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Wanted man takes baby on high speed chase

Wanted man takes baby on high speed chase


TULARE COUNTY – A man wanted by the U.S. Marshall’s Office led police on a high speed chase while his 9-month-old infant was in the car.

The pursuit began when the child’s mother reported that the child had been taken from her home in the 2400 block of Road 224 in Lindsay. At about 10 a.m., the mother reported 30-year-old Jose Meza had abducted the infant and then fled the house. Meza, who was wanted on criminal charges in other parts of California and Oregon, was spotted and led deputies on a short pursuit, which terminated with him leaving the car, with the infant inside, on railroad tracks and fleeing on foot. The baby was located within the car unharmed. Meza then forced his way into a home a short distance away and attempted to take a car without success. As deputies approached this location, he fled again and was able to steal a truck from another residence.

A long pursuit ensued with Meza ultimately crashing the stolen truck in an open field. After an extensive search he was later located and resisted arrest when deputies attempted to take him into custody. He was taken into custody and booked on multiple charges including child endangerment, resisting arrest, trespass of an inhabited residence, evading, and vehicle theft. The mother was later arrested for child endangerment, filing a false police report and other charges.

California Highway Patrol air and ground units, a Kern County air unit, U.S. Marshal’s Office, Lindsay Police Department and Porterville Police Department all aided with this investigation.

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call Detective Franco or Sergeant Heiden at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 559-733-6218 or they can remain anonymous by calling or texting 559-725-4194 or through email at tcso@tipnow.com.


4 juveniles steal car, lead police on high speed chase

Another police chase happened on Sept. 10, this time between Exeter and Visalia. At 1:21 a.m., officers with the Exeter Police Department were involved in a pursuit with a Honda Accord in the City of Exeter. The pursuit went into the jurisdiction of the county, and detectives with TAGNET (Tulare Area Gang & Narcotic Enforcement Team) took over as primary of the pursuit.

Deputies, along with the Farmersville Police Department, pursued the vehicle into the City of Visalia. The pursuit was ultimately terminated and the vehicle stopped in the area of Garden Street and 1st Street. Five suspects fled from the vehicle which was later determined to be a stolen vehicle out of Visalia.

A perimeter was established with the assistance of the Visalia Police Department, California Highway Patrol, and Farmersville Police Department and assisting personnel searched for the occupants of the vehicle. During a search of the area, four juvenile suspects – three 15 year olds and one 14 year old — were located and taken into custody. Two of the suspects were not complying and taken into custody with the assistance of a Sheriff’s K-9. Both suspects were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries. All four suspects were transported and booked at the Tulare County Juvenile Detention Facility.

Anyone with information on the Anyone with information on the fifth suspect is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 559-733-6218 or send anonymous information by sending a text or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 559-725-4194.


Sheriff’s Log

Saturday, Sept. 9

At 2:40 a.m. in the 2200 block of Rocky Hill Drive in Exeter, deputies responded to a reported armed robbery. The victims told deputies that three unknown suspects approached the victims while they were parked on Rocky Hill Drive and demanded money. A struggle ensued, for which the male victim was struck and a single gunshot was fired at the victim’s vehicle. Neither victim sustained injuries from the gun shot. The victims fled in their vehicle and reported this incident. The suspects were all described as Hispanic male adults between the ages of 18 and 20. The victims could not provide a description of the driver of the suspects’ car. Detectives from the Property Division were called out to the scene and took over the investigation.

At 5:40 a.m. in the area of Avenue 320 and Road 80 in Visalia, deputies responded to a report of a robbery. The victim told deputies that he stopped to assist what he believed to be a stranded motorist when the suspect pointed a gun at him and demanded he give him his wallet and cell phone. After the victim handed over his belongings the suspect struck him in the face with a handgun before driving off in a black Cadillac. The victim returned to home to Goshen where he contacted the Sheriff’s Office. This case is under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office.

At 5:36 p.m. in the 29300 block of Road 86 in Visalia, detectives conducted a probation search of a female suspect believed to be manufacturing/forging fraudulent checks. A search was conducted and numerous check writing and forgery items were located within the residence. Arrested was 35-year-old Brandin Bullock.


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