Patrick Walker, 35, of Merced, was arrested Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, a day after he allegedly set fire to a bathroom inside the Los Banos Target store, Los Banos police said.
Patrick Walker, 35, of Merced, was arrested Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, a day after he allegedly set fire to a bathroom inside the Los Banos Target store, Los Banos police said. Courtesy Merced County Sheriff's Office
Patrick Walker, 35, of Merced, was arrested Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, a day after he allegedly set fire to a bathroom inside the Los Banos Target store, Los Banos police said. Courtesy Merced County Sheriff's Office

Vikaas Shanker is a news reporter covering education and courts for the Merced Sun-Star and Los Banos Enterprise. He also is a data fellow of the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism. A Chicago area native and University of Kansas graduate, he has been reporting in Merced County since 2016.