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Merced police arrest felon with loaded handgun

A .32-caliber semi-automatic handgun was found Saturday in the possession of Brandyn Simpson, police said.
A .32-caliber semi-automatic handgun was found Saturday in the possession of Brandyn Simpson, police said. Merced Police Department

Police arrested a Merced man they described as a gang member in possession of a loaded firearm, officers said Saturday.

After serving a search warrant in the 100 block of 19th Street, police said, officers found a loaded .32-caliber semi-automatic handgun hidden in the house. Police say the gun belonged to Brandyn Simpson, 31, of Merced.

Simpson was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm and for participating in a street gang, according to jail records. He is being held at the Merced County Main Jail in lieu of $210,000 bond, records show.

Merced police are asking anyone with any information to call Sgt. Reynaldo Alvarez at 209-388-7705, or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at 209-385-4725. Anonymous tips can also be sent by dialing 847411 and including the word “Comvip” as the keyword.

Thaddeus Miller: 209-385-2453, @thaddeusmiller

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