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Police find bloodied man lying on ground in South Merced

Merced police are continuing to investigate an incident late Saturday afternoon in which a 45-year-old man was found lying on the ground in the 1200 block of West 1st Street with a head injury.

Lt. Andre Matthews of the Merced Police Department said officers Raquel Rios and Leon Pintabona found Sergio Mattas lying on the ground at 5:17 p.m. with a large amount of blood surrounding him. He was taken to the Community Campus of Mercy Medical Center Merced for treatment.

Matthews said Mattas could not provide any information about who assaulted him. Investigation of this incident is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Merced Police Department's tip line at 385-4725.

-- Doane Yawger