Narcotics arrest - 257 lbs of processed Marijuana
LOCATION:  Woodlake area          DATE:  12-20-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-60995         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Woodlake

S-1  Odubaldo Campos, 47 yoa, Cuban/American out of Tampa, Florida
S-2  Segundo Gonzalez, 43 yoa,  Cuban/American out of Tampa, Florida
S-3 Ricardo Rodriguez   36 yoa,  Cuban/American out of Tampa, Florida
S-4 Orlando Guevara   36 yoa,     Cuban/American out of Tampa, Florida      


On 12/20/11 Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Dept. S.T.E.P. (Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel) Unit concluded one aspect of a  month long investigation into interstate trafficking of marijuana grown in California. Acting on a tip from concerned citizens S.T.E.P. detectives attention was drawn to a residence in the 37700 block of Rd. 197, near Woodlake as possibly being involved in marijuana trafficking.

On 12/19/11 at 2230 hrs detectives were involved in routine highway interdiction of vehicles in the area of  the 37700 Rd. 197 residence when they observed, then stopped a big-rig trailer on Ave. 384 at Rd. 140.  The big-rig had just left the residence on Rd. 197

A search of the cab and trailer found a full load of oranges bound for Jacksonville and Tampa Florida. However closer inspection found a large void in the middle of the load of packing crates containing approx. 257 pounds of packaged, processed marijuana. Suspect’s # 1 and #2, both Cuban Americans from Florida, admitted they were en route to Florida with the cargo, but denied any knowledge of the marijuana they were transporting.

A short time later suspect #3 and #4, also out of the Tampa Florida area, left the residence and were detained. The subsequent search warrant served at the residence found another 75 lbs of marijuana packaged exactly the same as that found in the trailer. In addition, various vacuum sealers, scales, pay/owe sheets and a handgun were discovered at the residence. All four suspects were arrested and booked at the Tulare County Main Jail without incident.

It should be noted that the wholesale price of a pound of marijuana in California is around $1,200 per pound of processed bud. The wholesale price of that same pound in Florida is around $4,000 per pound. Once the marijuana is packaged into smaller amounts the street price may be as high as $6,000 per pound. Making this seizure of 330 pounds potentially worth $1,900,000 on the streets of Florida. It has become an ongoing problem that Drug Trafficking Organizations hide behind California Medical Marijuana Laws to grow, process and package marijuana in California then send it to other states where it fetches a higher sales price.

This case is still under investigation by the TCSO STEP Unit. Any information should be forwarded to Sgt. Jim Franks at the S.T.E.P. unit.

 

A photograph or the marijuana seized is location the the Sheriff's Flickr page at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/6556106111/in/photostream

 
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Two Arrested on Narcotics Case
LOCATION:  5400 block of Knox Ave. Alpaugh          DATE:  12-21-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-70193         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Alpaugh

After a four week investigation into  illicit drug sales in the unincorporated community of Alpaugh in Tulare County, Investigators with the Sheriff’s Departments Narcotics Division served a search warrant in the 5400 blk of Knox Ave. The ensuing investigation revealed approximately 15.5 grams of Methamphetamine packaged for sales, with a street value of $1,500.00, eight (8) pounds of processed Marijuana, some packaged for sales and some in bulk, with a street value of $ 8,000.00, two recovered stolen handguns, a shotgun, ammunition and numerous live rounds of ammunition along with scales, packaging material and items associated with the illicit sales of narcotics.

 

Both subjects at the residence were taken into custody without incident and booked on the following charges:

Juan Martinez Colchado, age 55 of Alpaugh: Possession  and possession of methamphetamine for sales; Possession of marijuana for sales; Possession of a firearm during a narcotic transaction;   Possession of stolen property; Felon in possession of ammunition; felon in possession of a firearm.

Guadalupe Juarez Heredia, age 58 of Alpaugh: Possession of methamphetamine for sales; Possession of marijuana for sales; Possession of marijuana.

Both subject’s are being held at the Tulare County Jail in lieu of bail at this time.

Photos available through the Mail Jail.

 
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836-496/148 PC, Possession of stolen property and Resisting arrest
LOCATION:  Visalia          DATE:  12-19-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-16271         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Suspect: Oglesby, Shawn Michael

 

            On 12-19-11 at 1556 hrs, Deputies attempted to contact Shawn Michael Oglesby, who was riding a bicycle in the area of Pinkham and “K” streets in the city of Visalia.  Oglesby was wanted in connection with recent burglaries in the county jurisdiction.  Oglesby fled from Deputies on the bicycle.  He was apprehended after a short foot pursuit, when his bicycle collided with a police vehicle.  Oglesby was transported by ambulance to the Kaweah Delta Medical Center, where he was treated and later released.  He was subsequently booked into the Tulare County Main Jail.

 

The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.  Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Detective Joe Rodriguez or Sergeant Harold Liles at 559-735-1877 or 24 hrs at 559-733-6218.

 

        

 

 

 
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PC 460- Burglary into an occupied residence
LOCATION:  300 block of La Fond          DATE:  12-14-11          TIME:  1510 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-16459         VICTIM:  18 yr old female          CITY:  Tipton

S-1 / Delgado, Gustavo 30 years old, Delano

S-2 / Aguilar, Anabel 33 years old, Delano


On 12-14-11, 1510 hours, the Tulare County Sheriff's Department responded to an address in Tipton regarding a report of a home invasion. Upon arrival it was discovered that 2 unknown suspects arrived at the victims’ residence and knocked on the front door. When no one answered, one suspect forced entry into the rear of the residence. The victim fled out the front door and escaped to a nearby neighbors’ residence. A B.O.L. was broadcast of the suspects’ description and a vehicle with two possible suspects were located and detained by Delano Police. Subsequent to the following investigation the two detained suspects were later arrested for P.C. 460 and booked at the Tulare County Jail.

