential and callers may remain anonymous.

Merced Police Department NEWS RELEASE January 3, 2018 Sgt. Brian Rodriguez Gang Violence Suppression Unit Office: (209) 385-4710 Dispatch: (209) 385-6905 For Immediate Release __________________________________________________________________ Incident: Gang members arrested for possession of a firearm and drugs. Date and Time: January 3, 2018 @ 12:37 P.M. Location: 1200 block of W 1st St in Merced, CA Victims: None Arrested Persons: Juan Ramos (22), Eliseo Ramos (25) and Jose Lara (23) Case Number: 18-449 On Wednesday, January 3, 2018, the Merced Police Department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU) officers developed information that gang member Juan Ramos had a firearm and drugs at his residence. GVSU officers responded to his residence in the 1200 block of W 1st St in Merced where they contacted gang members Juan Ramos, Eliseo Ramos and Jose Lara. GVSU officers and Parole Agents conducted a parole search of his residence and located several large bags of methamphetamine, a digital scale, a semi-automatic rifle, ammunition and cash. All three gang members were arrested and booked at the Merced County Jail for felon in possession of a firearm, ammunition, sales of narcotics conspiracy and gang enhancements. Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU) Sgt. Rodriguez at (209) 385-4710, or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-4725. The public can send information via anonymous text messages to police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the “keyword” in the text message. ***** END *****

MERCED POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 27, 2017 CONTACT: Sergeant Dan Dabney, dabneyd@cityofmerced.org Merced Police Department DUI Officers Are Out In Force This News Years Weekend Office of Traffic Safety and Law Enforcement Remind Public That DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze While alcohol-impaired driving remains the most serious problem on our roadways, the percentage of drivers in fatal crashes with other impairing substances in their system keeps rising. Faced with more instances of DUID – Driving Under the Influence of Drugs – state and local officials are reiterating the message that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” The message takes on increased importance with the state set to begin licensing commercial nonmedical marijuana sales on January 1, 2018, under provisions of Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. This News Years weekend, the Merced Police Department is partnering with fellow Police departments, Sheriffs, and the CHP across the state to stop impaired drivers and help save lives. The holiday high-visibility DUI enforcement campaign runs throughout the weekend. “It has taken more than 35 years to convince the vast majority of the public that driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous, illegal and socially unacceptable,” said Rhonda Craft, Director of the Office of Traffic Safety. “With more dying on our roadways every day, we can’t afford to take that long when it comes to driving under the influence of prescription medications, marijuana, illicit drugs and even some over-the-counter medications.” In the ten year period of 2005-2015, the percentage of drivers in fatal crashes with an impairing drug other than alcohol in their system has risen from 26.2 percent to 42.6 percent. As far back as 2012, a roadside survey in California showed more drivers tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. In addition to marijuana, a driver could be subject to a DUI arrest if they are under the influence of prescription medications like sleep aids, tranquilizers, barbiturates, opiates and other pain killers, anti-depressants, and even over-the-counter allergy or cough medications. In the face of more drug-impaired drivers on the road, Police, Sheriff and CHP are training more officers in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) and Drug Recognition Evaluation (DRE). The advanced training augments the Standardized Field Sobriety Test to help identify what substances other than alcohol a driver may be impaired by and how seriously they are impaired. During December, the Office of Traffic Safety ran public awareness announcements concerning prescription medication DUI. Starting December 27 and running through much of January, the emphasis of the “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze” campaign switches to one that points out that no matter your age or circumstance, and no matter your reasons for consuming marijuana, you should never drive while high. OTS has posted this PSA on social media with the hopes that it can reach every Californian with the safety message that marijuana impaired driving will end in an arrest. Plan your sober ride home before the party begins this holiday weekend. Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The app has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb. Funding for DUI operations is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1’

Merced Police Department’s K9 Tank to get body armor Merced Police Department’s K9 Tank will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Tank’s vest is sponsored by an Anonymous Sponsor and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Born to love - Trained to serve - Loyal Always”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks. K9 Tank is a 2-year-old German Shepherd handled by his partner of six months, Officer Jose Cruz. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,600 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 2.1 million dollars. The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate. The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

NEWS RELEASE December 17, 2017 Lieutenant Jacob Struble Office: (209) 385-4739 Dispatch: (209) 385-6905 For Immediate Release __________________________________________________________________ Incident: Shooting at inhabited dwelling Date and Time: December15, 2017 @ 9:00 P.M Location: 11th & ”G”, Merced Case Number: 17-74064 On Friday, December 15, 2017, at approximately 9:00 PM several Merced Police Officers were out on foot patrol on W.12th Street near “G” Street. The officers heard three loud gun shots from just north of them. As the officers were walking towards the gun shots they saw a vehicle, with no headlights on, leaving the area. Officers were able to make an enforcement stop on the vehicle approximately 2 blocks away. The driver was identified as Pimentel, Jose (47, Merced) after he was arrested. Pimentel ran from the vehicle but was ultimately chased down and caught. Officers located a sawed off .270 rifle in Pimentel’s vehicle. They also located evidence in the alley indicating Pimentel fired the rifle recklessly. Pimentel was booked for several felony charges including: prohibited person in possession of firearm, prohibited person in possession of ammunition and reckless discharge of a firearm. Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this traffic collision to contact Sgt. Pintabona at (209) 388-7761, or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-4725. The public can send information via anonymous text messages to police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the “keyword” in the text message. ***** END *****

