The Merced Police Department is investigating two unrelated robberies, which occurred two hours apart on Thursday, according to Lt. Bimley West.
The first incident happened about 8 a.m. Thursday at a home in the 2400 block of Parsons Avenue, West said. The victim, a 37-year-old Latino man, arrived home to hear his daughter screaming inside.
The 14-year-old daughter was telling someone to get off of her, West said. When the resident entered the home, he was confronted by four Latino men, with medium builds and between 25 to 30 years of age, West said.
The men allegedly began punching the victim and hitting him with their handguns, according to West. The daughter was bleeding from the mouth.
After the physical confrontation, the men took off with a small amount of money and the victim's car -- a 2007 black Ford F-150.
The car was later recovered about 7 p.m. Thursday in the Rite Aid parking lot on G Street in Merced, West said.
During the investigation, officers discovered the victim had a medicinal marijuana card and a growing shed in the backyard. West said there weren't any plants on the property at the time of the robbery.
In a separate incident, a man was robbed while working at the recycling center in the parking lot of the Carniceria Vallarta grocery store on West 16th Street.
The robbery happened about 10 a.m. Thursday when a Latino man -- described as wearing a red shirt and black hooded sweat shirt -- demanded money from the victim.
The 21-year-old victim refused to hand over the money, West said. The man allegedly hit him with a handgun, knocking him to the ground.
West said the man walked over to the cash container and removed an undetermined amount of money before fleeing eastbound on 16th Street.
The man got inside a small dark-colored car that was waiting around the corner, according to West.
The victim did not sustain any serious injuries from the incident.
Police are asking anyone with information about the two robberies to call (209) 385-6913, (209) 385-4702 or the department's automated tip line at (209) 385-4725. Tips can be sent via text message to TIP411 (847411). Include "COMVIP" in the text message.
Reporter Ramona Giwargis can be reached at (209) 385-2477 or firstname.lastname@example.org.