The case is under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department

 
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11377 HS- Possession of a controlled substance
LOCATION:  Wade/Luton          DATE:  12-13-11          TIME:  2042 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-16434         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Tulare

On the above date and time Tulare County Deputies contacted Flores during a traffic stop.  Deputies found Flores to be in possession of a controlled substance and he was taken into custody.  The case is still under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.

 
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246 PC- Shooting into an occupied structure
LOCATION:  14300 block of A384          DATE:  12-12-11          TIME:  2358 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-16386         VICTIM:  Martin Fierro          CITY:  Yettem

On 12-12-11 at approximately 2358 hrs, Deputies responded to the 14300 block of Ave 384 in Yettem, regarding gunshots fired at a residence.  Upon arrival the unknown suspect’s had fled the scene.  Martin Fierro and family were not injured.

Case remains under investigation by TCSO.

 
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11377, 3056-Poss of a controlled substance, Parole Violation
LOCATION:  600 blcok of N. Kern          DATE:  12-8-11          TIME:  0700 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-40295         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Farmersville

On 12-08-2011 the Inter Agency Narcotic Enforcement Team (I.N.E.T.) consisting of personnel from Farmersville Police Department, Visalia Police Department, Lindsay Police Department, Exeter Police Department, Tulare County Probation and the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department concluded a one month narcotic investigation by serving a search warrant in the 600 Block of North Kern in the City of Farmersville. 
Upon securing the residence detectives searched the residence and located a small amount of methamphetamine and a small amount of marijuana.  

Suspect Martha Cortez was arrested, transported and booked into the Tulare County Sheriff Bob Wiley Detention facility for possession of a controlled substance. Suspect Daniel Lewis was arrested, transported and booked into the Tulare County Sheriff Main Jail for a parole violation.






This case is still under investigation.

 
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487 PC Grand Theft (recovery)
LOCATION:  Rd. 116, north of Ave. 408-Cutler          DATE:  12-11-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-16323         VICTIM:  Wawona Packing Company          CITY: 

Off duty Dinuba PD officer, reported two suspicious tractors parked in an open field on Rd. 116, north of Ave. 408. Deputies responded and ran serial numbers to tractors, and located markings possibly linking tractors owners as Wawona Packing.  Shop Foreman responded and confirmed tractors belonged to the company.  Tractors were stolen from company storage lot located on Ave. 408 and Rd. 116 in Orosi. Property recovered and returned to owners. No known suspects, one of the tractors appeared to have been disabled / stuck at the scene.

Property Recovered:  Two tractors valued at $46,000.00 combined;  1) Case Tractor Model 580C front loader, backhoe tractor - $35,000.00  2) Mahindra tractor model 3016 -$11,000.00

 
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11377HS/ POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
LOCATION:  Rd. 136 and Ave. 396, Cutler          DATE:  12-09-11          TIME:  0010
CASE NUMBER:  11-16226         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Suspect arrested:  Fermin Ramirez 28 yrs

 

Deputy conducted a traffic stop near Rd. 136 and Ave. 396, Cutler, contacted a female driver and right front passenger Ramirez.  Ramirez on active parole.  A consent search of vehicle, resulted in recovery of a glass meth pipe and approx. 2.5 - 3 grams of crystal methamphetamine, determined to be in Ramirez' possession. He was arrested and booked at Main Jail without incident.

 
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Vandalism- Detonating an explosive device
LOCATION:  41800 block of Road 42          DATE:  12-7-11          TIME:  1830 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-16172         VICTIM:  Mike Jackson          CITY:  Reedley

At 1930 hours,  TCSO Deputies were dispatched to the 41800 block of Rd 42,  Reedley to investigate a reported mailbox  being destroyed.   Deputies found remnants of a commercial firecracker type device used to destroy the mailbox.  Suspect(s) responsible are unknown.  

Case remains under investigation by TCSO.

 
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211 PC-Robery
LOCATION:  14300 block of Ave 400          DATE:  12-7-11          TIME:  1000 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-16143         VICTIM:  Danny Rivera          CITY:  Cutler

Victim: Danny Rivera On 12/7/11 at approximately 1000 hours deputies from the Orosi Substation responded to an address at the 14300 block of Avenue 364 regarding a report of a man with a gun. Once on scene deputies determined that a robbery had occurred which resulted in an approximate $100 property loss. The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office.

 
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Manufacturing of Meth/Manuf w/child under 16 in res./Poss and Sales/Child Endangerment
LOCATION:  14800 block of Ave 88          DATE:  12-7-2011          TIME:  0700 Hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-70188         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Pixley

After a five (5) month investigation into the illicit sales of narcotics in the south Tulare County area, The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Division served a search warrant in the 14800 blk of Ave 88 in Pixley, Ca.
  The search warrant revealed a working Methamphetamine Ice conversion lab. Located on the premises were several adults as well as children. The investigation determined that liquid methamphetamine was being turned into “ICE”, a pure form of methamphetamine, all while children were in the residence. An amount of liquid methamphetamine was seized and had it been allowed to finish being processed would have yielded three (3) plus pounds of “ICE” which would have had a conservative street value of $60, 000.00 to $80,000.00.
  Both Suspects were booked into the Tulare County Jail system and are being held in lieu of $1,000,000.00 bail.

