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The suspect has been identified as Ruben Medrano, age 30 of Porterville
On Thursday, 07/09/2015 an autopsy was performed on Medrano. The cause of death was determined to be single perforating gunshot wound to the head.
(V) Andres Solis Torres 32 years
(S1) Humberto Camacho Gonzalez 33 years, Porterville
(S2) Jesus Alcaraz 28 years, Porterville
(S3) Ruben Medrano 30 years, Porterville (deceased)
On 7-1-15 Tulare County Sheriff’s Violent Crimes Detectives continued their investigation on the above crime. During the extensive investigation Detectives were able to positively identify the above suspects and the vehicle used in the crime.
On 7-2-15 Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Violent Crimes Detectives , Gang Unit and SWAT Team served a search warrant in the 1300 block of Lowry, Porterville where they located and arrested S1 Humberto Camacho Gonzalez for 664-187 PC / 182 PC. An additional search warrant was served in the 1800 block of North Boyles, Porterville however, no other suspects or evidence was located. BOL’s for the remaining two suspects was issued to all surrounding agencies.
On 7-6-15 Tulare County Sheriff’s Deputies with the Porterville Substation made contact with individuals in the Porterville area where they developed evidence and information on the possible location of the remaining two suspects.
Tulare County Sheriff’s Deputies along with Lindsay Police responded to a local motel within the Lindsay city limits where Deputies made visual contact with the suspects inside a room. The suspects forced two females into the room into a bathroom at gunpoint and barricaded themselves in the room.
The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department SWAT Team was activated and while they were in route the two female victims were able to escape. They were unharmed and received no injuries from the incident.
The two female victims were identified as
Hispanic female adult 36 years
Hispanic female adult 27 years
The SWAT Team arrived on scene and a 4 hour standoff ensued. After continual efforts to make contact with the suspects in the room with negative response the SWAT Team made entry and took Jesus Alcarez into custody without any resistance. The third suspect was also located in the room deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Jesus Alcarez was arrested on the initial charges of 664-187 PC / 182 PC with additional charges of 207 PC / 187 PC.
This case remains an active investigation and anyone with information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at 559-733-6218 or 1-800-808-0488. Anyone with information can also remain anonymous by calling the TIP NOW line at 559-725-4194.
ORIGINAL NEWS RELEASE:
On 6-30-15 at approx. 0601 hrs. Deputies were dispatched to the area of Rd. 224 and Ave. 174, Porterville regarding a gunshot wound victim.
Upon arrival they located the victim on the side of the road suffering from gunshot wounds to the body. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he is listed in critical but stable condition.
Violent Crimes Detectives responded to the scene and took over the investigation.