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Estranged boyfriend kidnaps ex-girlfriend and their child

Estranged boyfriend kidnaps ex-girlfriend and their child

David Flores, 23, of Visalia forced his ex-girlfriend into a car and takes their child before woman was able to escape and find help


IVANHOE – An estranged boyfriend assaulted an Ivanhoe woman and then kidnapped her and their child before she was able to escape and call for help. 

At about 12:40 a.m. on Feb. 1, deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department responded to a home on Paradise Avenue in Ivanhoe regarding a possible domestic violence and kidnapping. When deputies arrived, they found evidence of a struggle in the home but no one was there. Deputies reviewed video surveillance from a home security camera showing a man, identified as 23-year-old Daniel Flores of Visalia, forcing his ex-girlfriend into a vehicle and driving away. 

Deputies, along with officers from the Visalia Police Department, tracked down Flores to the 600 block of South Church Street in Visalia, where they arrested him. Flores also had the young child with him. The child wasn’t hurt. 

Detectives with the Violent Crimes Unit went to the Ivanhoe home and learned Flores had gone to the victim’s home and picked up the child, after he had assaulted the victim. After an extensive search, detectives were able to find the victim who said she was able to jump out of the car and run away from Flores when he came to a stop in Ivanhoe.

The woman had minor injuries from the assault and was treated and released from a local hospital. Flores was arrested and booked at the Adult Pre-Trial facility facing charges of burglary, kidnapping and domestic violence. 

Sheriff’s Log

Wednesday, Jan. 30
At about 7:22 p.m. in the 32900 block of Road 159 in Ivanhoe, deputies were dispatched to Family Market for an armed robbery. Three masked men, one armed with a gun, walked into the store and demanded money. After stealing cash and store merchandise, the men left. No one was hurt during the robbery. This case remains active and is currently under investigation. Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call 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.

Sunday, Jan. 27
At 10:23 a.m. in the area of Avenue 320 and Road 228 in Woodlake, deputies responded to an orange grove regarding a possible cock fight. Deputies saw several people gathered around a portable fighting ring in the middle of the grove when several of the people ran off. Upon further investigation, deputies found two dead chickens and 28 live birds. Tulare County Animal Control took possession of all birds. Deputies also located several long knives and other fighting paraphernalia in the area. Officers from Woodlake, Farmersville and Exeter PD assisted with this investigation and arrested six people for running a cock fighting ring. They were: 70-year-old Louie Miguel Florendo of Visalia, 52-year-old Ismael Arreazola of Fresno, 69-year-old Jerry Charles of Sanger, 70-year-old Robert Kruzic of Fresno, 63-year-old Jose Luis Nieto of Bakersfield, and 55-year-old Ricardo Valverde Aquino of Bakersfield. All six men were arrested and booked into custody at Pre-Trial. This investigation is ongoing.  

Thursday, Jan. 31
At about 10:30 a.m. in the 30900 block of Camp Drive in Goshen, deputies were dispatched to a report of a verbal argument. A woman at the house said she and her boyfriend, Dorian Mendoza, were in a verbal argument as he was moving out of the home. Deputies learned the two were in an argument over a 4-month-old pet rabbit named Bunny who they had bought for their 2-year-old daughter several weeks earlier. The man, identified as Dorian Mendoza, picked up the rabbit and threw it into a wall, killing it. Deputies arrested Mendoza for animal cruelty and an unrelated active arrest warrant for possessing a sawed-off shotgun. Mendoza was later booked into the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility. 

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