Crime blotter 11/18/12
Information below is provided to The Recorder by the Porterville Police Department. It is noted that only arrests are reported and the suspects have not been found guilty of any crime.
Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012
Officers contacted James Boswell, 42, and Brandi Watts, 29, in the area of Henderson Avenue and G Street. Boswell and Watts had warrants for their arrest. Boswell and Watts were arrested and later issued citations for their warrants and released from PPD.
Arrest for Grand Theft
Officers conducted follow-up investigation on a grand theft of a computer laptop, a Nintendo Wii and a cell phone. The suspect, Blaine Soloman, 25, was contacted and arrested for grand theft and booked at TCSO. The victim’s property was recovered and returned to the victim.
Burglary / Violation of a Court Order
Officers contacted a victim of reported threats. The victim stated that the father of her children, Margarito Gamboa, 33, was sending her threatening text messages while she was in Mexico. The victim stated that she also heard that Gamboa was driving her vehicle while she was gone; although Gamboa does not have access to her vehicle nor had permission to drive it. Officers responded to the victim’s residence and found evidence of forced entry at the back door. Gamboa was subsequently located inside the residence and Ruiz’ keys were inside of Gamboa’s pocket. A criminal protective order was in place and had been served to Gamboa, restraining him from the residence. Gamboa was taken into custody and later booked at the TCSO Porterville Substation.
Hit-and-Run Traffic Collision with Injury
Officers responded to Plano Street and Vandalia Avenue regarding an injury traffic collision between a mini-van and a motorcycle. A witness to the collision took digital photographs of the van as it fled southbound Plano Street and turned westbound onto Highway 190. Video surveillance was obtained from two businesses in the area and the case remains under investigation by the Traffic Unit. The motorcyclist was determined to be at fault for the collision. He was transported to SVDH with moderate injuries; however, he was alert and conscious. It appeared the most severe injury was to his left leg.
Injury Traffic Collision / DUI
Officers responded to Highway 65 at Pioneer Avenue regarding a rollover traffic collision. Once officers arrived on scene, they discovered that a vehicle traveling southbound Highway 65 lost control and began rolling over, landing on its top in the center median. The driver, later identified as Carlos Tapia, 41, was ejected from his vehicle; however, he was walking around at the scene. During the investigation, officers discovered that Tapia collided with another vehicle also traveling southbound Highway 65, and an 8-year-old female in the back seat suffered a split lip from the inside of the vehicle, which required first-aid only. Tapia was transported to SVDH for medical treatment and was later booked at TCSO for DUI.
Officers responded to the 1400 block of North Atkins Way regarding a residential burglary. The victim reported that suspect(s) entered through the garage door into the residence. Cash, jewelry, a PSP and a Nintendo DS were stolen. The incident occurred between 3 p.m. and midnight.
DUI / Child Endangerment
Officers contacted Rodrigo Rodriguez, 35, during a traffic stop. He was determined to be DUI and had children in the vehicle. He was taken into custody and the children were turned over to a family member. Rodriguez was booked at TCSO.
Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance
Officers contacted a 16-year-old at McComb Avenue and Salisbury Street during a suspicious subject call. The juvenile was under the influence of a controlled substance. He was booked at the Juvenile Detention Facility.
Officers contacted Colby Perkett, 30, at a residence in the 300 block of North Third Street regarding a suspicious subject. He had an arrest warrant, which was served. He was transported to TCSO and booked.
Officers responded to the 100 block of South Kessing Street regarding a loud noise complaint. Officers contacted a 16-year-old juvenile and his brother Jesus Ayon, 18. Ayon fled from officers when an attempt was made to contact him. He was located in the back yard and taken into custody after a short struggle. Several subjects were contacted on the side of the residence where alcohol was present with subjects under 21 years of age. The 16-year-old was uncooperative and pulled away from officers when he was instructed to sit down. He was taken into custody after a short struggle. They were both arrested and booked.
Officers responded to the 200 block of South E Street regarding a follow up on a burglary investigation. Officers contacted Veronica Chavez, 35, and she had an active warrant for her arrest, which was served. She was subsequently cited and released at the scene on a promise to appear.
Officers contacted Ruben Vasquez, 27, during a traffic stop at Jaye Street and Springville Avenue. He was determined to be DUI and was taken into custody. He was booked at PPD.
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