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 October 25, 2018 Sgt. Brian Rodriguez Gang Violence Suppression Unit Office: (209) 385-4710 Dispatch: (209) 385-6905 For Immediate Release __________________________________________________________________ Incident: Gang members arrested with firearms. Date and Time: October 25, 2018 @ 5:41 P.M. Location: 9100 block of Latham Road in Planada, CA Victims: None Arrested Persons: Salvador Estrada (38) and Jorge Estrada (34) Case Number: 18-62166 On October 25, 2018, the Merced Police Department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU) developed information that gang members living in the 9100 block of Latham Road in Planada had firearms. GVSU officers responded to Planada where they contacted gang member Salvador Estrada who threw a sock behind him. Officers searched the sock and located a loaded revolver in the sock he threw. Officers contacted gang member Jorge Estrada at the home and searched his bedroom. During the search, officers located a stolen handgun in his bedroom. Both gang members were arrested and booked at the jail for weapons charges 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 GVSU@cityofmerced.org 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 *****

The Merced Police Department would like to thank the 1st graders of Peterson Elementary School for spending time with our K9’s Sam and Tank. We know Sam and Tank enjoyed spending the afternoon with all of the kids. Although Sam and Tank stole the spotlight, we know their partners Officer Rinder and Officer Cruz had a fun time too.

