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August 4, 2014

Two suspected gang members arrested with weapons, police say

Two men described by police as known gang members with lengthy criminal records were jailed last week on weapons and drug allegations.

Two men described by police as known gang members with lengthy criminal records were jailed last week on weapons and drug allegations.

Robert Yanez Sr., 36, was arrested Friday by the Merced Multi-Agency Gang Task Force on numerous probation violation warrants, and suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm and a gang allegation, the Merced Police Department said in a news release.

Gang agents spotted Yanez in the 3100 block of Bea Drive during a surveillance operation. A brief foot chase ensued, police said.

Yanez tossed a loaded semiautomatic .45-caliber pistol during the chase, officers said. It was later recovered by investigators.

Agents found Yanez hiding in a backyard on Lucich Drive where he was taken into custody, authorities said.

Yanez’s criminal history dates to 1999 and includes convictions ranging from assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence to drunken driving and drug possession, according to Merced Superior Court records.

He was still in custody Monday with bail set at more than $600,000, according to booking records.

Capptan Hicks, 37, was arrested about 12:30 p.m. Thursday on suspicion of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, possession of methamphetamine and gang allegations. Officers found a 12-gauge shotgun and an undisclosed amount of suspected methamphetamine, police said.

The gang task force made the arrest in the 2000 block of Drake Avenue, the Beachwood area of unincorporated Merced County, after a surveillance operation, according to the news release.

Hicks was still undergoing medical examinations Monday. Police expect to book him into the Merced County Jail once he is cleared medically, Capt. Tom Trindad said.

Hicks’ criminal history in Merced County dates to at least 1994. His criminal record includes convictions ranging from assault with a firearm, gang participation and selling drugs to drunken driving and weapons possession, according to Merced Superior Court records.

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