 

Suspect #1- David Vega- 50 yrs old

Suspect #2- Arminda Vega- 37 yrs old

  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Departments Narcotics Division.


Photos available through the Main Jail.

 
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Extortion, Utilizing a Minor to Commit a Felony, Narcotics Charges
LOCATION:  Cutler Orosi Area          DATE:  12-04-06          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-60100         VICTIM:           CITY:  Cutler Orosi Area

Suspect: Cisneros, Sandra Age: 33 yrs.
City of Residence:  10700 Block of Simpson Ave. in the Town of Munson.

Suspect: Cabrera, Gustavo Espinoza Age: 36 yrs.
City of Residence:  340 Block of West Bravo in the City of Woodlake

Suspect: Cabrera, Adrian Espinoza     Age: 38 yrs.

 

On 12-04-11 Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriffs Department Narcotics Task Force along with personnel from the Tulare County District Attorneys office conducted a joint investigation and surveillance operation. Investigators from the Tulare County District Attorney’s office gathered information regarding subjects extorting money from small businesses in the Cutler/Orosi area. Detectives conducted the operation in the Cutler/Orosi area and observed Suspect Cisneros utilize a 14 yr. old teenager to collect a payment for an illegal loan. Suspect Cisneros left the area in her vehicle and detectives contacted her in the Wal-Mart parking lot in the City of Dinuba. Detectives transported the victim back to the Orosi Sheriff Sub Station. Detectives served a search warrant at the Simpson Address. Detectives located pay/owe notes, financial records and approximately 10 pounds of processed marijuana.


Suspect Sandra Cisneros was arrested, transported and booked into the Tulare County Sheriff’s Bob Wiley Detention facility for the following charges:
520 P.C.                 Extortion
653 j P.C.               Induces, encourages or intimidates any minor with the intent to commit a felony
1916 J (b) C.C.      Loan of money

Suspect Cabrera, Adrian Espinoza was in custody in the Tulare County Jail and was charged with the following charges:
520 P.C.                  Extortion
653 j P.C.                Induces, encourages or intimidates any minor with the intent to commit a felony
1916 J (b) C.C.        Loan of money

Suspect Cabrera, Gustavo Espinoza  was contacted later that evening and was arrested for the following charges:
520 P.C.                  Extortion
653 j P.C.                Induces, encourages or intimidates any minor with the intent to commit a felony

This case is still under investigation and anyone with information regarding this case or similar incidents are encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.

 
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Burglary - Ivanhoe Mini Mart
LOCATION:  Ivanhoe          DATE:  12-07-11          TIME:  0308 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-16134         VICTIM:  Ivanhoe Mini Mart          CITY:  Ivanhoe

On 12/07/2011 at 0308 hours the deputy working the Ivanhoe area was conducting business checks when he discovered that someone had burglarized the Ivanhoe Mini Mart.   The business owner was contact and responded to the business.  It was confirmed that unknown person (s) had entered the store and stolen a undetermined amount of cash and merchandise.

The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.    Anyone with information is asked to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at (24 hours) 559-733-6218.

 
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Crime- PC 182, PC 594, PC 186.22
LOCATION:  Ave 384/Rd 128, Cutler          DATE:  12/06/2011          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

Taken into custody:   Eric Lopez age 21 yrs

 

Charges:

On the above date and time, CHP Officers from the Visalia Office observed a suspicious vehicle parked along Ave. 384 next to a state highway sign. CHP Officers observed the sign had been vandalized with fresh gang graffiti in black spray paint. CHP requested assistance from TCSO. One of the vehicle’s occupants, Eric Lopez was determined to be a validated gang member. Eric Lopez was subsequently arrested for gang graffiti vandalism. Eric Lopez was later booked into Tulare County Main Jail.

Case remains under investigation by TCSO

 
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Sheriff's Open House Invitation
LOCATION:  2404 W. Burrel, Visalia          DATE:  12-07-2011          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

Open House
&
P.A.L. Bicycle Give-away
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
9 AM to 2 PM
Sheriff’s Headquarters
2404 W. Burrel Avenue
Visalia, Ca
(559) 636-4716
Refreshments Provided

 

Link for invitation is on Sheriff's Flickr page at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/6462634849/in/photostream

 
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148PC, 166.4PC,20002( a )VC, 12500(a),2800.2(a) VC
LOCATION:  12400 block of Amethyst Ave, Cutler Ca          DATE:  12-02-2011          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-15962         VICTIM:  State Of California          CITY: 

Suspect:  Luna, Jose De Jesus  DOB: 08-07-1979   Incustody

Charges: Resisting Arrest, Violation of Court Order, Hit & Run w/Damages, Operating a Vehicle w/o a License

On Friday,12/02/11 1200 hrs to 2200 hrs Tulare County Sheriff Deputies were conducting Gang Supression Enforcement in the Cutler/Orosi communities.

At 1333 hrs while serving arrest warrants in Cutler deputies spotted (S) Luna whom they had been attempting to serve w/ domestic violence warrants for the past several weeks. (S) Luna was observed driving his 1995’ Volvo, when deputies turned around to contact him (S) Luna attempted to evade them by making several evasive turns in the neighborhood. After pursuing (S) Luna for approximately one minute deputies caught up to him and took him into custody when he failed to negotiate a turn and crashed his Volvo into a fence. (S) Luna had previously been served with a Criminal Street Gang Injunction Order and he will receive additional charges for the violation.

