Most Wanted: Sergia Mercado

July 23, 2013 

• NAME: Sergio Mercado

• CHARGE: Murder

• DESCRIPTION: 18 years old, 6 feet 2 inches,140 pounds, black hair, brown eyes

• THE CASE: Mercado is wanted by the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department on suspicion of murder in the April 19 shooting of 23-year-old Omar Mendoza.

• NOTES: Sheriff's officials said Mendoza, a Sureño gang member, was shot near Dallas and Lassen avenues in south Modesto during a gang-related confrontation. Authorities said they believe Mercado may be in the Hayward or Fremont areas.

• REPORT A TIP: Police ask anyone with information about Mercado's whereabouts to call sheriff's Detective David Hickman at (209) 525-7042 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can email tips through the Crime Stoppers website,, or text tips to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus a message. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward.

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