MERCED - Police have identified a "person of interest" in the homicide of Derrias Orlando Chartley, who was shot early Saturday morning in the parking lot of the V Street Lounge at 1277 V Street.
A search warrant was issued for Kao Fou Saetern, 26, of Merced. He was seen driving a white Lexus and was stopped by officers with the Gang Violence Suppression Unit. During a search of his vehicle, officers uncovered 45 individually-wrapped pieces of rock cocaine, weighing a total of 17 grams. Officers also searched Saetern's home, but no evidence was found.
He was brought to police headquarters for questioning. He admitted to being at the V Street Lounge at the time of the shooting, but denied being the shooter, police said. A vehicle similar to Saetern's car was seen leaving the bar after the shooting, police said.
He was booked into Merced County Jail on drug and gang charges. He is being held without bail.
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Anyone with information may call Merced Police Detective C.R. Russell at 209-385-4707 or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at 209-385-4725.