Two suspects have been arrested in an alleged strong-armed robbery reported earlier this month in El Nido.
Kevin Insy, 19, and a 16-year-old male juvenile were taken into custody Friday after Merced County sheriff's detectives conducted surveillance on a house in the 200 block of R Street in Merced, said deputy Tom MacKenzie, sheriff's spokesman.
The suspects were tracked down after the car used in the crime was recognized by sheriff's investigators. The two are accused of beating a 17-year-old boy in the 10000 block of South Highway 59 on March 2, MacKenzie said.
The incident happened after the victim and two boys had left track practice and were at a bus stop. A black and red car with four men drove by, MacKenzie said, and they began flashing gang signs.
The car turned around and the suspects asked the boys what gang they belonged to. The boys said they didn't belong to a gang and didn't want any problems. The assailants got out of the car and began beating the victim, taking his school bag and the other boys' cell phones.
Insy is being held at Merced County Jail in lieu of $350,000 bail, while the 16-year-old is being held without bail.
MacKenzie said there are still other suspects at large in the case. Investigators are asking anyone with information to call (209) 385-7472. Tips are kept confidential, and you can remain anonymous.
Reporter Victor A. Patton can be reached at (209) 385-2431 or firstname.lastname@example.org.