August 9, 2014

Merced robbery suspect’s nickname leads to capture, police say

Merced police quickly captured a robbery suspect early Saturday after learning the man was known to use the nickname “Angel.”

Merced police quickly captured a robbery suspect early Saturday after learning the man was known to use the nickname “Angel.”

The suspect, Bobby Lee Kinder, was found around 8:45 a.m. Saturday at the Sierra Motel in the 1300 block of West 16th Street. Kinder, 33, apparently admitted beating and robbing a 30-year-old man, the Merced Police Department reported.

The victim was assaulted just before 7 a.m. Saturday as he was coming out of a 7-Eleven convenience store in the 1800 block of R Street. The victim’s wallet, containing about $80 in cash, was stolen during the attack and has not been located, Sgt. Robert Solis told the Sun-Star.

The victim was taken to an area hospital with “serious, but non-life-threatening facial injuries,” Solis said.

Officer Joseph Opinski, who joined the Merced Police Department less than year ago, quickly identified the suspect after learning one of the man’s nicknames was “Angel,” according to Solis.

“Once the officer learned of the nickname and witnesses provided the direction that he was last seen running, (Opinski) was able locate the suspect,” Solis said.

Kinder was booked into the Merced County Jail on suspicion of strong armed robbery and battery causing serious bodily injury. He was still in custody Saturday afternoon with bail set at more than $60,000, according to booking records.

Learning the nickname was key in the arrest, authorities said, but officers also praised the police work of the new officer, who was able to comb through statements and information quickly to narrow down a suspect. Law enforcement records show Kinder also uses the nicknames of “Lil’ Dirty Red,” “D-Red,” and “Lil Bobby.”

Police said Kinder has a history with city law enforcement. Details of Kinder’s criminal history were not available Saturday.

Law enforcement records show Kinder was recently released from custody in Merced County after he was arrested twice in May for alleged probation violations. He was arrested in late 2013 on suspicion of receiving stolen property, according to Merced Superior Court records.

According to jail and court records obtained by the Sun-Star, Kinder’s probation is managed under the Post Release Community Supervision program, a component of state’s Prison Realignment Act, which passed in 2011 as Assembly Bill 109.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to please contact the Merced police at 209 385-4702 or the Tip-line at 209 385-4725. Tips are confidential and callers may remain anonymous.


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