Merced Police Department NEWS RELEASE October 25, 2018 Sgt. Reynaldo Alvarez Office: (209) 388-7705 Dispatch: (209) 385-6905 For Immediate Release _________________________________________ Incident: Homicide Arrest Date and Time: 09/02/17, at 7:48 A.M. Location: 100 block area of Hawk Dr., Merced, CA Victim: Female Juvenile – 17 yrs. Arrested Persons: Benjamin Herbert Goddard (34) Case Number: 2017-51905 On September 02, 2017, Merced Police Department (MPD) officers responded to the 100 block of Hawk Dr. for a body that had been found in the area. MPD officers arrived and located the body of a deceased female. The death was determined to be a homicide. With the assistance from the California Department of Justice and the Merced County Sheriffs Coroner’s Office, MPD detectives identified the deceased as a female juvenile who resided in the City of Merced. Shortly after the victim was identified, MPD detectives identified Benjamin Herbert Goddard as a person of interest in the victim’s disappearance. As the investigation continued, Goddard became the primary suspect in the victim’s death. On October 16, 2018, Goddard was charged with the victim’s death. When Goddard was charged, he was already in custody at the Merced County Jail on other charges. Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact Detective Moses Nelson at (209) 388-7756. 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. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Merced Police Department - UPDATE NEWS RELEASE October 24, 2018 @ 9:00 p.m. MISSING PERSON LOCATED Merced Police Department Detectives made a broadcast to numerous law enforcement agencies near and far about Clarice Jeanette McNamara being an at risk missing person. Fresno Police Department notified the Merced Police Department that Clarice McNamara was located in their city and that she was safe and unharmed. Merced Police Department Detectives responded to the City of Fresno to confirm the locate of McNamara and to determine if there were any suspicious circumstances surrounding the period of her being missing from the City of Merced. The investigation of this matter did not disclose anything criminal or suspicious about Clarice McNamara leaving the City of Merced to go to Fresno. When detectives asked Clarice why she was in the City of Fresno, she let the detectives know that it was none of their business to know why she was in Fresno. McNamara' family members arrived in Fresno to render their support to her. The Merced Police Department appreciates the assistance of the Fresno Police Department, all law enforcement agencies and citizens for helping us locate Mrs. McNamara with a favorable conclusion. Thank you! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Merced Police Department NEWS RELEASE October 23, 2018 Sgt. Reynaldo Alvarez Investigation Unit Office: (209) 388-7705 Dispatch: (209) 385-6905 For Immediate Release _______________________________________ Incident: At risk missing person Date and Time: October 23, 2018 @ 645 P.M. Location: Highway 99 and SB SR99 Missing: Clarice Jeanette McNamara Arrested Persons: None Case Number: 18-61791 On 10/23/18, family reported Clarice Jeanette McNamara, an 84 year old white female, as missing. She is reported to have health problems and was last seen driving a white Mercedes Benz GLK Ca license plate number of 8APK240. She was seen entering State Route 99 from west 16th St going southbound at approximately 6:45PM. Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this incident to contact Investigations Division Sgt. Alvarez at (209) 388-7705 or Detective Nelson at (209) 388-7756 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 October 19, 2018 Sgt. Brian Rodriguez Gang Violence Suppression Unit Office: (209) 385-4710 Dispatch: (209) 385-6905 For Immediate Release __________________________________________ Incident: Convicted Felon arrested with a firearm. Date and Time: October 19, 2018 @ 4:12 P.M. Location: 5200 block of Crest Road in Atwater, CA Arrested Persons: Gustavo Betancourt (23) and Martin Sanchez (20) Case Number: 18-60890 On October 19, 2018, the Merced Police Department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU) developed information that convicted felon Gustavo Betancourt had firearms at his home in Atwater. Betancourt is a convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing any firearms. GVSU officers and Probation officers conducted a probation search of Betancourt’s residence located in the 5200 block of Crest Road in Atwater. During the search, officers located a handgun and ammunition. Officers contacted probationer Martin Sanchez inside the residence and arrested him for a felony warrant. Betancourt was arrested and booked at the Merced County jail for weapons charges. Sanchez was booked at the Merced County jail for the felony warrant. 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 GVSU@cityofmerced.org 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 October 20, 2018 Sgt. Dan Dabney Office: (209) 388-7719 Dispatch: (209) 385-6905 For Immediate Release __________________________________________________________________ Incident: Hit and Run Fatal Collision Date and Time: October 19th 2018 @ 2050 Hrs. Location: 900 Blk of W. Childs Ave Victims: Hispanic Male Adult 30’s Arrested Persons: N/A Case Number: 18-60961 On 10/1918 @ approximately 8:50 PM. officers responded to a vehicle vs. Pedestrian collision in the 900 blk of W. Childs Ave. Residence in the area heard the collision. Upon checking they located a Hispanic Male Adult in his 30’s in the roadway with major injuries. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene by paramedics. The suspect vehicle, possibly a red Dodge Charger fled the scene west bound on W. Childs Ave. The suspect vehicle sustained damage to the front left head light and fog lights. Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact The Merced Police Department at (209) 385-6912. The public can send information via anonymous text messages to the police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the “keyword” in the text message. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Merced Police Department NEWS RELEASE October 18, 2018 Sgt. Brian Rodriguez Gang Violence Suppression Unit Office: (209) 385-4710 Dispatch: (209) 385-6905 For Immediate Release __________________________________________________________________ Incident: Gang Member arrested with a firearm. Date and Time: October 18, 2018 @ 3:57 P.M. Location: 1200 block of Canal St in Merced, CA Victims: None Arrested Persons: Luis Ibarra (27) Case Number: 18-60662 On October 18, 2018, the Merced Police Department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU) developed information that gang member Luis Ibarra had firearms at his home. Ibarra is a convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing any firearms. GVSU officers and Probation officers served a search warrant at Ibarra’s residence on Canal Street in Merced. During the search, officers located a rifle, ammunition, gang indicia and nun chucks. Ibarra was booked at the Merced County jail for weapons charges 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 GVSU@cityofmerced.org 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 *****

Officer Rinder and his K9 partner Sam visiting the wonderful residents at Sierra Meadows Senior Living during National Night Out. Thanks for having us!

