Location: 1500 block of East Springville Avenue, Porterville

Incident Date: 06-25-17

Incident Time: 2244 hours

Case Number: 17-07667

Victim: Confidential

City: Porterville and Lindsay

Posted by: Dispatch

Carjacking by force or fear, Obstruct or Delay Officer in Performance of Duties

On 6-25-17 at 2345 hours, Deputies were dispatched to a carjacking, which took place in the 1500 block of East Springville Avenue, in Porterville. Upon arrival, Deputies contacted two victims who stated someone took their car at gunpoint. 

The suspects fled the area in two separate vehicles before Deputies arrived.  During the investigation, Deputies were able to locate the suspect’s vehicle in the 800 block of West Tulare Road in Lindsay where they contacted residents who confirmed at least one identified suspect was at the location and hiding in the attic.  Detectives, including the SWAT Team and Officers from the Lindsay Police Department responded to the scene, obtained a warrant for the property and attempted to get remaining occupants to exit the house. 


All the occupants were eventually removed from the home except for the primary suspect, an adult resident of Porterville who was identified as Rudy Cortez.  Multiple efforts to have him exit or surrender were made with no success.  The SWAT Team used tools to access the attic, and implemented the BearCat to introduce chemical agents. 

The suspect, Rudy Cortez, was eventually contacted in the attic and arrested.  A second suspect was later identified as Angel Thomas Hernandez Ramirez who is also an adult resident of Porterville.  Both men were arrested and booked at the Porterville Substation without incident.  Cortez was also booked for several outstanding warrants with a total bail of $420,000.


Anyone with more information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 1-800-808-0488 or anonymously at tcso@tipnow.com or by text or voicemail at 559-725-4194.