MERCED, CA – The Merced County Sheriff’s Department booking records show that a Modesto man has been arrested for First Degree Murder and is being held at the Merced County Sheriff’s Main Jail on a $1.5 million dollar bond.
The suspect’s name is Freddy Dominic Bell and he has also been arrested for assault with a semiautomatic rifle and robbery. The 22-year-old suspect was arrested in January of 2016 for robbery and conspiracy to commit a crime and in October of 2015 for child endangerment and possession of marijuana for sale. No disposition was listed for the earlier cases.
FROM A PREVIOUS PRESS RELEASE REGARDING MR BELL’S EARLIER ARREST IN JANUARY
On Saturday 01-16-2016 at 11:46 PM, Merced Police Officers were dispatched to the alleyway behind 450 W Main Street for a shooting after an attempted armed robbery. Officers arrived on scene and found a gunshot victim with non-life threatening injuries.
Officer Arias arrived in the area and saw two possible suspects running from the scene. Officer Arias was able to apprehend Dominic Bell (Age 22). The second suspect continued running and ran into the Sierra Meadows senior apartment complex in the 700 block of West 15th Street.
Merced Police Officers with the assistance of Merced County Sheriff Deputies set a perimeter around the apartment complex. Merced Police Department K9 Rex was called to assist in locating the suspect. Within approximately 5 minutes of starting the search for the suspect, K9 Rex was able to track the suspect. The suspect was found hiding, concealing himself in the bushes behind the apartment complex.
The suspect (Juvenile, Age 17) was taken into custody without incident and found to be armed with a loaded handgun. The 17 year old juvenile suspect was arrested for attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery and conspiracy. Dominic Bell was arrested for robbery and conspiracy.
This was the third suspect located and apprehended by K9 Rex in under 30 days. On 12-20-15, a suspect ran from MPD officers after a vehicle pursuit on a stolen four wheel quad. On 01-01-16, a parolee with several warrants for his arrest also ran from MPD officers. K9 Rex was able to track and locate the suspects from both previous incidents.
Anyone with any information regarding this crime is asked to contact Detective Deliman at (209) 385-4703, or the Merced PD Tip Line at (209) 385-4725. The public can send information via anonymous text messages to police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the “keyword” in the text message.
We have called Merced PD for information on this arrest and are waiting for their reply.