 
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664/187pc Attempted Murder
LOCATION:  Richgrove          DATE:  12-02-11          TIME:  1729
CASE NUMBER:  11-15970         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 12/2/11 at approximately 1729 hours, Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Deputies responded to the Richgrove area regarding a gunshot wound victim. 

Violent Crimes Detectives also responded and the investigation revealed the victim had been shot by unknown suspect(s).  The victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment and is in stable condition.

The case is under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, Violent Crimes Unit; anyone with information regarding this incident can contact Detectives   at (559)733-6218 or (800)808-0488.

 
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11350 HS, 594 PC
LOCATION:  Residence on Tactacan Orosi          DATE:  11-30-11          TIME:  1900-1925
CASE NUMBER:  11-15902         VICTIM:  The State Of California          CITY: 

Narrative: On 11-30-2011 at 1928 hours, Deputies were dispatched to a residence in Orosi, for a reported disturbance.

Upon arrival, Deputies contacted the suspect, Lorenzo Gy (DOB 5-10-1993), in his mothers residence.  Deputies placed Lorenzo under arrest for felony vandalism and possession of a controlled substance.  Lorenzo was transported and booked at the Main Jail.

 
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Felonly Warrant Service for Homicide Charges
LOCATION:  41700 block of Road 105, Sultana          DATE:  11-29-11          TIME:  1400 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-60957         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Arrested:

Emilios Valdovinos, age 55 of Sultana

On 11-29-11 at approximately 1400 hrs. Detectives from the Sheriff Tactical Enforcement Team were conducting a follow up on a referral for possible marijuana cultivation occurring at a residence in the 41700 Block of Rd. 105, Orosi. Detectives had contacted several subjects at the location regarding the cultivation of marijuana. Detectives conducted warrant checks on the subjects and were informed that Subject Emilio Valdovinos had an active arrest warrant for homicide. The origin of the warrant was issued by the U.S. Marshal service. Subject Valdovinos, Emilio was arrested, transported and booked into the Tulare County Jail for the arrest warrant.

 
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Wanted Homicide Suspect Now in Custody
LOCATION:  500 Block of E. Washington, Earlimart          DATE:  01-14-2011          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-00596         VICTIM:  Ignacio Gonzalez & Victor Almaguer          CITY:  Earlimart

On 11/29/2011 at approximately 2130 hours, SUSPECT: Antonio Galino Valdez , 23 years old from Earlmart, Also known as “Peanut” turned himself in to the Sheriff’s Department Headquarters. He was arrested on the outstanding murder warrant without incident and was booked at the Main Jail.

Anyone who has information regarding this homicide investigation is asked to contact Detective Maria Lomeli or Sgt. Gary Hunt from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Violent Crimes Unit at 735-1898.  Information can also be provided to the Sheriff’s Department at the TIP NOW hot line 559-725-4194 or by text message to tcso@tipnow.com

PRIOR NEWS RELEASES LISTED UNDER PRESS CONFERENCE 11-22-2011 AND hOMICIDE DATED 01-14-2011

 
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UPDATE: Additional Arrests Made
LOCATION:  Tulare CA          DATE:  11/28 & 29          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-40185         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Tulare, CA

UPDATE 11-30-11:
On November 30, 2011 at approximately 0800 hours, Nebraska time, the United States Marshall’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Team located one of the outstanding suspects in regards to this Operation. Roy Pulido, 18, was located at a relative’s residence in Fremont, Nebraska and was taken into custody without incident on a felony arrest warrant issued from the Tulare County Superior Court for participation in a criminal street gang stemming from the investigation. Pulido was transported and booked at the Dodge County Jail on the listed charges. He is being held in lieu of $160,000.00 bail and is pending extradition to Tulare County.


For further information contact the USMS Jason Ferrell at (559) 487-5559.
The investigation is continuing and more arrests are anticipated.

Additional mugshot photos will be posted on "TulareSheriff" Flickr page under set titled "Press Conference 11-22-11"
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157628106012949/

UPDATE 11-29:
On November 22, 2011 the TCSD Narcotics Unit and ATF culminated a five (5) month investigation into illicit narcotics and weapons dealing from known gang members throughout the south Tulare County area which resulted in the writing and service of arrest and search warrants. The suspects have sold marijuana, methamphetamine and firearms, one if which was an automatic submachine.  Numerous persons were arrested on November 22, 2011.

 

On November 28, 2011 at approximately 1800 hours the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit along with the Sheriff’s Departments Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel (STEP) Unit located one of the outstanding suspects in regards to that Operation. Nolis Devon Porchia, 25, was located at a residence in Tulare and was taken into custody without incident on a Federal Arrest warrant requested by the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives. Porchia was transported and booked at the Fresno County Jail on the Federal Charges.

 

On November 29, 2011 at approximately 1530 hours the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit along with Deputies from the Pixley Substation located another one of the outstanding suspects in regards to that Operation. Robert Ruiz, 20, was located at a residence in Tipton and was taken into custody without incident on a Felony Arrest warrant for Possession and sales of Methamphetamine (2 cnts), Sales of a Firearm (2 cnts) and Gang Enhancements. Ruiz was transported and booked at the Tulare County Jail on the listed charges and is being held in lieu of $185,000.00 bail.


The investigation is continuing and more arrests are anticipated.

Additional mugshot photos will be posted on "TulareSheriff" Flickr page under set titled "Press Conference 11-22-11"
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157628106012949/

 

Prior release is listed below under "Sheriff's Press Conference".

 
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Open House for new Air Support Unit
LOCATION:  Visalia Municipal Airport, AMS Avionics Hanger          DATE:  11-29-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

Media is welcome to come:
 
Please join Sheriff Bill Wittman and his staff as they introduce the new Patrol Aircraft. The new aircraft, a Flight Design model CTLE, is the first Light Sport category aircraft that has been designed for public safety use. The two seat carbon-fiber construction aircraft comes complete with police and fire radios, a color and infrared camera and a high power searchlight.


The aircraft will be flown on a regular bases in support of patrol activities. Additionally, the aircraft will be used to patrol critical infrastructure in Tulare County, such as dams and the Friant-Kern Canal. This is the first light sport aircraft to be used full time to support law enforcement in the United States. With it’s 100 hoursepower engine and aerodynamic design, this aircraft will do 95% of what a helicopter can do at less than one-tenth the cost.


Please join us for more detailed information, demonstrations and conversations with the Air Support Unit Pilots


Open House
Tulare County Sheriff’s Air Support Unit
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Visalia Municipal AirportAMS Avionics Hanger
(located at the base of the rotating beacon)RSVP (559) 636-4717
 

Photos and invitation can be located on the Sheriff's Flickr page:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157628043485229/

 
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Attempted Murder / Assault with a Deadly Weapon
LOCATION:  20000 block of Ave 376, Woodlake          DATE:  11-27-11          TIME:  2145
CASE NUMBER:  11-15768         VICTIM:  Multiple          CITY:  Woodlake

Suspect: Chris Elizade, 31

Victims: Brizen Wooden, 22 and Laura Merritt, 31

Crime: 664/187 PC, 245PC, 246.3PC

Narrative:

On 11-27-11 at approximately 2145 hrs, deputies responded to a disturbance at a residence in Woodlake.  Upon arrival, deputies found the residence unattended, however, evidence of a physical altercation at the scene.  Subsequent investigation located a female victim suffering from a gunshot wound to her leg.  The victim was contacted while being treated at KDMC for her injuries.  Further investigation found her gunshot wound was sustained during an altercation involving Mr. Wooden and (S) Elizade.

The suspect was contacted at KDMC after transporting the victim for treatment and was taken into custody without incident.  The suspect was the victim's boyfriend and booked into the Tulare County Main Jail.

Case currently being further investigated by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.

 
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Possession of an illegal firearm, Possession of Marijuana for sales, Possession of a firearm during
LOCATION:  12400 Block of Amethyst, Cutler          DATE:  11-26-11          TIME:  1407
CASE NUMBER:  11-80288         VICTIM:  State of California          CITY: 

   Suspect: George Aquino    Age: 19

On 11-26-2011, Detectives with the North County Gang Violence Suppression Unit were assigned to the Cutler-Orosi area to conduct probation searches and attempt warrant services. At approximately 1407 Hours, Detectives responded to a residence in the 12400 block of Amethyst Ave in Cutler for an attempt warrant service. During the contact, Detectives located a sawed off shotgun inside the residence and detained the above suspect. Detectives then obtained a search warrant for residence and located an additional handgun, ammunition, packaging material, and over 2 ounces of marijuana. The above suspect was arrested and booked at the Main Jail on the above charges.

    This case is currently being investigated by Detectives with the North County Gang Unit.

 
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PC 496 (Possession of stolen property), PC 487 (Grand theft), PC 12022.1 (Committing a crime while o
LOCATION:  14900 block of Road 208          DATE:  11-25-2011          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-15667         VICTIM:  Rockford School          CITY:  Porterville

SUSPECT: MARK WALKER DOB: 12-12-78 ARRESTED & BOOKED

On 11-25-11 at approximately 1530 hours, Deputies responded to Rockford School (14900 block of Road 208) in Porterville in regards to a theft of a historical artifact. The reporting party advised that someone had stolen the historic bell off the monument in front of the school. School officials advised the bell has been at the school since its induction in 1862. School officials estimated the value of the bell at approximately $50,000.00.

Deputies reviewed surveillance video of the theft and recognized the suspect car. During a two day investigation, Deputies eventually located the stolen bell and arrested the suspect. The suspect was identified as Mark Walker Jr.

The stolen bell was eventually returned to Rockford School.

Walker was booked at the Porterville Substation for PC 496 (Possession of stolen property), PC 487 (Grand theft), PC 12022.1 (Committing a crime while out on bail).

 

 
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Attempted Kidnap
LOCATION:  41900 Block of Road 136 Orosi, CA          DATE:  11-25-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-15651         VICTIM:  Confidential Juvenile          CITY: 

Taken into custody were: Jonathan Estrada DOB: 06-17-88

Charges: PC 664/207

 

On 11-25-11 at approx. 1000hrs. TCSO Deputies responded to the 41900 block of Rd. 136 in Orosi regarding a disturbance. Upon arrival investigation revealed the above suspect attempted to forcefully remove a child from his father’s arms after a domestic dispute. The suspect fled the scene prior to Deputies arrival but was apprehended a short distance away. He was taken into custody for attempted kidnapping. He was booked into the Tulare County Main Jail. The case remains under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriffs Department. 

