1 dead, 3 hurt in gang stabbing
Police arrested four people last week in connection with a gang attack that sent three people to the hospital.
At 2:25 p.m. on Dec. 22, the Visalia Police Department responded to a residence in the 2800 block of W. Ashland for a report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, officers located two males suffering from stab wounds at this residence. Two of the victims were transported to a local hospital for treatment. One sustained several superficial injuries and did not require medical treatment. Another is currently being treated at an area hospital for multiple stab wounds and is listed in stable condition. A third victim was being treated at an area hospital but later died as a result of stab wounds he received from the altercation. He was later identified as 17-year-old Jerimiah Carrisalez of Visalia.
The preliminary investigation revealed an unknown group of individuals confronted a male at the front door of the residence. A fight ensued with three victims from inside the residence being stabbed and four suspects fleeing the area. The Violent Crimes Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation. Information was obtained from witnesses that identified the four suspects involved in the incident. The motive is still being investigated however it appears to be gang related.
At 3:20 p.m., the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) was able to locate and detain 20-year-old Emmanuel Meza, 20-year-old Ruben Gonzalez and 28-year-old Ebony Garcia in the 3300 Block of S. Woodland without incident. At 11:10 p.m., Violent Crimes Detectives and GSU officers located 23-year-old Josh Ochoa at a residence in the 3600 Block of S. Chatham. He was taken into custody without incident.
The four men were arrested, interviewed and then booked into Tulare County Jail on charges of homicide, attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy and gang enhancement.
The investigation is still on going. If anyone has information related to this incident, they should contact Det. Mona Whaley with the Visalia Police Department at 559-713-4211.