On July 25, 2018, Los Banos served four separate search warrants in Los Banos and Dos Palos starting at 7:00 a.m. The search warrants were part of three separate shooting investigations in the City of Los Banos this month.
On July 14, 2018, Los Banos police officers responded to the 200 block of G Street for a report of shots fired. Two rival gang members were targeted by Carlos Torres, 20, of Los Banos in at least two separate shootings. Torres was out on state parole at the time of the shootings and was linked to two addresses in Los Banos where search warrants were served today; one in the 100 block of North Santa Rita Street and the second in the 200 block of West J Street. Torres was arrested at the North Santa Rita Street home and arrested on a warrant issued by the Merced County District Attorney’s Office for attempted murder. Torres was booked into the Los Banos Police Department jail, where he remains in custody in lieu of $100,000.00 bail.
On 7/16/2018, Los Banos police officers responded to a gas station in the 100 block of Pacheco Boulevard for a shooting. During the course of this investigation, Los Banos Detectives learned Izaiah Bermea, 21, of Los Banos and a yet to be identified male fired at least 17 shots at a man and woman who were leaving the business. The gun fire struck four neighboring businesses and the victim’s vehicle. The shooting was a result of a brief verbal altercation between Bermea and the male victim at the gas station.
Search warrants were served at two locations where Bermea was known to frequent; the first in the 700 of Nevada Avenue and the second in the 20000 block of Reynolds Avenue in Dos Palos. Detectives found Bermea and Michael Lozano, 19, of Los Banos at the Nevada Avenue location. Three firearms, including a MAC-10 sub-machine gun were found in the home, along with a ballistic helmet, bullet proof vest, several hundred rounds of ammunition, and gang related items. While Detective’s were processing the residence, Hernan Perez, 25, of Los Banos arrived at the residence and claimed to live at the home. Perez was in possession of a stolen .40 caliber handgun. Bermea, Lozano, and Perez were all arrested on multiple weapons charges and gang enhancements. Bermea was also booked on an attempted murder warrant in connection with the July 16, 2018 shooting.
We would like to thank the Merced County Sheriff’s Department and Merced Area Gang and Narcotics Task Force (MAGNET) for their help with these warrants today. These operations are challenging. They involve targeting multiple locations and suspects and can quickly overwhelm our resources. The Sheriff’s SWAT team and MAGNET stepped up today and made this a very successful and safe operation.
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