Merced Police Department NEWS RELEASE October 14, 2018 Lt. Jay Struble Administration Unit Office: (209) 385-4739 Dispatch: (209) 385-6905 For Immediate Release __________________________________________________________________ Incident: Merced Police Officer involved in traffic collision Date and Time: October 14, 2018 @ 11:08 A.M. Location: W. Olive and “R” Street Victims: Arrested Persons: Case Number: 18-59708 On Sunday October 14, 2018 at approximately 11:08 A.M. officers with the Merced Police Department were responding to a radio transmission that another officer needed assistance. As one officer was traveling south on “R” Street, crossing W. Olive Ave, they were involved in a traffic collision. The officer had the emergency lights and siren activated on the marked Merced Police vehicle as he/she was proceeding through the intersection of W. Olive and “R” Street. A vehicle traveling east on W. Olive Ave was entering the intersection. The two vehicles collided in the intersection. At this time there are no injuries reported. As standard procedure the Merced Police Department contacted the California Highway Patrol to conduct the traffic collision investigation. Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this traffic collision to contact the California Highway Patrol 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 October 11, 2018 Sgt. Brian Rodriguez Gang Violence Suppression Unit Office: (209) 385-4710 Dispatch: (209) 385-6905 For Immediate Release __________________________________________________________________ Incident: Convicted felon arrested with an assault rifle. Date and Time: October 11, 2018 @ 5:18 P.M. Location: 2200 block of Oakland Ave in Merced, CA Victims: None Arrested Persons: Jose Ceja (41) Case Number: 18-59047 On Thursday, October 11, 2018, the Merced Police Department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU) officers developed information that Jose Ceja had firearms at his home located on Oakland Ave in Merced. Ceja is a convicted felon and cannot possess any firearms. GVSU officers and Probation officers served a search warrant at Ceja’s residence. During the search, Probation K-9 “Sage” alerted on the inside of a parked vehicle in the garage. Officers searched the vehicle and located a loaded AR-15 assault rifle with an attached 30 round magazine inside the car. Ceja admitted that the assault rifle belonged to him. He was arrested and booked at the Merced County Jail for 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, GVSU@cityofmerced.org 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 *****

Officer Saelee spending time with kids at the Merced Child Development Center. Thank you for having us. This was a great opportunity for the Merced Police Department. We hope the kids had as much fun as Officer Saelee.

This month, we are joining police departments across the country as we honor those who have bravely fought cancer by participating in the Pink Patch Project. We are all affected by cancer in one way or another and want to show our support for all those who are affected. We’re in this together, no matter what. We know that those months, or years battling cancer are some of the hardest any of us could face. We’re here for you, and our Pink Patch is just one of the ways we show that.

Merced Police Department NEWS RELEASE September 28, 2018 Sgt. Brian Rodriguez Gang Violence Suppression Unit Office: (209) 385-4710 Dispatch: (209) 385-6905 For Immediate Release __________________________________________________________________ Incident: GVSU officers arrest drug dealer with guns and drugs. Date and Time: September 28, 2018 @ 10:56 P.M. Location: 1800 block of Atwater Boulevard in Atwater, CA Victims: None Arrested Persons: Juan Diaz (43) Case Number: 18-56277 On Friday, September 28, 2018, the Merced Police Department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU) developed information that Juan Diaz was selling drugs from his residence in the 1800 block of Atwater Boulevard in Atwater. GVSU officers and Merced County Probation officers served a search warrant at Juan’s home. During the search, Probation K-9 “Sage” and officers located 188 grams of meth, 12 grams of cocaine, marijuana, digital scales, packaging material, 2 firearms, ammunition, and cash. Diaz 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 GVSU@cityofmerced.org 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 October 3, 2018 Sgt. Brian Rodriguez Gang Violence Suppression Unit Office: (209) 385-4710 Dispatch: (209) 385-6905 For Immediate Release __________________________________________________________________ Incident: Attempt Homicide Date and Time: October 3, 2018 @ 9:00 A.M. Location: 900 block of W 8th St in Merced, CA Victims: None Arrested Persons: David Serena (19) and a 17 year old juvenile Case Number: 18-56392 On Saturday, September 29, 2018 the Merced Police Department dispatch received a call of shots fired in the area of the 900 block of W 8th St in Merced. Officers located a 20 year old male victim suffering from gunshot wounds. He was transported to a hospital in Modesto for medical treatment and was listed in stable condition. Witnesses reported two suspects ran from the scene. Officers searched the area and detained gang member David Serena and a 16 year old juvenile running away from the area. A witness identified Serena as being involved in the shooting. Serena was booked at the jail for multiple assault charges with a firearm including attempt homicide and gang enhancements. He was booked at the Merced County Jail. Officer Odom contacted the victim who identified a 17 year old gang member as the shooter and a warrant was issued for his arrest. On today’s date, Wednesday, October 03, 2018, a follow-up investigation was conducted on the whereabouts of the 17 year old suspect. GVSU and DART officers checked several locations in Merced and surrounded a vacant house in the 500 block of W 7th St where officers received information that he was hiding in. Officers gained entry and located the suspect hiding in the bedroom closet. Officers searched the house and located ammunition and drugs. The suspect was interviewed and admitted to shooting the victim. He was arrested for multiple assault charges with a firearm including attempt homicide and gang enhancements. He was booked in Merced County Juvenile Hall. 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 GVSU@cityofmerced.org 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 October 2, 2018 Sgt. Emily Foster Dispatch: (209) 385-6905 For Immediate Release __________________________________________________________________ Incident: Officers arrest drug dealer with guns and drugs. Date and Time: 10/2/18 @0213 Hours Location: 852 W. 23rd St., Merced Victims: None Arrested Persons: Heriberto Mendoza- Lopez (26), Maria Cruz Torres (23) Case Number: 18-56782 On Tuesday, October 2, 2018, the Merced Police Department Officers located 3 firearms and 24 pounds of marijuana in a vehicle that belonged to Heriberto Mendoza- Lopez. Merced PD Officers served a search warrant at Heriberto’s home, 852 W. 23rd St. During the search, officers located a marijuana grow, packaging material, a stolen firearm and ammunition. Heriberto Mendoza- Lopez was arrested and booked at the Merced County jail for sales of narcotics, possession of stolen property and weapons charges. Maria Cruz Torres was arrested for weapons charges and possession of stolen property. Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact the 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. ***** END *****

