Incident Date: 5/11/16

Incident Time: 1130 hours

Victim: State of California

City: Porterville

Posted by: Media Relations

Fugitive turned herself in: Possession of stolen property, felon in possession of ammunition

On 4-28-16, the Tulare County Sheriff’s County Apprehension Team Tracking Criminals in Hiding (CATTCH) developed information that a subject on the Sheriff’s Top 10 Most Wanted Criminals in Hiding list, Jennifer Watkins, was staying the Strathmore or Porterville area.  

Deputies and Detectives responded to several locations over the following week and were able to track her to a location in Porterville.  Watkins was not apprehended at that time as it was learned she was willing to turn herself in rather than face physical arrest.

On 5-11-2016, Watkins followed through with her intent and turned herself in to the Tulare County Superior Court in Porterville.  The warrants were served and she has been removed from the Tulare County’s Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals in Hiding list.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at (559) 733-6218 or send anonymous information by sending a text or email to or call (559) 725-4194.