Police identify second suspect in drive-by

Suspect is considered armed and dangerous

cpride@losbanosenterprise.comJanuary 6, 2012 

Police have arrested one suspect and identified another in a drive-by shooting that took place Wednesday on the 800 block of Illinois Avenue.

No one was injured in the incident.

Witnesses said a dark blue Chrylser sedan was spotted driving in front of an apartment after 8:30 p.m. Jan. 4 and one of the car’s occupants fired several rounds at an apartment complex.

The car fled the scene, but Officer Nathan Bowling spotted the vehicle in the 700 block of Iowa Avenue, Cmdr. Ray Reyna Jr. said. The officer tried to stop the car, and a male was seen running away from the vehicle. Police arrested the driver, Dos Palos resident Edgar Robles.

Robles is being held in lieu of $300,000 at the Merced County Jail on suspicion of assault with a firearm, discharging a firearm into an inhabited dwelling and participation in a criminal street gang.

Reyna said police have identified the second suspect as Gustavo Rodriguez, 19, of Los Banos. Reyna said Rodriguez should be considered armed and potentially dangerous.

Anyone with information regarding Rodriguez’ whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Justin Melden at (209) 827-7070 ext. 114 or leave an anonymous tip on the city website at www.losbanos.org

Car burglary case

A citizen chased down a Los Banos man who allegedly had just finished robbing a car early Friday morning.

According to the Los Banos Police Department, officers responded to the 400 Block of Santa Barbara Street at 5:30 a.m. after a witness reported hearing glass breaking and a car alarm being triggered at a neighbor’s residence.

The witness, a male, reportedly saw a man, who police later identified as Allen Roy Bossard, 32, of Los Banos, running from the area.

The witness chased the Bossard into the back yard of a nearby residence. While Bossard was running, police said, the citizen allegedly witnessed him discard a purse and an iPod stolen during a separate vehicle burglary in town.

The man tackled Bossard and held him on the ground until police arrived.

Bossard was arrested on suspicion of vandalism, vehicle burglary, and possession of stolen property. Bossard is being held at the Los Banos Police Department Jail in lieu of $25,750 bail.


A tip from a resident led to the arrest of a Burglary suspect early Friday, police said.

The Los Banos Police Department received a call from a citizen reporting a possible burglary in progress at 2:47 a.m.

Officers responded to the business, located on the 1300 block of South Sixth Street and found John Desa, 31, of Los Banos, on the property. He was allegedly in possession of burglary tools.

When Officers attempted to detain Desa he ran, police said. He was caught after a short pursuit.

Officers returned to the business and noticed signs of forced entry, police said.

Desa was arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary and vandalism. He is in custody at the John Latorraca Correctional Facility in lieu of $40,000 bail.

“The reporting party did a great job and we are thankful he took the time to report this to us. This is a great example of the public and police working together to combat crime in our city, ” Cmdr. Ray Reyna Jr. said

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