Merced man arrested after threatening ten-year-old boy and mother with a gun

Merced Police officers arrested 19-year-old Vincent Villafan after he threatened a ten-year-old boy and his mother with a firearm in a North Merced park.

Authorities say the victim provided police with a description and location of Villafan, he was later located loitering in the 1200 block of Daylight Drive.

Upon searching Villafan, police found a stolen Springfield XD 9mm pistol concealed in his waistband. Villafan was taken into custody and booked to the Merced County Jail for terrorist threats, possession of a stolen firearm, and brandishing a weapon.

Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact Officer DeJong at 209-388-7722 or by email at

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