On January 17, 2020, the Merced Police Department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit
(GVSU) officers responded to the Kewl Cats night club located at 1111 Motel Drive, where they contacted several gang members.
Officers located a car that was connected to the gang members, inside the car Officers noticed in plain view two AR-15 rifles.
Officers authored a search warrant for the car and also located 2 handguns all weapons with ammunition.
19-year-old Jantey Lawrence and 21-year-old Deangelo Arce were both arrested and booked to the Merced County jail on weapons charges and gang enhancements.
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 police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the ‘keyword’ in the text message.