MERCED - Police arrested a Merced woman on a charge of homicide after allegedly striking a pedestrian with her vehicle and fleeing the scene during a fight.
At about 7:00pm Sunday, officers with the Merced Police Department received several calls of a large fight in progress in the area of 19th Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Responding officers received updates that a woman in a red car had just run someone over and struck several vehicles as she attempted to leave the scene.
As police officers arrived in the area, they witnessed a red vehicle near 19th and I Streets being driven by a woman. The vehicle had obvious visible signs of damage. Officers also found a woman down in the roadway requiring immediate medical attention, and several witnesses saying she had just been run over by the driver of the red car.
Police described the scene as very chaotic with a large gathering crowd. Witnesses identified the suspect driver as Ashley Sanders, a resident of Merced. The victim was transported to a hospital in Modesto where she died from her injuries.
Sanders was arrested by police without incident and booked into the Merced County Jail on homicide charges.
The name of the victim was not released by authorities, pending notification of family. She was only identified as a 20 woman who lived in the neighborhood.
LOS BANOS - A 21 year old was arrested after setting fire to a home with two girls inside Sunday afternoon.
Police responded to the home on the 1400 block of Pintail Circle after receiving a report of a structure fire, and arrived to find 21 year old Carlos Castillo in front of the house. Castillo was detained by officers after making suspicious comments regarding the fire.
Castillo resisted officers as he was taken into custody, trying to run away. An additional officer and sergeant arrived and surrounded Castillo who began reaching into his waistband and approaching the officers. Castillo began shouting for the officers to kill him.
One officer deployed a taser causing Castillo to fall to the ground. He was placed into handcuffs and detained. No weapon was found on his person.
Police contacted an 18 year old woman and a 10 year old girl who were inside of the home and escaped the fire through a window. They told officers that Castillo was inside acting strangely, so they fled upstairs and locked themselves in a room. A short time later they smelled smoke as Castillo set fire to the home.
The two escaped the fire by falling through a window, causing a laceration to the ten year old's arm as well as other injuries. They both were also suffering from smoke inhalation. Both were transported to a hospital for care.
During questioning, police learned that Castillo had set fire to the home. He was placed under arrest without bail and faces charges including arson, aggravated arson, child endangerment causing bodily injury and resisting arrest.
ATWATER - A man was arrested in connection to a stabbing that left two people injured Saturday night.
Police say the stabbing happened near Josie's bar on Commerce Avenue. Officers responded to a report of a fight with a person down suffering from a stab wound, locating the victim down in the parking lot. The man had a single knife wound to the chest. He was transported to an out of county hospital for care.
As police were investigating a second victim approached officers with a laceration type injury. The wound was received as a result of the fight. That victim's condition and further details were not available at time of publication.
Investigating officers learned of an abandoned vehicle that matched a description of the suspect's car. Police found the car at Commerce Avenue and S P Road abandoned after crashing into a stop sign. A knife and other evidence were found near the abandoned vehicle.
Sunday morning, the owner of the car, identified as Refugio Vera Jr. of Livingston called to report his car stolen. He was advised to make the stolen vehicle report in person at the police station.
An investigating patrol officer questioned Vera and later placed him under arrest as a result of the interview. Vera was booked into the Merced County Jail on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.
Merced Police Investigated their first homicide of 2016 Sunday night, after a man was found in an alleyway with unspecified injuries.
Ambulance and fire personnel were called at about 7:54pm to the 1000 block of west 12th Street Sunday for a report of a person down in the alleyway. First responders located a hispanic male in his 30’s down with obvious injuries of an assault. Firefighters requested a response from police officers.
The victim was transported to Mercy Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased. Investigators taped off the alleyway as a crime scene as they examined and documented numerous pieces of evidence. No further details were released by authorities.
MERCED - Police arrested a man Friday afternoon after a standoff preceded by a shooting that injured three people.
At about 12:43pm, officers with the Merced Police Department were dispatched to a home on the 4600 block of Beckman Way to investigate a civil disturbance. Additional reports of gunfire were called into authorities moments later as officers responded.
As police arrived, they located three people suffering from gunshot wounds in the roadway. Paramedics were quickly called to the scene to provide care for the victims. Two were transported by ambulance, and a third was airlifted to a regional hospital. Authorities considered all injuries to be serious, but the victims are expected to survive.
Police established a perimeter around the home after discovering the suspect was still inside barricaded, refusing orders to surrender. At one point the suspect opened fire on an officer in an unmarked vehicle. The officer was not struck.
Police negotiators and SWAT teams were called to assist, and after a couple of hours of negotiation the suspect surrendered without incident. Raul Diaz Moreno, 52, was transported to the Merced Police Department where he was interviewed and later booked on three counts of attempted homicide. investigators were able to process the crime scene and located the weapon used in the shooting.
The victims, identified as a 21 year old man, a 19 year old woman, and a 17 year old girl were all residents of Merced and expected to survive their injuries. Their relation to the suspect was not immediately clear.
Police credit concerned citizens with assisting in rendering aid to the shooting victims, and helping secure the neighborhood during the incident. No other injuries were reported.
MERCED - Authorities arrested a man on weapons violations following a probation search of his home Saturday.
Authorities conducted the search at a home on West 18th Street, where officers with the Gang Violence Suppression Unit located two nine millimeter handguns. Officers also located packaged marijuana, digital scales and ammunition.
The suspect, identified as 43 year old John Mariano Sr., is a convicted felon and was placed under arrest for possession of firearms.
WINTON - Authorities with the Merced Police Gang Violence Suppression Unit arrested a man early Saturday morning on narcotics and weapons charges.
Authorities served a warrant at about 6:15am at a home on the 7200 block of Edythe Circle and located a stolen .38 caliber revolver, a loaded .22 caliber revolver, ammo and over three ounces of meth. Officers also located a digital scale, packaging material and over $1300 cash.
Police arrested 50 year old William Holmes on charges including possession of meth for sales, felon in possession of firearms, felon in possession of ammunition and receiving stolen property.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Sergeant Rodriguez at (209) 385-4710, or the Tipster line at (209) 385-4725 where callers can remain anonymous.