 

 

 

 

 
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245PC/Assualt with a Deadly weapon
LOCATION:  14000 block Imperial-Poplar          DATE:  11-24-2011          TIME:  1754hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-15633         VICTIM:           CITY: 

On 11-24-2011 at approximately 1754 hrs Tulare County Sheriff Deputies responded to the area of 14000 Blk Imperial in the town of Poplar for a report of gun shot wounds. Upon arrival deputies contacted 2 gun shot victims. 1 victim was treated at the scene the second victim was transported to Fresno Regional Medical Center and is listed in stable condition. This case is under the investigation of the Tulare County Sheriff Department. Anyone with information is urged to contact Tulare County Sheriff Department at 59-733-6218 or 1-800-808-0488

 
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Update on Sheriff's Press Conference
LOCATION:  Sheriff's HQ, Visalia CA          DATE:  11-22-2011          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  various         VICTIM:           CITY: 

UPDATE:
Video from Press Conference is now available on "TulareSheriff" YouTube Channel at:
http://youtu.be/wLJ8OS1zmfk

 

UPDATE:
Additional suspect arrested on Narcotic/weapons case
Steven Deniz, age 33 of Tipton, child endagerment, possession and possession for sales

 

Avaliable mugshot photos posted on "TulareSheriff" Flickr page under set titled "Press Conference 11-22-11"
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157628106012949/

 

PRIOR INFORMATION:
Sheriff Bill Wittman held a press conference today to share additional information regarding arrests made on crimes that occured in the South County and Earlimart areas.


Below is the additional information that was released:

 

Regarding case #11-00596 Homicide (additional information in prior news releases)
●  187 Occurred: January 14, 2011
●  Location:  500 block of E. Washington in Earlimart
●  Two deceased gunshot victims located at the scene and believed to be gang related
●  10 month investigation by TCSO VC and GVSU
●  November 16, 2011 = Patrol deputies arrest Angel Gutierrez on an unrelated warrant.  Angel was being sought by Violent Crimes Detectives in connection with this homicide investigation as well.  Further investigation by detectives led to Angel being charged with conspiracy to commit murder in connection to this homicide.
●  November 21, 2011 = Violent Crimes Unit, Gang Violence Suppression Unit, Narcotics/STEP Unit and Tulare County Probation served three search warrants in Earlimart.  As a result of these efforts, three more suspects were located and arrested in connection with this investigation.  All three additional suspects are being charged with conspiracy to commit murder, murder and gang enhancements.

 

Suspects in custody:
Angel Gutierrez, age 20 - Earlimart
Julio Macias, age 18 - Earlimart
Juan Perez, age 19 - Earlimart
Anthony Alcaraz, age 18 – Earlimart

Additional Suspect Sought:
Antonio Valdez, age 23 – Earlimart

 

Regading the narcotics and weapons cases:
5 month narcotic, Gang, Weapons Investigation
11 – people arrested in the Pixley Tipton area today
1 which is under federal indictment
10 of which are facing various drug, weapon and gang enhancement charges



Through the course of the five month investigation the following has been seized:
8- Firearms one of which is a submachine gun
169.8 grams of methamphetamine
13.5 pounds of processed marijuana
3 grams of cocaine
$10,000 cash
Various forms of gang indicia


SUSPECTS IN CUSTODY
Davier Porchia 23 yrs- Federally indicted on weapons and narcotics charges
Noe Torres 24 yrs sale of a firearm, cultivation of marijuana, sales of marijuana, possession of a firearm during the course of a felony
Balas Landeros 35 yrs possession of marijuana
David Deniz 28 yrs possession for transport and sales, sale of a firearm, cultivation of marijuana
Velma Conde 20 yrs child endangerment
16 month old child released to CWS
Ramon Martinez 27 yrs possession for sales, gang enhancement
Emilio Ortega 21 yrs arrested for misdemeanor domestic violence and a warrant for vandalism
Claudia Perez 21 yrs illegal sale of firearm
Moises Martinez  26 yrs Parole hold, possession of narcotics, concealed weapon, destruction of evidence
Hugo Guerrero 27 yrs possession of narcotics for sales
Ralph Ortega 19 yrs
More arrests pending

 

 

 



 
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Press Conference Regarding Criminal Activity in Earlimart Area
LOCATION:  Sheriff's HQ Lobby, 2404 W. Burrel, Visalia          DATE:  11-22-2011          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  Various         VICTIM:           CITY: 

Press Conference regarding criminal activity in Earlimart area
Sheriff's Headquarters Lobby
2404 W. Burrel, Visalia
11-22-2011
1630 hrs

 


The Sheriff will be holding a press conference regarding the recent activity with criminal cases out the Earlimart area. This press conference is to allow the media time to ask questions regarding these cases.



The two main topics will be:

  1. Case #11-00596, Homicide occurred in Earlimart on January 14, 2011
    Four suspects are now in custody with gang enhancements.
  2. Drug / Gang sweep with assistance of ATF conducted 11-22-2011
    This sweep was a result of a 5 month investigation regarding narcotics and weapons. ATF was asked to assist. Ten subjects are in custody, one of which on a Federal Indictment. Weapons and narcotics were also seized on this case. Additional information from this case will be provided at the press conference.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Sgt. Douglass at cdouglass@co.tulare.ca.us or call 559-735-1832.

 
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Update to Jan. 2011 Homicide
LOCATION:  500 Block of E. Washington, Earlimart          DATE:  01-14-2011          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-00596         VICTIM:  Ignacio Gonzalez & Victor Almaguer          CITY:  Earlimart

Suspects in custody:
Angel Gutierrez, age 20 from Earlimart
Julio Macias, age 18 from Earlimart
Juan Perez, age 19 from Earlimart
Anthony Alcaraz, age 18 from Earlimart

On January 14, 2011, Tulare County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 500 block of E. Washington in Earlimart for a report of shots fired and discovered two deceased males who had been shot and killed in a apparent gang related shooting.

