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Stranger tries to kidnap girl, 4

Stranger tries to kidnap girl, 4

Family members fend off 24-year-old Visalia man, rescues girl as he flees the scene before being arrested


TULARE COUNTY – A complete stranger tried to kidnap a 4-year-old girl from her home in Goshen last week.

At about 2:40 p.m. on Sept. 4, Tulare County Sheriff Deputies responded to the area of Cottontail Street and Lickey Court for a report of an attempted kidnapping. A man at the home told deputies an unknown man had assaulted him while getting out of his car before running away. Deputies immediately began checking the area and caught up with 24-year-old Derrek Porter of Visalia after he tried to run away.

Deputies say Porter confronted the victim who had just arrived home with his 4-year-old daughter. The suspect, who has no relation and is completely unknown to the family, started making claims that the girl was not the victim’s daughter. A short time later, the suspect and the victim became involved in a fight directly in front of the victim’s home. At some point the 4-year-old got out of the car and the suspect managed to grab the girl. Porter was then confronted by other members of the victims’ family, who were able to get the 4-year-old back before Porter ran off.

Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Investigation Bureau and Forensic Investigation Unit responded to scene and took over the investigation. Porter was booked at the Adult Pre-Trial Facility for attempted kidnapping.

This case remains active and is currently under investigation. Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call Detective Armstrong with 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.

Sheriff’s Log

Tuesday, Sept. 3

In the area of Avenue 244 and Road 200 in Lindsay, deputies responded to a report of a theft of batteries and a GPS system. According to the report, thieves stole the batteries and a John Deere GPS system from the property sometime between 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 3 and 6:30 a.m. on Sept. 4. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the stolen items, the identity of the suspect(s) and/or their possible whereabouts are encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Ag Crimes Unit at 559-802-9563 or 24 hours 559-733-6218, 800-808-0488, Tip Now Line: 559-725-4194 or e-mail tcso@tipnow.com.

Tuesday, Sept. 4

At 8 a.m. in the community of Ivanhoe, detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office TAGNET (Tulare Area Gang and Narcotic Enforcement Team) met with members from Resource Management Agency’s Code Compliance Unit regarding nine civil abatement warrants. While assisting Resource Management Agency, detectives found several illegal marijuana gardens in the 15000 block of Jasmine Avenue, 32000 block of Road 160, 15000 block of Beechwood Avenue, and the 32000 block of Road 158.

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