Cesar Ortega, 21, was booked into the John Latorraca Correctional Facility on suspicion of attempted burglary and resisting arrest. Ortega was also wanted to two outstanding warrants, the Merced Police Department said in a news release.
Rafael Figueroa, 47, is wanted on felony charges of domestic violence; oral copulation/sexual penetration with a child 10 years old or younger; lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 years old; and sexual penetration with a foreign object with force.
The Merced County Sheriff’s Department identified the victims of a weekend double homicide as an Atwater man and his nephew. Three people were arrested in connection with the deaths of the men, whose badly burned bodies were found Monday in a scorched vehicle east of Denair.
A 38-year-old man is in serious condition after being shot Monday morning near Atwater. Detectives say the shooting apparently happened during an argument between two men who had previously been involved in a romantic relationship.
An Atwater woman pleaded not guilty to child abuse charges Wednesday in connection with the death earlier this year of her 2-year-old son, who was found dead March 4. If convicted, she could face up to six years in state prison, authorities said.
Amador Patino is a 25-year-old Hispanic man, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing about 170 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He is wanted for attempted murder and criminal street gang participation.