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Crime Lines: Shed shields family from shooting

Crime Lines: Shed shields family from shooting

Backyard storage shed shields family from shots fired by gun toting, drug dealing neighbors


VISALIA – Storage sheds are often considered a nuisance because homeowners fill them with things they don’t need. But in the case of one Visalia home, their backyard shed may have saved their family’s lives.

At 2:08 a.m. on Oct. 7, officers were dispatched to the area of Walnut Avenue and Demaree Street for a report of shots fired. As Officers arrived, they heard numerous shots being fired. Officers identified the shots were being fired from a residence in the 3900 block of W. Fairhaven where they contacted 20-year-old Antonio Torres Alvarado and 22-year-old Ruben Sanchez Jr. During the search of the home, detectives seized 3.4 grams of cocaine, 12 grams of marijuana, 50 Xanax pills, two assault rifles with a high capacity magazine, two handguns, a shotgun, ammunition, spent shell casings, $1,037 in cash and other indicia indicative of sales of narcotics.

The investigation revealed that the listed Suspects fired numerous rounds, while in the backyard to the residence where one of the Suspect’s resides. Several rounds struck a shed to a neighbor’s residence. The neighbor’s residence, which was occupied by (3) children and (2) adults was located on the other side of the shed. Fortunately the shed shielded the bullets from the occupied residence and no one was injured. The listed Suspects were booked at booked into the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility on the above listed charges without incident.

Visalia Police Log

Wednesday, Oct. 3

At 7:14 p.m. on Akers Road south of Cypress Avenue, officers received a report of a rollover traffic collision. An off-duty VPD Officer was first on scene and advised that the female driver, 63-year-old Wendy Napolitano, was trapped in the vehicle. The female was safely extricated by personnel from the Visalia Fire Department and subsequently transported to Kaweah Delta Medical Center for moderate injuries. Officers determined that Napolitano was under the influence of a controlled substance and in possession of rock cocaine. She was arrested for D.U.I. and narcotics related charges.

Thursday, Oct. 4

At 11:45 a.m. at the Smart and Final in the 600 block of West Center, officers responded to a robbery. Upon the arrival, a 17-year-old male juvenile was being detained by witnesses, and an additional 17-year-old male juvenile and 15-year-old female juvenile attempted to flee but were arrested a block away. The investigation revealed that the juvenile detained at the store had attempted to flee with two bottles of alcohol but was stopped by a customer. While being detained by the customer, the juvenile began to bite the customer in an effort to escape. As this was occurring, the other male and female juveniles began to attack the customer by kicking and punching him. At one point, the second male juvenile brandished a knife toward the customer but fled as police were arriving. All three juveniles were booked at the Juvenile Detention Facility for robbery, assault likely to cause great bodily injury, and conspiracy.

At 4:45 p.m. at OnTrac, 9860 W. Ferguson Ave., officers arrested 48-year-old Debra Doherty

for grand theft and possession of stolen property. The Property Crimes Unit had received a tip that Doherty was stealing from the company and initiated an investigation on Sept. 23. OnTrac estimated that several thousand dollars was taken during the suspect employment with the company. Some property was recovered from the suspect’s residence and a second location including drones, Beats head phones and other high-end electronics. Doherty was booked without incident into the Tulare County Pre Trial Facility.

Sunday, Oct. 7

At 1:21 a.m. in the 1oo block of N. Locust, officers responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon that had just occurred. Officers located a male subject suffering from a gunshot wound to the back. They also located an additional male and female that had been assaulted in the altercation. All three were transported to the hospital and are in stable condition. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Detective Rob Meier at 713-4211.

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