Location: 20800 Block of Francis Dr.

Incident Date: 5-26-15

Incident Time: 1700

Case Number: 15-9147

Victim: Male Hispanic

Posted by: Media Relations

                                 Hispanic Male Juvenile / 17 yrs from Richgrove, Ca. In custody

On 5-27-15 at approx. 1100 hours Detectives from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Gang Unit and Violent Crimes Division were investigating an unrelated case in the Richgrove area.  Upon arrival Detectives learned of an assault that occurred the prior evening on 5-26-15 between 1700-1900 hrs.  Detectives contacted a victim of the assault, a known “southern gang member”, from the Richgrove area.  The (V) stated while he was a patron at a business in the 20800 block of Francis, he was confronted by (3) rival Northern Gang Members.  The (V) stated gang slurs were exchanged and a fight ensued.  (V) stated he was struck about his head and then blacked out falling to the ground.  (S-1) then proceeded to strike the (V) with his fists while he was lying on the ground defenseless.  (S-1) then proceeded to kick the (V) about his face several times.  The (V)’s friend attempted to break-up the assault but was kept at bay by the other Suspects.  The Suspects eventually stopped the assault and fled on foot.  The (V) refused medical treatment at time of contact and was noted to have significant bruising and cuts to his face. 

Investigators from the South County Gang Violence Suppression Unit assumed the investigation. Upon further investigation Detectives were able to identify all three suspects, who are known Northern Gang Members, which led them to a residence in the 20900 Block of Francis Drive, Richgrove, where they served a search warrant.  The investigators located additional evidence linking the suspect to the crime.  (S-1) was taken into custody without incident and booked at the Tulare County Juvenile Detention Facility on the listed charges.

The investigation is continuing and more arrests are pending. No other information is being released at this time. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Gang Violence Suppression Unit Det. Daniel Linares or Sergeant Steve Sanchez at (559) 733-6218 or (800) 808-0488.

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