An 18-year man and a juvenile were arrested Saturday on suspicion of robbing a Merced liquor store and injuring the store's clerk.
Suspect Steven Mendez and a 17-year-old boy were taken into custody around 7:45 p.m. a short distance from Mel's Liquors, located at 1220 V St. in Merced, according to Lt. Andre Matthews, police spokesman.
They were arrested the same night the robbery was reported, Matthews said.
Police believe the suspects were trying to steal beer from the store when the clerk confronted them. One of the suspects then hit the clerk in the head with a bottle of beer, Matthews said.
Although the clerk received a serious cut on his head, he's expected to recover from his injury, Matthews said.
Police were given a description of the suspects. Mendez and the juvenile unsuccessfully tried to flee after they were spotted by officers. Investigators believe at least one more suspect in the case may still be at large.
Police are asking anyone with information about the crime to call Detective Keith Pelowski at (209) 385-6913 or the department's automated tip-line at (209) 385-4725. Calls are kept confidential, and you can remain anonymous.
-- Victor A. Patton