Good Samaritan thwarts suspected carjacker in Winton, deputies say

Merced County Sheriff’s deputies say the acts of a good Samaritan led to the arrest of a suspected carjacker in the Winton area.

Deputies say Fabian Moreno Gonzalez, 18, was taken into custody not long after the good Samaritan, a 37-year-old man, intervened when he saw the suspect trying to steal a man’s truck.

Deputy Givo Ysael responded to the 6800 block of Winton Way about 3:30 p.m. Saturday on a report of a fight in progress. Deputies learned the victim, described as a middle-aged man, was near his truck when he was approached by Gonzalez. The suspect assaulted the man and tried to leave in the truck, according to Deputy Delray Shelton, sheriff’s spokesman.

The good Samaritan saw the attack and grabbed Gonzalez, preventing him from leaving with the victim’s truck, Shelton said. The suspect used gang slurs against the good Samaritan and the two men fought. The good Samaritan defended himself and prevailed in the struggle, Shelton said.

When the deputy arrived at the scene the two men were on the ground.

Gonzalez was treated at a local hospital and later booked at the Merced County Jail on suspicion of robbery, assault causing great bodily injury and making terrorist threats. He remains at the jail in lieu of $175,000.

The names of the good Samaritan and victim were not released because of the suspect’s alleged gang ties.