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Crime Lines: Crime couple arrested for robbery

Crime Lines: Crime couple arrested for robbery

Visalia police arrest man and woman team who robbed man at knife point


VISALIA – Not quite a modern day Bonnie and Clyde duo, but one Visalia male-female robbery team was taken into custody after stealing personal property at knife point last week.

At 3:40 a.m., officers were dispatched to Houston and Santa Fe regarding an armed robbery that had just occurred. Upon arrival, officers discovered that the victim was driving in the area of Houston and Santa Fe when a Ofelia Gallardo, 48, waived the victim down. Once the victim stopped their vehicle, Enrique Ruiz, 30, approached and held the victim at knife point. Next, the Gallardo took the victim’s personal property then fled from the area on foot. Shortly after the incident occurred, an officer located both suspects a short distance away and took them into custody without incident. Both suspects were found in possession of the victim’s property, which was later returned. Gallardo and Ruiz were then transported and booked at the Tulare County Pretrial Facility for conspiracy and robbery.

Visalia Police Log

Sunday Aug. 25

At approximately 10:42 p.m., officers were called to an apartment complex on the 300 block of N. W. 3rd regarding a stabbing that had just occurred. Upon arrival, officers discovered that the stabbing occurred during an altercation between the victim, later identified as William Watley, 26, and an unknown suspect. William was transported to Kaweah Delta Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. The unknown suspect fled prior to the arrival of officers. The Violent Crimes Unit and Crime Lab Investigators responded and took over the investigation. Anyone with information related to this case is encouraged to contact Det. Cummings at 559- 713-4722 or can leave an anonymous tip at 559-713-4738.

Friday, Aug. 23

At 12:10 a.m. the Visalia Police Department responded to the 3000 block of S West for a report of a vehicle into a fence. Officers learned the Ford Mustang was traveling northbound West when Martin Rosales, 36, lost control after side-swiping a Toyota Prius, also northbound, and collided with a fence. After further investigation, it was determined that Rosales was passing the Prius in an attempt to flee from a separate collision, southbound West at Caldwell, where he rear-ended an Acura TSX. The investigation is being conducted by the Visalia Police Department Traffic Unit. Speed and DUI are factors in this collision.

At 11:43 a.m., Visalia Police Department Narcotics Unit conducted a Probation Search at a residence in the 1000 block of S. Crenshaw. As a result of the search, Detectives found and seized Cocaine, Marijuana, Honey Oil, two functioning digital scales, $700.00 in currency and other indicia indicative of sales of narcotics. Levina Mesa, 23, was arrested for possession of Marijuana and Cocaine for sales. She was booked at the Tulare County Pretrial Facility.

Thursday, Aug. 22

At 3:20 p.m. Officers attempted to stop a reckless driver in the area of Ben Maddox and St. Johns Parkway. The vehicle fled eastbound on St Johns. The officers pursued the vehicle; however, discontinued the pursuit once the vehicle turned westbound on Houston Ave from Virmago due to public safety. The vehicle continued to drive at a high rate of speed. The vehicle collided with an occupied SUV at Cain and Douglas. The driver of the suspect vehicle, later identified as Barry Dantzler, 30, fled on foot from the vehicle. The officers responded to the scene of the collision; however, they were unable to locate Dantzler. The passengers in the SUV suffered minor injuries. At 5:13 p.m., Barry Dantzler was located in an apartment in the 1500 block E. Douglas and taken into custody without incident. He was arrested for an active parole violation warrant, felony evading and felony hit and run charges.

At 9:45 p.m. officers were dispatched to the 100 block of NW 3rd for an Assault with a Deadly Weapon that had just occurred. Upon arrival, the victim was located and was found to have been struck over the head with an unknown object. He was suffering from a large head wound and was taken to KDMC for treatment for his non-life threatening injuries. The case is being forwarded to the Violent Crimes Unit for follow up investigation. Anyone with information is urged to call the Anonymous Tip Line at 559-713-4738.

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