Man, 62, shot by burglar is expected to survive
Police arrest two suspects in Fresno for attempted murder on April 16 in Visalia
VISALIA – A 62-year-old man is still alive after being shot several times by a burglar who returned to rob the man’s house for a second time.
The shooting happened at about 10:30 p.m. on April 16 in the 1400 block of West McHughes Avenue. Two suspects broke into the man’s home an hour earlier, stole several items and fled without being detected. One of the suspects, 18-year-old Jovanny Lares, later returned to the home with a handgun and attempted to break into the same home when he was confronted by the elderly man and another victim. The two victims struggled with Lares to prevent him from entering the home when Lares fired the gun. Neither of the victims were injured until the older victim went into the backyard to see where Lares had gone and was shot by Lares several times. The 62-year-old was transported to Kaweah Delta Medical Center where he was listed in critical but stable condition. As of press time, the gunshot victim was expected to survive but was still being treated at the hospital.
On April 19, information led investigators to a residence in the 400 Block of N. Glenn in Fresno. While conducting surveillance, officers with the Tulare Area Regional Gang Enforcement Team (TARGET) task force along with officers from Fresno Police Department’s Multi-Agency Gang Enforcement Consortium (MAGEC) – Metro officers arrested Lares at the residence. While serving a search warrant at the residence, Visalia Police detectives located the items stolen during the burglary. Lares was later booked into Tulare County Jail for attempted homicide, armed robbery and other related charges.
Detectives with Visalia’s Violent Crimes Unit were able to identify the vehicle used to flee from the first burglary and tracked the car to the 3100 block of East Hedges in Fresno where they arrested 19-year-old Adrian Barrera. During a search of the home, more items stolen from the home in Visalia were recovered. Barrera was arrested and then booked into Tulare County Jail for his involvement. No additional suspects are outstanding at this time; however, if anyone has information related to this case, they should contact Det. Celeste Sanchez with the Visalia Police Department by calling 559-713-4739.