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$75,000 REWARD Bill and Lena Chapman – Murdered in their home October 1st, 2006 Bill and Lena Chapman were long time residents of Merced. On October 1st, 2006, they were murdered in their home on South Bear Creek Drive. The person(s) responsible then set fire to the Chapman’s home to destroy evidence of the crime. The murders are still unsolved. There is a $75,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the murders. If you have any information, call Detective Nelson with the Merced Police Department at (209) 388-7756 or the tip line at (209) 385-4725.

Sergeant Solis and Community Service Officer Partlow providing educational training to our citizens academy class. For information on our next citizens academy class you can contact Sergeant Drum @ 388-7724 or by email drume@cityofmerced.org

Merced Police Department NEWS RELEASE September 22, 2018 Sgt. Brian Rodriguez Gang Violence Suppression Unit Office: (209) 385-4710 Dispatch: (209) 385-6905 For Immediate Release __________________________________________________________________ Incident: Gang Member arrested with a sawed off shotgun. Date and Time: September 22, 2018 @ 3:42 P.M. Location: 200 block of W 18th St in Merced, CA Victims: None Arrested Persons: Craig Turner (19) Case Number: 18-54819 On September 22, 2018, the Merced Police Department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU) contacted gang member Craig Turner in the 200 block of W 18th St in Merced. Officers conducted a probation search of Turner and located a sawed off shotgun and ammunition wrapped in a plastic bag near him. Turner is a convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing any firearms. Turner was arrested and admitted ownership of the shotgun. He was booked at the Merced County jail for weapons charges 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 GVSU@cityofmerced.org 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 September 22, 2018 Sgt. Brian Rodriguez Gang Violence Suppression Unit Office: (209) 385-4710 Dispatch: (209) 385-6905 For Immediate Release __________________________________________________________________ Incident: Suspect arrested with drugs, guns and stolen property. Date and Time: September 22, 2018 @ 9:48 P.M. Location: 7300 block of Schaffer Road in Winton, CA Victims: None Arrested Persons: Richard Peel (54) Case Number: 18-54892 On Saturday, September 22, 2018, the Merced Police Department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU) and Livingston Police officers served a search warrant at Richard Peel’s residence in the 7300 block of Schafer Road in Winton for drugs. During the search, officers located 354 grams of meth, scales, packaging material, 13 firearms, ammunition, a stolen motorcycle and cash. The assault rifle and a 22 caliber rifle were reported stolen. Peel admitted ownership of the drugs and guns. He was arrested and booked at the Merced County jail for sales of narcotics, receiving stolen property 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 GVSU@cityofmerced.org 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 September 20, 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. Date and Time: September 20, 2018 @ 9:15 A.M. Location: Motel 6 Suites, 1200 block of V St Merced, CA Victims: None Arrested Persons: Franklin Baer (32) Case Number: 18-54169 On Thursday, September 20, 2018, the Merced Police Department Disruptive Area Response Team (DART) developed information that Franklin Baer was selling drugs at a room at the Motel 6 Suites in Merced. DART and GVSU and officers served a search warrant at Baer’s room. During the search, officers located over 15 grams of heroin, digital scales, packaging material, and seized over $2600 in cash. Baer was arrested for sales of narcotics and booked at the Merced County jail. Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact Disruptive Area Response Team (DART) Sgt. Solis at (209) 385-6905 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 September 20, 2018 Sgt. Reynaldo Alvarez Office: (209) 388-7705 Dispatch: (209) 385-6905 For Immediate Release ________________________________________________ Incident: Home Invasion Robbery Date and Time: 09/16/18, at 4:04 A.M. Location: 2400 block of Driftwood, Merced Victims: Two Males (18/19), One female juvenile Arrested Persons: Jesus Daniel Alonso (18) and a male juvenile (17) Case Number: 18-53285 On September 16, 2018, Merced Police Department (MPD) officers responded to the 2400 block of Driftwood Dr. for a home invasion robbery. The victims reported that they were in their residence, after a having a small party. At one point, a younger Hispanic male came into the residence through an unlocked window. This male pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the victims. After pointing the handgun at the victims, the male suspect let a second armed subject into the residence. At this point, one of the suspects held the victims at gunpoint and the second suspect gathered items from inside the residence. The suspects collected various electronics, money and several articles of clothing. These items were then loaded into a vehicle and the two suspects fled the area. Working with the victims, MPD Detectives were able to identify one of the suspects as a 17 year old male from Merced. Detectives were able to track down the 17 year old and take him into custody. The 17 year old male was booked into juvenile hall for several felonies, including robbery and burglary. As detectives continued their investigation, they were able to recover several of the stolen items at a residence in the 1200 block of W. 3rd Street. Detectives recovered a big screen television, clothing, money and a cellular phone. The 17 year old male suspect had taken the items to this residence after the home invasion. Detectives were able to identify the second suspect in the home invasion as Jesus Daniel Alonso of Merced. Alonso was arrested at his residence in the 300 block of Amy Ct. Alonso was booked into Merced County Jail for several felonies including robbery and burglary. Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact Detective Sam Sannadan at (209) 388-7773. 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. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Merced Police Department NEWS RELEASE September 14, 2018 Sgt. Reynaldo Alvarez Office: (209) 388-7705 Dispatch: (209) 385-6905 For Immediate Release _________________________________________ Incident: Home Invasion Robbery Date and Time: 09/14/18, at 12:29 A.M. Location: 2900 block of Tuxford Ct, Merced Victims: Two male adults and one female adults, ages 20 - 21 yrs. Arrested Persons: Michael Felix (23) and Jesus Jimenez (23) Case Number: 18-52786 On September 14, 2018, Merced Police Department (MPD) officers responded to the 2900 block of Tuxford Ct for a home invasion robbery. The victims reported that they were in their residence, when two armed individual’s entered their home through an unlocked door. The two suspects were armed, one with a handgun and the other with a shotgun. The two suspects demanded money from the victims. The victims did not have any money, so the suspects demanded jewelry, electronics and cellphones. One of the suspects held two of the victims at gunpoint. As this was occurring, the second suspect forced the third victim around the house collecting various items. After collecting various items, the suspects fled the area. As detectives followed up on the case, they determined that the suspects were staying at 255 Snowhaven Ct #62. At this residence, detectives contacted Michael Felix and Jesus Jimenez. Officers then obtained a search warrant for the residence. While searching the residence, detectives located a loaded handgun and a shotgun. Officers further located electronics, cellphones, and jewelry belonging to the victims. Detectives also located the clothing Jimenez and Felix were wearing when they committed the home invasion. In addition, officers located over 300 Xanax tablets. Jimenez and Felix refused to make any statements. Felix was found to be a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing firearms. Both Jimenez and Felix were booked into Merced County Jail for several felonies including robbery and burglary. Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact Detective John Pinnegar at (209) 388-7712. 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. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX