Los Banos police are looking for two gang members who shot at their rivals and led authorities on a high-speed chase along two area highways last week.
Detective Sgt. Ivan Mendez said members of two rival gangs were arguing in the 100 block of Pacheco Boulevard at 11:30 p.m. Aug. 4. One set of gang members drove an older model Cadillac to a bar on the 500 block of I Street and were followed by their rivals in a silver van, according to police.
Mendez said the gang members who arrived in the van shot at the Cadillac, striking it but missing its occupants. The driver of the Cadillac, who thought he had been shot after glass struck him in the neck, drove to Memorial Hospital, Los Banos, according to Mendez.
Mendez said the victims were uncooperative when officers tried to speak with them at the hospital.
Mendez said police were given a description of the suspects’ vehicle from witnesses. Officer Greg Fillebrown and Sgt. Jesus Parras spotted the silver van on Henry Miller Road, Mendez said, and a high-speed chase ensued.
The Police Department requested help from the California Highway Patrol and Merced County Sheriff’s Department. Mendez said the suspects led law enforcement south on Interstate 5 before turning onto Highway 140 and crashing into an almond orchard. The suspects, described only as two Latino males, fled from the vehicle.
To leave an anonymous crime tip call (209) 827-7070 Ext. 288. If you have access to a computer and the Internet you can also leave an anonymous tip at the Police Department’s webpage at www.losbanos.org. At the bottom of the “Contact” page simply click on the “report graffiti and other crime” link or visit the Merced Area Crime Stoppers by telephone at 1-855-725-2420, or at www.mercedareacrimestoppers.org