A day following an assault on Canal Street, a police officer spotted a vehicle matching an earlier description, pursued it for about three blocks and two people ultimately were arrested on firearms and gang activity charges.
Lt. Roger McIntyre of the Merced Police Department said Miguel Geronimo, 20, of Merced and a 14-year-old boy ultimately were arrested Friday night in the 300 block of West 11th Street.
McIntyre said Officer Reynaldo Alvarez spotted the wanted vehicle on West 11th Street, attempted a traffic stop before the vehicle drove off at a high rate of speed. Alvarez caught up with the car as it turned into the 300 block of West 8th Street, stopped abruptly and the right front passenger jumped out and ran.
Alvarez was able to keep the vehicle stopped and eventually arrested the driver, Geronimo, on charges of driving on a suspended license. A witness told Alvarez the person who ran had reached into the front waistband of his pants and threw a gun away as he attempted to escape. Officers recovered a loaded 9 mm Ruger.
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Both suspects, confirmed as local criminal street gang members, denied any involvement in the incident. Geronimo was booked into Merced County Jail on charges of being in possession of a loaded firearm, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and gang enhancements. He remained in Merced County Jail on Sunday night in lieu of $101,810 bail, according to a correctional official.
The 14-year-old, arrested at his home, was later booked into Merced County Juvenile Hall on charges of possession of a loaded firearm and gang enhancements.
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