Visalia police officers arrest son for stabbing, mother for being getaway driver
VISALIA – A mother and son criminal duo is behind bars after the son stabbed a victim and took off with his mother as the getaway driver.
Visalia patrol officers responded to the 100 block of E. Paradise last Wednesday, July 10, at 3:50 p.m. for a disturbance. As officers were on the way, they learned a male had been stabbed and a known suspect fled in a vehicle. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male victim who was transported to a local hospital for a non-life threatening stab wound.
The suspect, Leopold Herrera, 21, was located in his vehicle minutes later by responding officers and stopped at Court and Mineral King. Herrera, was detained along with his mother, Maria Vera, 58, who was driving the vehicle.
A search of the vehicle revealed a loaded firearm and narcotics. The investigation showed Herrera and the male victim were in a dispute at a residence on E. Paradise when Herrera stabbed the victim. The victim also retrieved a baseball bat and struck the suspect’s vehicle before it fled. Herrera was trans-ported and booked into the Tulare County Pretrial Facility for assault with a deadly weapon, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of narcotics, and possession of an illegal high capacity magazine. Vera was also booked into jail for a misdemeanor arrest warrant.
Visalia Police Logs
Sunday, July 14
At 9:38 p.m. officers were dispatched to the Visalia Mall for a report of a suspicious person/vehicle in the parking lot. Upon arrival, officers attempted to contact the driver later identified as Alicia Dougherty, 37. Dougherty drove out of the parking lot, without lights on. A traffic stop was attempted and she failed to yield. She began driving erratically and at an increasing speed and the pursuit was called off in the interest of public safety. Dougherty then returned to the Mall parking lot and officers were again contacted by the reporting party. While officers were responding, she left the parking lot again. An officer located the vehicle, still driving without lights, and followed at a safe distance to not alert her to his presence. He was able to follow Dougherty until she turned into a driveway and he was able to box the vehicle in with his patrol vehicle. She ran from the vehicle and was actively resisting arrest when a Visalia Police Department K-9 was utilized to take her into custody. Dougherty was booked at the Tulare County Pretrial Facility on multiple charges.
Saturday, July 13
At 1:16 a.m. patrol officers conducted a traffic stop at Dinuba/Vine. During the stop, officers could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and learn that Javier Guerrero-Viveros, 21, is unlicensed and on probation. A search of the vehicle yielded approximately 3lbs. of marijuana and packaging material for sales. He was booked at the Tulare County Pretrial Facility on multiple charges.
At 5:27 a.m. Visalia Police received a call from the owners of B&D Automotive in regards to two men walking around their fenced lot getting into vehicles. Upon arrival, officers located Antonia Dominguez, 38, and Larinda Brown, 27, and they were immediately detained. The third suspect, Michael Navarrete, 28, attempted to conceal himself within the lot. A Visalia Police K-9 was utilized and Navarrete gave up and was detained without incident. Upon checking the lot, officers found that Dominguez and Navarrete had gained access to the lot by cutting the fence. Once inside they were actively removing stereo equipment from the vehicles when officers arrived. All three suspects were booked at the Tulare County Pretrial Facility for commercial burglary and conspiracy charges.
Wednesday, July 10
At 4:44 a.m. the Visalia Police Department responded to the Visalia Mall Parking Structure for a report of a single vehicle traffic collision. Officers found the vehicle was traveling westbound through the ground floor of the parking structure and collided with the west wall. The driver was the lone occupant and was transported to Kaweah Delta where he was pronounced deceased by Emergency Medical Services. Medical issues are believed to be a factor in this incident. Alcohol and drugs are not suspect-ed in this case. The investigation is being conducted by the Visalia Police Department Traffic Unit. The cause of the collision is still under investigation. Name withheld pending notifications.