Location: 23700 block of Ave 95

Incident Date: 11-12-14

Incident Time: 2229

Posted by: Media Relations

Charges: Car Jacking, Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Attempted Homicide upon a Peace Officer.

Case #'s 14-14268 and 14-14269

   On Wednesday, 11-12-14 at about 10:29 pm, Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Porterville Substation were dispatched to the 9300 block of Road 236 Terra Bella for a report of a disturbance in progress with weapons.  Upon the deputies arrival they learned the suspect, later identified as Mario Hernandez Gomez 25 years, had already left the scene.  As deputies were checking the area in the 23700 block of Avenue 95 Terra Bella, they made contact with a 34 year old male in an alleyway stating he had just been the victim of a carjacking at gunpoint by suspect Gomez.  
    As deputies were investigating each scene, the victim’s stolen vehicle was observed on Highway 65 near Teapot Dome Road Porterville.  Deputies attempted to stop the stolen vehicle, but it failed to yield and exited Highway 65 and entered eastbound Highway 190.  The pursuit continued eastbound Highway 190 and the sole occupant of the vehicle, again identified as suspect Gomez, brandished and discharged a firearm at the lead pursuing deputy on Highway 190 near Martin Street Porterville, which resulted in the deputy having a single vehicle traffic collision.  Aid was immediately rendered to the deputy, while patrol pursued suspect Gomez to the area of Drive 265 and Worth near the entrance of the Porterville Developmental Center.  Suspect Gomez then lost control of the vehicle at this location and had a single vehicle collision. Suspect Gomez was then taken into custody by deputies with assistance from the Porterville Police Department and booked into the Sheriff’s Porterville Substation.  Sheriff’s Detectives assumed the investigation and the case remains under investigation.  The deputy involved in the vehicle crash was treated and released by an area hospital. The victim of the carjacking did not receive any injuries. The victim and suspect Gomez are from the Terra Bella area. 
     Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at (559) 735-1900 or information can remain anonymous through tcso@tipnow.com