NAME: Sergio Mercado
DESCRIPTION: 18 years old; 6 feet 2 inches tall; 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. Sheriff’s officials have said Mendoza, a Sureño gang member, was shot near Dallas and Lassen avenues in south Modesto during a gang-related confrontation.
NOTES: Authorities believe Mercado may be in the Hayward or Fremont areas.
REPORT A TIP: Sheriff’s officials ask anyone with information about Mercado’s whereabouts to call Detective David Hickman at (209) 525-7042 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can email through the Crime Stoppers website, www.stancrimetips.org, or text tips to CRIMES (274637) by typing “Tip704” plus a message. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.