A Los Banos man was likely trying to flee Merced County when authorities arrested him in connection with the weekend murder of a 37-year-old man, according to Los Banos police.killing 37-year-old Los Banos man Jose Raul Nolasco early Sunday morning
Nolasco was rushed to Memorial Hospital Los Banos, and later to a Modesto area hospital where he later died.
Authorities believe Gonzalez Torres and Nolasco were having some type of argument outside the El Bohemia Rincon bar in downtown Los Banos before Gonzalez Torres shot Nolasco, who was found with a single gunshot wound at about 12:42 a.m. behind the Bank of America building on Sunday.
Gonzalez Torres’ vehicle was in a parking lot of a hotel in Santa Nella just before 8 a.m. Wednesday, Hedden said. It was the Motel 6 at 12733 Highway 33.
Police had already identified the vehicle, Hedden said. So when Merced County Sheriff’s Deputy Diane Rentfrow encountered it in the parking lot and ran the car’s plates, it was flagged.
She saw Gonzalez Torres and members of his family packing up belongings into the car before leaving toward Interstate 5, Hedden said.
Rentfrow stopped the vehicle on the southbound I-5 onramp from Highway 33.
Investigators believe Gonzalez Torres may have been trying to flee, Hedden said.
Gonzalez Torres was arrested on suspicion of murder and booked into the Los Banos Police Department Jail, Hedden said.