Crime blotter 3/1/13
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.
Friday, March 1
Officers contacted Larry Crowder, 24, and Richard Burdette, 32, during a traffic stop at Henderson Avenue and Villa Street. Crowder was be under the influence of a controlled substance, and Burdette had six warrants for his arrest. Both were taken into custody and booked at PPD. Crowder was later released with a citation to appear in court, and Burdette was booked at TCSD on his warrants.
Officer contacted Mathew Munoz, 20, during a traffic stop at Morton Avenue and Larson Street. He had a warrant for his arrest. He was booked at PPD and later released with a citation to appear in court.
Injury Traffic Collision
Officers responded to the intersection of Putnam Avenue at Second Street for a reported injury traffic collision. Upon arrival and further investigation, it was determined that Norma Phelps failed to stop for a red light and collided with a vehicle driven by Ramona Rodriguez. Both parties were transported by ambulance to Kaweah Delta District Hospital for complaints of neck and back pain.
Hit-and-Run Injury Collision
Officers responded to the area of Main Street and Locust Avenue regarding a hit-and-run traffic collision involving a pedestrian. The suspect vehicle was southbound on Main Street when it struck a pedestrian who was about to get into her parked vehicle. The suspect stopped briefly before fleeing the scene. The victim suffered pain to her shoulder due to being hit by the right side mirror of the suspect vehicle. The victim declined medical treatment at the scene. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male adult, possibly 55-60 years old, wearing a straw hat with Hawaiian type colors on the band around the hat. The suspect vehicle was described as a newer light tan colored SUV, possibly a GMC Yukon with a sticker in the back window that reads “Beware of Driver” or something similar. The right-side mirror was broken during the collision and was observed hanging down on the passenger side door. The suspect vehicle was last seen fleeing westbound on Orange Avenue from Hockett Street. Officers are looking for the suspect vehicle and the case remains under investigation.
DUI / Driving on a Suspended Driver License
Officers contacted Juan Nicholas Martinez, 24, during a traffic stop in the parking lot of 120 E. Henderson Ave. Martinez was continually honking the horn of his vehicle for several minutes while parked in the parking stall because he was upset at his girlfriend. Martinez was intoxicated, driving on a suspended license, out on bail for a recent DUI, and had two prior DUI convictions. Martinez’ vehicle was impounded and he was later booked at the TCSO Porterville Substation.
Arrest for Violation of Domestic Violence Restraining Order
Officers responded to a residence in the 900 block of West Belleview Avenue regarding a violation of a court order. The victim stated that her ex-girlfriend, Martha Anguiano, 44, violated a current, active criminal protective order against her by continually driving by her residence throughout the night. Earlier in the night, officers witnessed Anguiano drive by the victim’s residence as well. Officers responded to Anguiano’s residence and she was arrested for the violation. She was later transported to Bob Wiley Detention Facility and booked.
Fail to Yield to a Police Vehicle
Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of Corona Drive and Orange Avenue. The driver, later identified as Francisco Lopez, 35, initially provided the officer with a different name and birth date. When confronted by an additional officer regarding his real name, Lopez fled in the vehicle eastbound Orange Avenue then northbound on Leggett Street. Officers arrived in the area of Leggett Street and Orange Avenue and found Lopez had fled from the vehicle and left the vehicle abandoned in the roadway. Lopez has three active warrants for his arrest. He is currently being sought by police.
Annoy or Molest a Child / Resist Arrest / Parole Violation
Officers were dispatched to 1776 W. Olive Ave. regarding an unwanted subject, parolee Cesar Regalado, 28, who reportedly tried to kiss a 14-year-old female. Regalado fled the scene once he observed officers had arrived. The teen reported that Regalado tried to kiss her after entering her family’s residence without consent. Officers attempted to contact Regalado at his relative’s house behind the complex in the 1700 block of West Tomah Avenue; however, Regalado fled into the residence. A perimeter was established around the residence. Regalado refused to come out of the house until confronted with a police K-9 inside the residence. Regalado was then taken into custody and a parole hold was also issued for him. Regalado was subsequently booked into the TCSD Porterville Substation for the above-listed charges.
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