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Police arrest another of Merced's Most Wanted

Felipe Arroyo Vega Jr., 31, one of Merced County's Most Wanted, was arrested early Monday morning in Winton. Two women were also arrested on charges of aiding and abetting a fugitive in connection with Vega's arrest.

Deputy Paul Barile, Merced County Sheriff's Department spokesman, said deputies with the department's Special Tactics and Reconnaissance team found Vega hiding under a bed at a home at 7150 Palomino Drive in Winton.

A parolee-at-large, Vega was wanted on warrants for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and sexual assault on an adult female. When he was listed as Merced County's Most Wanted in the Oct. 17 issue of the Merced Sun-Star, it was incorrectly stated Vega was wanted for lewd and lascivious acts with a child, Barile said.

Yolanda Birrueta, 29, and Tina Garibay, 30, both of Winton, were booked into Merced County Jail where they remained Monday night in lieu of $50,000 bail each, on charges of aiding and abetting a fugitive.

STAR team members had been tracking Vega for the last two weeks but were always one step behind before receiving a tip about his whereabouts and arresting him at 7 a.m. Monday. When arrested, Vega had marijuana and meth on him, Barile said.

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