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Two Friday robberies reported in Merced

Merced police responded to two robberies on Friday, less than an hour apart. One of the incidents resulted in an arrest.

The first robbery was reported at 5:30 p.m. at Yum Yum Doughnuts, 2931 G St., according to a Merced police news release. No injuries were reported.

The robber entered the business, brandished a handgun and ordered four customers to get on the ground. He pointed the gun at the clerk and demanded money. The clerk handed over some cash and the robber left on foot, traveling toward the Creekside Apartments in the 2800 block of Park Avenue.

Witnesses said the robber then got into a light-colored sedan, driven by a Latino female, with a Latino male passenger, and left the area.

The robber was described as a Latino male, between 18 and 20 years old, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, and 180 to 190 pounds.

The other robbery was reported at 6:46 p.m. at the 99 Cents Only Store, 1111 W. Olive Ave., according to police.

Police said the victim was walking in front of the store when he was allegedly approached by the suspect, Daniel Hunter, 22, of Atwater. Hunter allegedly demanded the victim’s property, officers said, but the victim refused to hand it over and kept walking toward the store.

Hunter allegedly jumped on the victim’s back, forced him to the ground, took his backpack and fled, according to police.

Two citizens witnessed the incident and tackled Hunter, detaining him until officers arrived at the scene. Hunter was arrested and booked into the Merced County jail on suspicion of robbery. The value of the property that was stolen and later returned to the victim was around $100, police said.

Police are asking anyone with information about these cases to call Sgt. Scott Skinner at (209) 385-4702 or the automated tipline at (209) 385-4725. Tips are kept confidential and callers can remain anonymous.

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