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Police find suspect in 2006 murder

Jabrell McAny, 18, of Merced was arrested Thursday afternoon at a Merced apartment in connection with the 2006 murder of 56-year-old Gary Robinson of Modesto.

Officer Tom Martinez of the Merced Police Department's Gang Violence Suppression Unit said McAny was arrested about 2 p.m. in the 1300 block of East Santa Fe Avenue. He had placed a couch against the apartment door but officers forced their way in and arrested McAny in the hallway without further incident.

McAny was 17 years old when the incident occurred on Aug. 13, 2006, said Sgt. Craig Gundlach, a Modesto police spokesman. Police responded to a report of man down in an alley near Fourth and I streets in Modesto.

Officers arrived at the scene and found Robinson injured on the ground in the alley. Gundlach said Robinson was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died of his injuries.

Gundlach said police at the time of the incident did not know how Robinson was injured. Through developing information in the investigation, detectives determined Robinson was attacked before officers found him in the alley.

Further information in the case led detectives to identify McAny as a suspect. Modesto police issued an arrest warrant for suspicion of murder and recently learned he might be in the Merced area.

Gundlach said on Thursday night that Modesto police detectives had not determined the circumstances that led to the attack on Robinson. He said detectives had not spoken to McAny yet and were still waiting for McAny to be transported from Merced County to Modesto.

Martinez said McAny was booked into Merced County Juvenile Hall on murder charges, since the crime occurred when he was a minor. Four GVSU officers, along with probation and parole agents, arrested McAny.

Associate Editor Doane Yawger can be reached at 209 385-2485 or dyawger@mercedsun-star.com. Modesto Bee reporter Rosalia Ahumada also contributed to this report.

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