SANTA NELLA, CA – During the last several months, the Merced County Sheriff’s Office has been investigating numerous thefts and other related crimes occurring on the Westside of the County, most specifically the Santa Nella area. During the course of these investigations, Sheriff’s Detectives assigned to the Jess Bowling Station were led to the Santa Nella Trailer Park. Lead Deceives Daniel Ramirez and Brandon Soto, received information that a large amount of stolen property taken from various areas of Merced County’s Westside, was either ending up or being sold within the Santa Nella Trailer Park. They also learned that other crimes were being committed within the trailer park, much of which was being un-reported out of fear of retaliation by the perpetrators.
Working with the Merced County District Attorney’s Office Detectives Ramirez and Soto were able to cause seven individuals to be charged with various felony crimes including but not limited to Arson, Felony Assault, Burglary, and Possession of Stolen Property.
On Saturday July 6, 2019, with the assistance of the Sheriff’s STAR Team, Sheriff’s Detectives culminated this investigation with the arrests of all seven individuals involved. Arrested were Efrain Jimenez Sr 48 years of age, Efrain Jimenez Jr 19 years of age, Ricardo Jimenez 26 years of age, Damian Blanco 19 years of age, Andrew May 24 years of age, Katelyn Anthenien 29 years of age, and James Ryan 20 years of age. All subjects are residents of the Santa Nella area.
The Sheriff’s Office is committed to stopping criminal activity such as this from occurring. Detectives Ramirez and Soto went to great lengths during this very long methodical investigation to ensure that information and evidence was collected to ensure a successful prosecution. Detectives will continue to work on these cases even after the arrests to ensure that all victims are identified and represented in the coming judicial process.
Anyone that has more information about recent criminal activity in the Santa Nella area is urged to call Detective Ramirez at (209)710-6005 or Detective Soto at (209)710-6006. Residents of the Santa Nella area are encouraged to come forward with any information that they have. The Sheriff is committed to ensuring that residents live in peace without fear of falling victim to the criminal element.