A 38-year-old violent child molester from Merced who pleaded guilty to repeatedly abusing a 5-year-girl disappeared while in custody more than two weeks ago and the public never was informed, a Merced Sun-Star investigation has confirmed.
Frederick Darren Berg, a 55-year-old Washington state resident serving 18 years for wire fraud, money laundering and bankruptcy fraud, was discovered missing from the prison camp at about 3:30 p.m., according to an Atwater prison news release.
A naked 39-year-old Fresno man high on methamphetamine was captured Tuesday night in Atwater after police found him driving through traffic hallucinating, talking to himself and punching his windshield.
Two short social media videos played a small but pivotal role breaking a case against two men who robbed three stores in less than an hour last year in Merced County. Video from the Merced County District Attorney's Office
Watch the video that helped end a robbery spree in Merced
Officer-involved shooting in Atwater
One injured, one arrested after traffic dispute in Merced
Watch deputy DA discuss charges against Obdulia Sanchez