MERCED COUNTY, CA Through investigation the last four days Sheriff’s Detectives have identified four suspects responsible for the armed home invasion that occurred at 3192 Franklin Rd in the Merced area. The four suspects have been identified as Wilfredo Negrete 05/02/86 (Deceased), Fabian Martinez 11/16/88 (Arrested 03/15/2016), Mitch Lira 04/17/80 (Arrested 03/16/16), and Kao Saeteurn 12/25/84 (Arrested 03/18/16). The three surviving suspects were/will be booked on murder charges as a result of Wilfredo Negrete’s death which occurred during the home invasion robbery. We believe that all three surviving suspects were active participants in the home invasion robbery along with Negrete.
Both Fabian Martinez and Mitch Lira were shot during the home invasion robbery and have since been treated and are recovering from their gunshot wounds.
The motive for the home invasion robbery is still under investigation.
Detectives are still actively investigating this case
The case will be submitted to the District Attorney for review.