Police arrest 5th teen in shooting
visalia – It was somewhat shocking last month when three 18-year-olds and a 17-year-old were involved in a homicide. But what’s even more shocking is that the gun used in the shooting was given to them by a 15-year-old.
On May 30, Visalia Police officers arrested the 15-year-old after it was discovered that the boy had snuck the gun out of his house and given it to the elder teens for use in a drug deal. The 15-year-old male was booked into Tulare County Juvenile Hall and will face charges of conspiracy and homicide.
His arrest was part of an ongoing investigation into a May 28 shooting that killed a 19-year-old Visalia man following a drug deal gone awry.
The shooting happened at about 1:54 p.m. in the area of Buena Vista and Zachary streets where a car crashed streets where a car crashed into a parked car. Upon arrival, officers found the driver of one of the vehicles had been shot. Terry Wade, III, 19 of Visalia, was transported by ambulance to Kaweah Delta Medical Center where he later died from his injuries.
Officers were able to obtain a description of the car that had left the scene of the crash and it was located a short distance away. Officers detained the four occupants of the vehicle. After recovering what officers said the believe is the gun used in the shooting, they arrested the four males identified as 18-year-olds Noah Fox, Jose Luis Cortez and Kalvin Solis and a 17-year-old juvenile. All four were arrested on charges of conspiracy, robbery and homicide. During their investigation, officers were able to determine that the crash and shooting were the result of a drug related transaction.
Anyone with additional information related to this investigation are asked to contact Detective James Cummings at (559)713-4722.
Visalia Police Log
Tuesday, May 30
At 2 p.m. in the 800 block of N. Willis St., members of the Narcotics Unit found ½ ounce of Heroin packaged for sale, scales and US currency while serving a search warrant. Robert Chavez, 69, was arrested for possession of heroin for sale.
Thursday, June 1
At 11:50 a.m. at the Relax Inn located at 1720 E. Mineral King Ave., officers with the Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) contacted three subjects standing around a vehicle. One subject was on active probation. A probation search of the vehicle yielded 20 pounds of marijuana, packing material, 0.5 grams of cocaine and over $2,000 in cash. All three suspects were traveling through Visalia from Arizona. Ruben Lerma, Jr., 28, Luis Ernesto Villa, 28, and Rogelio Eduardo Arizmendi, 21, were arrested and cited out for possession of marijuana for sales and conspiracy. Villa had an additional charge of possession of cocaine.
Friday, June 2
At 4:34 p.m. in the 1400 block of S. Central St., officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Both occupants, 18-year-old Robert Edward Serna and 25-year-old Jared Jamal Kelly, were each carrying loaded, concealed handguns. Eleven grams of cocaine and additional ammunition were also located in the vehicle. Both Serna and Kelly were arrested and booked at the Tulare County Jail for possession of a controlled substance while armed, possession of drugs for sale, transportation of a controlled substance, carrying concealed firearms, and carrying loaded firearms in public. serna had the additional charge of obliteration of identification marks on a firearm.
Saturday, June 3
At 6:42 p.m. at Mooney’s Grove Park, officers were dispatched to a fight in progress during the country music concert Jugfest. Upon arrival, officers located two white female adult victims who were 20 and 21 years of age suffering from stab wounds. One victim had a life threatening stab wound and was transported to Kaweah Delta Medical Center where she underwent emergency surgery and is in critical condition. The investigation is continuing. Anyone who has additional information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Kevin Grant of the Visalia Police Department Violent Crimes Unit at 559-713-4092