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Turlock man charged with kidnapping, elder abuse
Manuel Mercado

The Turlock Police Department arrested a 37-year-old man on charges of kidnapping and elder abuse after he injured a woman while trying to take control of her vehicle.

The suspect was identified as Manuel Mercado. Officers were able to take Mercado into custody quickly after the incident unfolded because they had just dealt with him in regards to another incident, said Turlock Police spokesperson Officer Mayra Lewis.

The incident began shortly before 9:30 a.m. Monday when officers were dispatched to Denair Park at 820 E. Main Street for a report of a disturbance. At the park officers found Mercado, who was allegedly challenging people to fight, Lewis said.

The arrival of the officers calmed the situation and no arrests were made.

Mercado was still in the area when he got into a vehicle driven by a 65-year-old female relative. The vehicle was in motion at the time, Lewis said.

Lewis said Mercado injured the woman when he forcefully rolled up the window, catching her elbow between the glass and the window frame.

Mercado allegedly tried to take control of the car by swinging his leg over the center console and forcing the woman to drive towards a house on Pioneer Avenue.

The officers were able to catch up to the vehicle and stop it before any more harm could be done.

Mercado was booked into Stanislaus County Jail on charges of kidnapping and elder abuse. He remains in custody in lieu of a $50,000 bail.