Brothers arrested on gun possession charges during McNamara Park patrol

Two brothers were arrested Thursday on suspicion of gun possession in the area of McNamara Park in south Merced, police reported

Matthew Galvan, 26, and Ruben Galvan, 24, were taken into custody in the 1200 block of K Street, according to Sgt. Chris Goodwin.

About 12:56 p.m., officers Rey Alvarez and Eddie Drum of the department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit were patrolling the area of McNamara Park. The area is a high crime and high gang area where a shooting happened within the past two weeks, a Merced police news release said.

While the officers were patrolling the area, they saw the suspects sitting on picnic tables in the park with open containers. The officers recognized both men from prior contacts. They contacted the men and started to place them under arrest for the open containers.

Ruben Galvan allegedly tried to pull away but was taken into custody without incident. While searching Ruben Galvan, the officers found a loaded 9 millimeter firearm in his waistband. It was later discovered that the firearm was stolen in Fresno, according to police.

Both men are documented gang members. They were booked at Merced County Jail on suspicion of felony possession of a firearm, possession of a concealed weapon, possession of stolen property and gang enhancements.