According to a recent report from the Merced Police Department, on February 14th, 2020, at approximately 11:17 officers responded to Kewl Cats located at 1111 Motel Drive, for a report of an assault that took place.
Upon arrival, officers located two men who were assaulted, one was taken to a local hospital for treatment after he was knocked out unconscious according to a witness.
Shortly after the investigation, Merced Police Department’s Gang Violence Suppression
Unit (GVSU) stopped a van in the 100 block of East 16th Street.
Police say the van was occupied by
gang members 21-year-old Deangelo Arce, 19-year-old Charles Jasper, 27-year-old Andrae Allen, 19-year-old Jaunte Lawrence and 20-year-old Maya Wilkins. During the a search of the van, officers located a loaded handgun.
During the investigation, officers determined that all five gang members were involved in the assault that took place at the Kewl Cats nightclub where they assaulted the victim after a verbal argument.
All five gang members were arrested and booked at the Merced County jail for felony
assault, weapons charges and gang enhancements.
A recent search on https://www.crimemapping.com/map/ca/merced shows Kewl Cats has more calls than The Star Club, O’Reighly’s, and The Partisan.
The report shows over a four week period from 01-18-2020 to 02-14-2020 (28 days) and found that compared to the Partisan they only had one call regarding a suspicious person, The Star Club had one call for a disturbance and another for a theft/larceny and O’Ryleigh’s tavern had zero calls. Kewl Kats had a total of seven calls over that period with four disturbance calls and three assault calls.
Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact
Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU) Sgt. Rodriguez at (209)385-4710 or GVSU@cityofmerced.orq or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-
The public can send information via anonymous text messages to the police
department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the
“keyword” in the text message.