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Two arrested for Woodlake man’s murder

Two arrested for Woodlake man’s murder

The body of Tariq Alsumiri was found with gunshot wounds in an orchard near Tulare

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TULARE COUNTY – Detectives arrested two people last week they say are responsible for the murder of a Woodlake man. 

The body of Tariq Alsumiri was found with gunshot wounds in an orchard near Tulare. Submitted photo.

The body of Tariq Alsumiri was found with gunshot wounds in an orchard near Tulare. Submitted photo.

On June 13, 44-year-old Melissa Acuna was arrested in Tulare after evidence was discovered linking her to the murder of Tariq Alsumiri, 25, of Woodlake. The next day, Tulare County Sheriff’s detectives served a search warrant in the 1300 block of North Giddings Street in Visalia and arrested 36-year-old Kirk Muro in connection with Alsumiri’s murder. Both suspects were booked at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Pre-Trial Facility.

Alsumiri’s body was found with gunshot wounds in an orchard in the area of Oakmore Road and Cartmill Avenue in Tulare at about 7 a.m. on May 11. On May 15, the Tulare County Coroner’s Office completed an autopsy on Alsumiri’s body and determined the cause of death to be multiple gunshot wounds to the upper torso.

This case remains active and is currently under investigation. Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call Det. Ramos or Sgt. Marks with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes unit at 559-733-6218 or they can remain anonymous by calling or texting 559-725-4194 or through email at tcso@tipnow.com.


Sheriff’s Log

Saturday, June 16

At 7:19 p.m. in the 19400 block of Wallace Road in Strathmore, deputies responded to a report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, Deputies located the victim who had sustained multiple stab/puncture wounds to his upper torso area. During the course of the investigation, an adult male, 23-year-old Raul Figueroa of Strathmore, was identified as the suspect. Figueroa was located a short time later in the area near the assault and was taken into custody without incident. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he is listed in stable condition. The motive for the stabbing is still under investigation.

Figueroa was booked at the Porterville Substation without incident. This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Investigations Unit.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective K. Jones or Sergeant Gary Marks at 559-802-9563 or 800-808-0488. Reference case 18-07959. Anonymous information about this crime can be reported via Tipnow email tcso@tipnow.net, text or voicemail at 559-725-4194, or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones.

A missing hiker was found safe in the area of Lunch Meadow at about 1:30 p.m. Thomas Jackman, 72, of Sun Valley, Calif. went missing on June 13 near the Woodpecker Trail off of Sherman Pass Road in the Domeland Wilderness area. After Jackman hurt his knee, his hiking partner told Jackman to stay put and left to get help. When the hiking partner returned, Jackman was not there. Search and Rescue teams from multiple agencies, including the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, began searching for Jackman both in the air and on the ground. He was spotted by a California Air National Guard helicopter. He was airlifted to the Command Post at Black Rock Station where he was reunited with his lifelong friend. Aside from being tired and hungry, Jackman was in good condition. He was taken to a local hospital for evaluation and then released to his family. 

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