Location: Road 120 and Avenue 144 in Tipton

Incident Date: 10/15/20

Case Number: 20-13018

City: Tipton

Posted by: Media Relations

CAUGHT IN THE ACT: Deputies Track Down Taggers with Evidence Still on Their Hands


Just before 6 p.m. on 10/15/20, TCSO Deputies were called to the area of Road 120 and Avenue 144 in Tipton for a report of two men in a blue Toyota sedan tagging a water tank. 

When they arrived, Deputies found gang graffiti on the water tank. About a mile away from the scene, Deputies spotted two men with spray paint residue on them, as well as other evidence that connected them to the crime. The suspects, 23-year-old Alex Menchaca and 19-year-old Alex Jimenez, also admitted to be active Norteno gang members. 

Menchaca and Jimenez were later booked at the South County Detention Facility for Vandalism and the crime of participation in a gang. 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.