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Update: Three teens detained in Merced on weapons charges

Three teenagers were arrested on suspicion of various firearm charges this week, after an officer conducted a traffic stop near 8th and N streets.

The incident was reported around noon Monday, after Officer Rogelio Rodriguez tried to pull over the suspects' 1999 Honda. The driver, a 17-year old male juvenile, didn't immediately pull over, according to Lt. Andre Matthews, police spokesman.

The car traveled for another block, and 18-year-old Marcos Lopez got out of the passenger side of the car. Lopez ran through a West 8th Street alley, and the officer saw him holding a dark-colored revolver in his right hand, Matthews said.

Rodriguez detained the driver of the car while other officers searched neighborhood for Lopez. While searching the backyard where the suspect climbed over a fence, officers found a loaded .45 caliber handgun.

Lopez was identified as a suspect and was arrested Tuesday at a West 8th Street residence on suspicion of carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle and participating in a criminal street gang, Matthews said. This week police also arrested his brother, 20-year-old Antonio Lopez, at the same residence, on suspicion of being a felon in possession of ammunition.

The juvenile was arrested on suspicion of being an unlicensed driver, carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle and participating in a criminal street gang.

— Victor A. Patton

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