Merced Police make four arrests in city’s third homicide


Another case closed: Merced Police announced Thursday that four have been arrested in connection to a homicide earlier this month. During the announcement, police revealed it was gang-related, saying if gangs commit crimes in Merced they will get caught.

Merced’s top cop, Chief Chris Goodwin, started things off with a message to the Raymond Angeles’ family.

“Hopefully, this will bring a little bit of closure on this case,” Goodwin said.

Merced Police, with the help of other agencies, arrested Richard Rivera and three teens Wednesday. Police are alleging they shot and killed Angeles in a field on Main Street near V Street on April 9. The teens’ ages range from 14-years-old to 17-years-old.

Sgt. Ray Alvarez said the suspects targeted Angeles because of a fight between one of the teen’s sisters and the daughter of the victim’s girlfriend.

“These two girls got into a fist fight over some gang stuff, that’s what sparked this,” Alvarez said. “There was a fight earlier in the day, there was a second altercation and then the third altercation occurred at the [Gateway Motel].”

The suspects then chased Angeles to the field where they shot him, according to police.

Goodwin said detectives tracked the getaway car to Yuba City on Tuesday, which is where Rivera and one of the teens are from. By Wednesday, the arrest warrants were served.

For homicide investigations, Goodwin said his detectives go the extra-mile to make sure they’re solved fast.

“This is our third homicide we’ve had this year. In all three of them, we’ve identified suspects,” he said. “It just goes to show you how dedicated the detectives are and how well they use our resources here.”

Rivera has been booked in the Merced County Jail and the teen suspects are now in Merced County Juvenile Hall.

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