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Felon protects self with gun, gets arrested

The victim of a home invasion robbery was able to chase off his attackers early Saturday morning by firing a gun at them but was arrested on charges of being a felon in possession of a stolen handgun. One of the robbery suspects also was arrested.

Detective Lane Clark of the Merced County Sheriff's Department said Mark Badal, 54, of Turlock was treated in the emergency room at Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock and then booked into Merced County Jail on charges of being a convicted felon in possession of a weapon and ammunition and receiving stolen property.

Tips from a confidential informant led detectives to a drive-in restaurant at Winton Parkway in Livingston where Talvinder Singh Rai, 27, of Livingston, was arrested on charges of home invasion robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.

Clark said a woman knocked on Badal's door about 4 a.m. Saturday in the 12000 block of Golden State Boulevard in Turlock, inside Merced County. The woman told Badal her car had broken down.

As Badal was outside his residence, he was jumped by two men who pistol-whipped him before he was able to fire his gun. Badal was able to identify Rai but a companion with him was released when his alibi checked out, Lane said.

The woman may have been shot and was observed limping from the scene but could not be located by deputies. Clark said having the gun may have saved Badal from serious injury but convicted felons aren't allowed to have weapons.

Serving a search warrant at Badal's home, deputies located four more guns. Badal posted $105,000 bail and was released; Rai remained in Merced County Jail Sunday night in lieu of $132,000 bail, according to a correctional official.

Associate Editor Doane Yawger

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