On November 16, 2011, patrol deputies arrested Angel Gutierrez on an unrelated warrant.  Angel was being sought by Violent Crimes Detectives in connection with this homicide investigation as well.  Further investigation by detectives led to Angel being charged with conspiracy to commit murder in connection to this homicide. 

On November 21, 2011 Detective from the Violent Crimes Unit, Gang Violence Suppression Unit, Narcotics/STEP Unit and Tulare County Probation served three search warrants at three locations in Earlimart.  As a result of these efforts, suspects Julio Macias, Juan Perez and Anthony Alcaraz were located and arrested without incident in connection with this investigation.  All three additional suspects are being charged with conspiracy to commit murder, murder and a 186.22 gang enhancement. All of these suspects have been booked at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Main Jail.

 
Anyone who has information regarding this homicide investigation is asked to contact Detective Maria Lomeli or Sgt. Gary Hunt from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Violent Crimes Unit at 735-1898.  Information can also be provided to the Sheriff’s Department at the TIP NOW hot line 559-725-4194 or by text message to tcso@tipnow.com

 
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Possession and making fraudulent bills
LOCATION:  200 block S. Kessing Porterville          DATE:  11-20-11          TIME:  0020 hrs
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:  State of California          CITY:  Porterville

Taken into custody:

Linares, Gerardo 25 yrs of age

Charges:PC 470(d)


On 11-20-11 at approximately 0020 hrs., a Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Deputy made a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle for a vehicle code violation. Upon contacting the driver, who identified himself as Gerardo Linares, he was found to be in possession of over $200 in fraudulent $10 dollar bills. Deputies responded to the residence of Gerardo Linares where a search was conducted, and additional $10 dollar bills in the making process were located as well as $2,100 worth of fraudulent $100 dollar bills. Deputies confiscated a laptop computer and scanner/copier from the residence which is believed to have been used in the making of the counterfeit money. Gerardo Linares was booked at the Porterville substation for the above listed charge.
This case is under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.

 
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Double Homicide
LOCATION:  17700 Block Ave 304          DATE:  11-19-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11- 15422         VICTIM:  Unknown          CITY:  Uknown

On Saturday, 11/19/2011 at 1532 hours deputies responded to a call of 2 subjects that appeared to be deceased on a rural lot, just off of Avenue 304. Upon arrival they confirmed the subjects were deceased from apparent gun shot wounds.

The subjects do not appear to be associated with the property. Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit responded to investigate. The case remains under investigation at this time. An update will be posted as information is received.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Det. Rodney Klassen via the Sheriff’s Department’s Tip Now line at 559-725-4194 or text or email to tcso@tipnow. Information can remain anonymous.

 
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Open House for new Air Support Unit
LOCATION:  Visalia Municipal Airport, AMS Avionics Hanger          DATE:  11-29-11          TIME:  1:00 PM
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

Media is welcome to come:

 

Please join Sheriff Bill Wittman and his staff as they introduce the new Patrol Aircraft. The new aircraft, a Flight Design model CTLE, is the first Light Sport category aircraft that has been designed for public safety use. The two seat carbon-fiber construction aircraft comes complete with police and fire radios, a color and infrared camera and a high power searchlight.


The aircraft will be flown on a regular bases in support of patrol activities. Additionally, the aircraft will be used to patrol critical infrastructure in Tulare County, such as dams and the Friant-Kern Canal. This is the first light sport aircraft to be used full time to support law enforcement in the United States. With it’s 100 hoursepower engine and aerodynamic design, this aircraft will do 95% of what a helicopter can do at less than one-tenth the cost.


Please join us for more detailed information, demonstrations and conversations with the Air Support Unit Pilots


Open House
Tulare County Sheriff’s Air Support Unit
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
1:00 PM
Visalia Municipal Airport
AMS Avionics Hanger
(located at the base of the rotating beacon)
RSVP (559) 636-4717

 

Photos and invitation can be located on the Sheriff's Flickr page:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tularecountysheriff/sets/72157628043485229/

 
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Cultivation, Possession for sale and Transportation of Marijuana
LOCATION:  1200 block of Slaughter Ave, Porterville and Hot Springs, CA          DATE:  11-15-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:  11-60977         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY: 

Suspect: Dustin Benson, age 31, of Porterville Ca.

On 11/15/11 detectives of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department S.T.E.P. team completed a three month investigation by arresting Dustin Benson and serving search warrants at his residences in the 1200 block of Slaughter Ave. in Porterville and on Cedar Brook Trail in California Hot Springs. Benson was arrested for allegedly shipping, what he was calling, medical marijuana out of state via a commercial parcel service. The package was intercepted and traced back to Benson prior to being delivered in Ohio.

The subsequent search warrant service found that Benson is a medical marijuana recommend holder,and allowed to possess up to 90 marijuana plants. What was found was a sophisticated multi-stage indoor grow of 269 live plants, clearly in excess of what is needed for legitimate medical needs of one person.  It was also noted that Benson is currently out on bail on similar charges from an arrest by the S.T.E.P. unit this summer in which Benson was allegedly offering medical marijuana for sale over the internet and cultivation/possession of marijuana clearly in excess of his allowed/needed amount.