Merced Police Department NEWS RELEASE December 16, 2017 Lieutenant Jacob Struble Office: (209) 385-4739 Dispatch: (209) 385-6905 For Immediate Release __________________________________________________________________ Incident: Fatal traffic collision Date and Time: December16, 2017 @ 8:45 P.M Location: Parsons Ave @ Oregon Dr. Merced Case Number: 17-74253 On Saturday, December 16 2017, at approximately 8:45 PM. Officer Walton responded to a vehicle vs. Pedestrian collision on Parsons Ave. John Velasquez (30, Merced) was traveling north on Parsons Ave in a Toyota Highlander when he struck a 69 year old female pedestrian who was walking in the roadway. The pedestrian suffered major injuries and was transported to Mercy Hospital where she passed away from her injuries. The Pedestrians name is being withheld pending notification to her family. The collision remains under investigation and it is not known at this time if drugs and/or alcohol were a contributing factor. Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this traffic collision to contact Sgt. Dabney at (209) 388-7719, or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-4725. The public can send information via anonymous text messages to police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the “keyword” in the text message. ***** END *****

Thank You Weaver 4H The Merced Police Department would like to thank Weaver 4H for their generous donation of toys. The toys will be ditributed to families of Merced durinig the 36th Annual Kops and Fire toy drive.

MERCED POLICE DEPARTMENT 611 W 22nd St, Merced, CA, 95340 PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 14, 2017 CONTACT: Sergeant Dan Dabney, Merced Police, dabneyd@cityofmerced.org Merced Police Department Will Be Arresting Drunk Drivers This Holiday Season Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over This holiday season, the Merced Police Department will be working hard to keep drivers and passengers safe as they search for impaired drivers. From December 15, 2017 through January 1st, law enforcement agencies around the state are partnering with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in a special year-end Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization to get impaired drivers off the street and to spread the word about this dangerous crime. As part of the statewide holiday enforcement campaign period, police, sheriff and the CHP will be deploying DUI Checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols during the upcoming 18-day DUI crackdown throughout the region. “This holiday season, drivers will notice increased enforcement watching closely for anyone who is driving impaired,” said Sergeant Dan Dabney, Merced PD. Merced PD will conducting operations during this crackdown as well. Driving under the influence of alcohol can have deadly, devastating consequences. Nationally in 2016, 37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes, and 28 percent (10,497) died in crashes where a driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the limit of .08. California reported 1,059 DUI deaths at .08 or above. In recent years, California has seen an increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. The Merced PD supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana use can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI. “Two simple words can keep your holiday festivities safe – plan ahead,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “Before you head out to any celebration, plan how you are getting home safely. If you are drinking, that means knowing what sober driver or service you will be using.” Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. Funding for these operations is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. # # #

Merced Police Department PRESS RELEASE December 13, 2017 Lieutenant Donald King Administrative Division Office: (209) 384-4188 For Immediate Release ________________________________________________________________________ Date and Time: December 13, 2017 @ 10:33 a.m. Location: Highway 99 near Winton Parkway Incident: Vehicle Pursuit Suspect: Unknown Case Numbers: 17-73534 On December 13, 2017 at 10:33 a.m. Merced Police Officers attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of Buhach Road and Bellevue Road in the City of Atwater. The vehicle failed to yield when officers attempted to make an enforcement stop. The vehicle traveled on surface streets and onto northbound Highway 99. The vehicle was being driven at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control of the vehicle and left Highway 99 near Winton Parkway. The vehicle struck a tree and came to rest on the east side of highway 99 in a ditch. The driver and solo occupant was pronounced deceased at the scene. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident. Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this incident to contact Detective Sergeant Curt Gorman at (209)385-4706, or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-7826. The public can send information via anonymous text messages to police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the “keyword” in the text message. X X X X X

Merced Police Department NEWS RELEASE Date: 12-11-17 Sergeant Curt Gorman Office: (209) 385-4706 Dispatch: (209) 385-6905 For Immediate Release __________________________________________________________________ Incident: Homicide/Update Date and Time: December 11, 2017 Location: 1200 Block of Daybreak Dr. City of Merced Case Number: 17-72816 Deceased: Victim, Linda Vue, 41 of Merced, Hispanic Male Adult Suspect, Tom Vue, 47 of Merced (Deceased) On 12/09/17 at approximately 915AM, Officers responded to a residence in the 1200 Block of Daybreak Dr in the City of Merced regarding two code blues according to family members. Two victims were found dead in the master bedroom under suspicious circumstances. Detectives were called to the scene and are conducting a homicide investigation. Crime scene investigators are processing the scene for evidence. The names of the victims are being withheld until notification can be made to both families. After further investigation the victims on scene have been identified. One as Linda Vue. The male has been identified but his name is being withheld pending notification to next of kin. It was determined that both Linda Vue and the male had been shot to death in the master bedroom of the residence. The crime scene was staged to look as though this was a murder/suicide case. The evidence on scene proved that a third party had shot and killed the two victims. In recent months, Linda Vue had become estranged from her husband, Tom Vue, who has been causing problems for her. A recent court decision was made and a restraining order has been issued. Detective’s attempted to locate Tom Vue throughout the day on 12/09/17 with no success. Around 830PM on 12/09/17, a call was made to the police department with information that Tom Vue’s vehicle was parked on a street in south Merced and that someone was inside and appeared to be deceased. Officers responded and located the vehicle and found Tom Vue inside. He was pronounced deceased and his body turned over to the Coroner’s office. His vehicle was stored so that it could be processed for evidence. The exact cause of death of all three will be determined by the coroner’s office. Detective’s are still gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses in this case. Anyone with information is asked to contact Merced Police Detective Jeff Horn at 209-388-7739 or 209-385-6905. Tips are confidential and callers may remain anonymous.