Incident Date: 07/15/2015

Incident Time: 2330

Case Number: 15-8835


Posted by: Media Relations

Suspect #1: Female Hispanic/ 14 yrs     Ivanhoe, Ca.  In custody/ Charges: 405(a)/ 148/ 182 PC 
Suspect #2: Joanna Huerta  30 yrs  Ivanhoe, Ca. In custody/ Charges: 405(a)/ 148/ 182 PC
Suspect #3: Male Hispanic/ 17 yrs  Ivanhoe, Ca. In custody/ Charges: 405(a)/ 148/ 182 PC
Suspect #4: Ofelia Perez 37 yrs Ivanhoe, Ca. In custody/ Charges: 272/ 148/ 182 PC

On 07/15/15 at approx. 2330 hours A uniformed deputy with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department was on patrol in a marked TCSO patrol car in the area of Ave 157 and Paradise in Ivanhoe when he saw a Female Hispanic Juvenile who was known to him and to be runaway juvenile as well as having an No bail active felony arrest warrant walking down the street. The Female Juvenile when she saw the uniformed deputy, she ran and hid in a stairwell in the apartment complex in the area. As the deputy approached her she ran again, the deputy caught her and she began to struggle with him and she called for help from people in the area. Suspect #2 Huerta came to the Juveniles aid and began to fight with the deputy to free the female Juvenile who the deputy was fighting with. Suspect #3 A Male Hispanic Juvenile also came to the Juveniles aid and fought with the deputy, thus freeing the female Juvenile from custody. All the suspects were known to the deputy. Suspects #1 & #3 were able to flee the area, Suspects 1& 3 are known southern gang members. Suspect #2 was caught by the deputy and taken into custody without further incident. She was booked on the listed charges at the APTF.

On 07/16/15 the investigation was turned over to the Gang Violence Suppression Unit and the Interagency Gang Enforcement Team to locate the wanted suspects. The ensuing investigation located the suspects, Suspect #1 was located hiding in an apartment in the 15700 Blk of Paradise Ave. , suspect #4 Perez was hiding Suspect #1 and contributing to her delinquency and was taken into custody without incident and booked at the APTF on the listed charges. Suspect #3 was located at a residence in the 15700 blk of Ave 329 and was taken into custody without incident. Both Juveniles were booked at the Juvenile Detention Facility on the listed charges.

The case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Gang Violence Suppression Unit and no other information is being released at this time. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Det. Skrinde or Sgt. Steve Kennedy at (559)735-1898 or (800) 808-0488. Photos available through the Main Jail.

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