Location: 1500 block of East Springville Avenue, Porterville
Incident Date: 06-25-17
Incident Time: 2244 hours
Case Number: 17-07667
City: Porterville and Lindsay
Posted by: Dispatch
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by text or voicemail at 559-725-4194.