MERCED, CA – At approximately 8:45 p.m. this evening, a Merced man was traveling south on G Street when he noticed a male subject tagging in the alleyway across from the Circle K at 21st Street and G. The good Samaritan called the Merced PD and followed the subject as he made his way south along G Street tagging a couple of other locations.
The good Samaritan saw an officer passing by and he was able to flag him down, pointed out the tagger in the area of 13th and G Streets. The officer saw the tagger in action tried to detain him but the tagger took off running up the on ramp before he coming back down the side of the on ramp. The officer and the good Samaritan gave chase and were able to tackle and wrestle the man into handcuffs in the area of 13th and G Streets.
The tagger was identified as Gustavo Maldonado of Merced.