Above: Confiscated firearms | Merced PD
Originally published 8-13-22
by the Merced Police Department:
“Merced – The Sheriff S.T.A.R. Team and the Merced PD Gang Unit arrested several Gang members Friday August 12, 2022. Two of the gang members were in possession of firearms.
On August 12, 2022 at approximately 4:00 PM the Merced Police Departments Gang Violence Suppression Unit was assisting the Sheriffs S.T.A.R. team in the City of Atwater. The Officers and Deputies located a group of gang members hanging out near the corner of Olive Ave and Willow Ave.
As the officers attempted to contact the subjects, one of them fled on foot. The officers were able to catch the man identified as Guillermo Madrigal (19) as he threw a loaded 9mm ghost gun. Madrigal was also found in possession of several baggies containing methamphetamine.
At the same time Deputies arrested another man from the group identified as Joseph Ochoa (20) who was in possession of a loaded 45 caliber handgun. Deputies also arrested Alberto Grijalva (26) for a violation of his parole conditions.
Grijalva was booked into Merced County Jail. Madrigal was booked into jail for firearms violations, narcotics violations, resisting arrest and gang enhancements. Ochoa was booked into jail for firearms violations and gang enhancements.”