Friday, May. 25, 2012
Four arrested in April 10 Shooting
Suspects arrived as search warrant was being served
By Corey Pride
Four suspected gang members were arrested Thursday in connection with an April 10 shooting.
Gabriel Chavez Zamora, 18, Pablo Aguayo, 19, and two 15-year-olds were taken into custody during the execution of a search warrant on the 700 block of Sandhill Crane at 11:15 a.m.
The juveniles were taken to Merced County Juvenile Hall and Zamora and Aguayo to the Los Banos jail. Aguayo is being held on $50,000 bail and Zamora has a $100,000 bond.
Cmdr. Ray Reyna Jr. said the four males drove to the residence as police were searching the home. A gun was found during a susbsequent search of the vehicle the suspects were in.
Police arrested all four males on suspicion of possession of a firearm and participation in a criminal street gang. Zamora is also facing allegations of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Zamora and one of the 15-year-olds were also arrested on suspicion of assault with a firearm. Reyna said police believe the two were directly involved in shooting the victim during the April incident.
On April 10 a man was shot in the leg on the 600 block of Third Street near G Street.
Witnesses reportedly told police a male with short hair fled the area southbound on Fourth Street, in a white Chevrolet sedan. Two other vehicles involved in the incident were described as a silver Mercedes Benz and a maroon Toyota. Witnesses reported seeing a male in the Toyota with a handgun, police said.
Six suspects were detained at a residence on the 700 block of H Street within 45 minutes of the shootiing. Police obtained a search warrant and found a loaded handgun, about 5.2 ounces of methamphetamine, digital scales, and about $13,000 at the home.
The day of the shooting, Robert Aragon, 19, and Brandon Torres, 20, both of Los Banos, were arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale. Torres was also arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance while possessing a firearm.