It has been an ongoing problem that persons are obtaining medical marijuana recommends from doctors who allow them to grow plants in excess of their medical needs. Growers then sell their excess marijuana to dispensaries, directly to buyers on the street, over the internet or as in this case out of state. Under most circumstances 7 to 10 marijuana plants meet the needs of legitimate medical marijuana users. A experienced/proficient grower can meet legitimate medical needs from 1 to 2 plants per year.

It should be understood that the wholesale street price of medium grade marijuana in California at this time is around $1,100 per pound. In some of the Eastern states where possession of marijuana is still a Felony that same pound of marijuana could go for as high as $8,000 per pound.

This case is still under investigation. Any information should be sent to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Dept. S.T.E.P. unit.

 
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Possession of Marijuana for Sale
LOCATION:  26200 Block of Ave 92          DATE:  11-15-11          TIME:  1600 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-60990         VICTIM:  State of CA          CITY:  Terra Bella

Suspect: Marcelo Sosa, age 67, of Terra Bella           

 

On 11/15/11 at 1600 hrs. detectives of the Tulare County Sheriff's Dept. S.T.E.P. unit responded to the above listed location to assist in the robbery of (50) pounds of processed marijuana (TCSO Case # 15229) Upon arrival detectives determined Sosa had grown the marijuana with the express intent of selling it. Sosa expected to earn $50,000 from the (60) pounds stolen and he only had (10) pounds left in his possession at that time. S.T.E.P. Detectives waited until the robbery investigation was completed, then arrested Sosa and seized the remaining 10 pounds of processed packaged marijuana Sosa was intending to sell.

 

It was found that Sosa had a medical recommend allowing him to have (6) pounds of processed marijuana and that he had been using another person’s recommend, along with his own, to allow him to grow excessive amounts of marijuana for sale under the cover of California medical marijuana laws.

 
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Armed Robbery in Terra Bella
LOCATION:  26200 block Ave 92, Terra Bella          DATE:  11-15-11          TIME:  1300 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-15229         VICTIM:  Confidential          CITY:  Terra Bella

Deputies responded to the above location in regards to an armed robbery.  Detectives were called to take over the case.  During the investigation detectives learned the victim was sitting in his vehicle which was located outside the residence at this location. A Black or Gray Jeep pulled up and asked if the residence next to this was for rent. The victim started to reply and watched as the passenger of the vehicle pulled out a pistol and ordered the victim to the ground. The victim laid on the ground without incident and was ordered not to look around. The victim laid on the ground while two subjects got out of the suspect vehicle. Those two suspects entered the residence and removed approximately 50 pounds of processed marijuana, a shotgun and rifle. The suspects placed the stolen merchandise inside their vehicle and ordered the victim to stay on the ground. The suspects left the property and drove westbound on avenue 92.

The Sheriff's Marijuana Suppression Program was also notified of the case because of the involvement of Marijuana.  This site was deemed out of county compliance and a narcotics case investigation was initiated.  See news release for case #11-60990.

This case is currently under investigation.

If you have information regarding this case you can send it anonymously by text or e-mail through the Sheriff's TipNow Program at 559-725-4194 or tcso@tipnow.com .

 

 

 
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Natural Gas Leak in Ivanhoe Area
LOCATION:  Road 160 between Ave 320 and El Rio          DATE:  11-15-11          TIME: 
CASE NUMBER:           VICTIM:           CITY: 

11-15-11, 1200 hrs: A caterpillar tractor scraped a natural gas pipe causing a gas leak in the Ivanhoe area at Road 160 between Avenue 320 and El Rio. 

Teams are working on the piping but have evacuated the area within a one half mile radius.

Included in the evacuation was Charter Home School Academy and residents within the area.

Deputies are on scene to assist with the evacuation until the leak has been cleared.

 

 

 
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Home Invasion - Attempted Homicide
LOCATION:  7100 block of Ave 424, Dinuba          DATE:  11-14-11          TIME:  2250 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-15191         VICTIM:  Hispanic, male age 20          CITY:  Dinuba

On 11-14-11, at about 2250 hrs, Deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 7100 block of Ave 424, regarding a subject having been shot.

Deputies arrived on scene and discovered a twenty year old male suffering from multiple gun shot wounds.  The victim was transported to the Kaweah Delta Medical Center, where he underwent surgery.  He was later transferred to ICU and listed in stable condition.

Witnesses at the scene advised, two Hispanic male adults approached the residence claiming to have had vehicle troubles.  When the witnesses answered the door, the two males forced their way into the residence.  It was at this time, the victim confronted the two suspects.  A physical altercation ensued and one suspect produced a weapon and fired on the victim, striking him several times.  Both suspects fled the area on foot.

The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department. Anyone with information should contact Detective Frank Zaragoza at (559) 735-1898 or Tipnow by phone (559) 725-4194 or email: tcso@tipnow.com.

 
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459, 422, 207 - Burglary, Criminal Threats, Kidnapping
LOCATION:  Residence in Orosi          DATE:  11-14-2011          TIME:  2045 hrs
CASE NUMBER:  11-15194         VICTIM:  Antuwan Edwards          CITY:  Orosi

On 11-14-2011 at 0206 hours, Deputies responded to a residence in Orosi for a reported burglary.  The victim was later contacted by the suspect at a local market.  The suspect forced the victim into his vehicle and drove him to into the City of Orosi.  The victim escaped and called for help.  The suspect was later located, arrested and booked into the Main Jail.

 
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