UPDATE: Kidnapping Victim Found Safe

Location: 40300 Road 128, Cutler

Incident Date: 10-27-18

Case Number: 18-13884

City: Cutler

Posted by: Media Relations

UPDATE: Kidnapping Victim Found Safe

UPDATE: After an extensive manhunt, Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office have found the victim from Saturday’s kidnapping. The victim had been forced into the back seat of his own vehicle while at a gas station in the Cutler Area. 

Detectives followed up on numerous leads over the last 24 hours, which lead to the successful recovery of the victim. The victim has minor injuries as a result of the kidnapping. But he is overall in good health. 

We understand that there will be a lot of questions surrounding the circumstances of this kidnapping. However, due to the ongoing investigation, details leading up to the victim’s recovery can not be released at this time. The suspects in this case are still outstanding and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriffs Office. We will release more information as soon as we can.
 

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The Tulare County Sheriff Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a possible kidnapped victim and/or the suspects.

On Saturday, 10-27-18, at approximately 1150 a.m., Deputies were called to a gas station in the 40300 Block of Road 128 in Cutler in regards to a suspicious incident which had just occurred. Deputies arrived on scene and were told by witnesses of a possible kidnapping.

Deputies located video surveillance at a local store, which showed the victim pulling up to the gas pumps in his 2007 Nissan Versa, license plate #7XWY131. A short time later, a black lifted Nissan Titan pulled up next to the victim’s vehicle, at which time two Hispanic males are seen exiting the truck. The two males confront the victim and he is seen being pushed into the back seat of his vehicle. Both vehicles then fled south on Road 128 toward Visalia.

Deputies immediately began checking the area and found the victim’s vehicle abandoned in the area of Ave 392

and Road 128. Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit have responded to the scene and taken over the investigation.

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The suspect’s vehicle is described as a Black Lifted Nissan Titan (oxidized or faded paint on the cab) with Black wheels, black tinted windows and “Discount Auto” Paper Plates. 

The case is being investigated as a possible kidnapping. Anyone with information or who knows the identity of the victim or possible suspects, please contact Detective Brandon VanCuren or Sgt. Gary Marks with the Tulare County Sheriff's Office at (559) 733-6218 or they can remain anonymous by calling or texting (559)725-4194 or through email at tcso@tipnow.com.