Crime

Pair robs couple Monday after ATM visit

The Merced Sheriff's Office said a Merced couple was robbed at gunpoint at Avenue Two and Gurr Road on Monday after taking money from an ATM.

Neither victim was hurt.

At 5:47 p.m. Monday, deputies were dispatched to a report of an armed robbery. When the deputies made contact with the victims, they found that the 34-year-old male victim and his wife were on their way home from Merced after drawing cash from an ATM at Chase Bank on Olive Ave.

While on Santa Fe Road, they noticed a blue 1990s Honda behind them. When they turned onto Avenue Two, the Honda passed them at the "S" bend and pulled in front of them, forcing them off the road, according to Deputy Tom MacKenzie. Two suspects got out of the Honda pointing handguns at the victim demanding his money.

The victim handed over his wallet, and the suspects got back into their vehicle and drove off. The suspects are described as both being black males, one wearing a black hooded sweater, in his early 20s, about 5-feet-7-inches tall weighing 180 pounds. The second suspect was wearing a blue/gray sweater, black pants, was in his mid-30s, about 5-foot-8-inches tall, 220 pounds and had long black hair.

The suspect's vehicle is described as a blue Honda, possible mid '90s with no plates, a dealer “number sticker” in the rear window and body damage.

The suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash, along with personal items from the victim’s wallet. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Merced Sheriff's Office Detective's Division at (209) 385-7472.

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