Greg Williamson, Chief of Police
Contact: Sergeant Mary Degeare
Public Information Officer
For Immediate Release Monday, February 21, 2011
On 2/20/11, at approximately 11:00 p.m. Bakersfield Police received information that subjects, possibly associated with the homicide which occurred on 2/19/11, at approximately 1:37 a.m., in the 200 blk of 22nd Street, were at the Togas Motel 99 Inn & Suites, 26442 North Highway 99, Tulare, Ca.
Bakersfield Police officers went to the motel and attempted to contact the subjects. Officers confirmed that the room was occupied but received no response from the occupants. The Tulare County Sheriff Department responded to assist and a SWAT operation was initiated. The SWAT operation was conducted by the Tulare County Sheriff Department which resulted in the surrender of the four occupants in the room. For details on the SWAT operation contact the Tulare County Sheriff Department.
The subjects were transported to the Tulare County Sheriff Investigations Bureau where they were interviewed by Bakersfield Police detectives. Following the interviews all four were arrested.
Rey Robert Avellanoza, H/M, 22, of Earlimart, Ca. for violation of PC 187, Murder, PC 148, Resisting an officer, and PC 186.22, Gang participation.
Semein Cruz, H/M, 18, of Earlimart, Ca. was arrested for violation of PC 32 Accessory after the fact, PC 182, Conspiracy, PC 148, Resisting an officer and PC 186.22, Gang participation.
Francisco Delgado, H/M, 18, of Earlimart, Ca. was arrested for violation of PC 32, Accessory after the fact, PC 182, Conspiracy, and PC 186.22, Gang participation.
Alejandro Amariz Navarro, H/M, 20, of Earlimart, Ca. was arrested for violation of PC 148, Resisting an officer, and PC 186.22, Gang participation.
Avellanoza, Cruz, and Delgado were arrested on charges related to the homicide. Navarro was arrested on unrelated charges.
All four subjects were booked into the Tulare County Main Jail.
The investigation is continuing.
The Bakersfield Police Department would like to thank the Tulare County Sheriff Department and the Visalia Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call Bakersfield Police at 661-327-7111.