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Merced County Death Investigated as Homicide

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WINTON – Authorities investigated a suspicious death as a homicide late Wednesday night.

Authorities say a deceased man in his 20’s was found in the area of Myrtle Avenue and Irene Lane in the township of Winton. The man was found unresponsive near the roadway and died as a result of suspicious circumstances.

Investigators responded to canvass the area for clues into the man’s death.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Merced County Sheriff’s Office at (209) 385-7472 where callers can remain anonymous.

Gaby Muro is a journalist specializing in local issues and breaking news. She holds two degrees from San Joaquin Delta College. In 2018, she was considered one of the top 40 journalism students in the United States and received a scholarship to cover international conflict news near the Israeli-Syrian Border for 10 Days. Some of her work as a student has been submitted to the Student Emmy Awards. She was crowned the 2019 Miss Merced County title holder through the Miss America Organization and competed for the title of Miss California, advocating for epilepsy awareness. She has been featured on Investigation Discovery, profiling local homicide cases. Gaby is a native of Stockton, California.

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Fundraiser Established For Ceres Homicide Victim

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CERES – Authorities identified 18-year-old Miguel Peña of Ceres, known as Sebastián to his family, as the homicide victim from Monday.

Sebastián was a passenger of a vehicle with two other occupants on Malik Drive near Strawberry Fields Park Monday night, when another vehicle drove by and opened fire. Sebastián was struck several times, another occupant was struck in the arm.

Just two months before his death, Sebastián had lost his mother after a hard fought battle with cancer.

“Two months ago we suffered the great loss of my mother, who fought tirelessly with cancer and sadly lost the battle. Today my family is in mourning again after the loss of my younger brother Miguel Ángel Sebastián Peña,” said Fabiola Peña, one of Sebastián’s older sisters in a GoFundMe fundraiser.

Police say Sebastián underwent surgery but passed away a few days after the shooting. Peña says her family is left with enormous pain and emptiness.

“With heart in hand we ask you to help us with whatever you can; either financially or with your prayers. Family and friends, the Peña family. We need you more than ever.”

Anyone who would like to help the Peña family can do so by CLICKING HERE.

The Ceres Police Department is continuing to investigate and ask anyone with information or surveillance video to contact Officer Brian Petersen at (209) 538-5627. If callers wish to remain anonymous they can contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 or 1-866-602-7463.

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Two Arrested Near Shooting Scene in Stockton

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STOCKTON – Police arrested two men and recovered two firearms after responding to a shooting Friday night.

At about 8:17pm police responded to the 4000 block of Townehome Drive for a report of a person shot. Authorities said the victim, a 27 year old man, was walking in the area when he was shot.

The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for non life threatening injuries.

Police officers responding to the area saw two men running and quickly detained them. Two firearms were located.

Arrested were 20 year old Malcolm Sorriano-Johnson and 34 year old Charles Norris for weapons charges.

Anyone with information regarding this case can contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Robbery Suspect Arrested in Lodi

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LODI – Lodi Police said a suspect wanted for an armed robbery that occurred January 9th in a Walmart parking lot was arrested.

According to police, 26-year-old Troy Rose was identified by detectives as the suspect in the robbery.

After arrest and search warrants for his apartment were issued, Rose left the area as detectives were waiting to arrest him and a perimeter in the area was established.

Authorities said Rose was found hiding in a backyard of a nearby home and was taken into custody.

During the search in Rose’s apartment several illegally obtained firearms, ammunition, body armor, and jewelry from the robbery were found.

Rose was booked on several charges including robbery, resisting arrest, and multiple weapons violations.

Troy Rose. Photo: Lodi Police Department

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