Fresno police announced Wednesday that they identified a suspect who allegedly stole a woman’s purse on Nov. 18 at El Mercado Market in southeast Fresno.
Sgt. Mark Hudson said gang member Richard Felipe Merino, 26, is also wanted on suspicion of child endangerment and is on felony probation for burglary, with a $50,000 warrant for his arrest.
Hudson said video surveillance shows Merino entering El Mercado Market on the 4700 block of East Belmont Avenue with three small children and then taking the victim’s purse from the manager’s office.
Police said Merino has been seen driving a white 1996 Chrysler mini van, California license plate 5CZH522. He’s also been seen driving a dark blue 1998 four-door Honda, with a California license plate 7GLG426.
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Anyone with information on where Merino may be located is asked to call detective Donnie Dinnell at (559) 621-6334, or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP (7867). Up to $1,000 is available for information leading to an arrest. The Fresno Police Department case number for this investigation is 14-84469.