On Saturday, March 9 at approximately 4 p.m., officers with the Porterville Police Department responded to the area of Westwood Street and Luisa Avenue regarding a report of suspicious circumstances. 

A 14-year-old girl reported that while walking on Westwood Street, she was accosted by a male adult who tried to lure into an area of shrubbery while holding his right hand inside of his pants. The child fled from the suspect and she reported the incident to police.

Officers combing the area located Brandon Phillips, 32 from Porterville, who matched the description provided by the victim. Phillips was positively identified by the victim as the suspect involved and was arrested for attempted kidnapping and suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Phillips was booked at the Tulare County Pre-trial facility in lieu of $100,000 Bail.

Man arrested for possession of controlled substance for sales

Last Friday at approximately 3:06 p.m., officers with the Porterville Police Department stopped a motorist for a vehicle violation at the Palm Tree Inn. The driver of the vehicle. James Guillen, 41, from Porterville, was on active Tulare County probation for narcotics trafficking. 

A record check revealed that four Tulare County arrest warrants had been issued by a magistrate for Guillen’s arrest. A search of Guillen’s motel room yielded 2.5 ounces of suspected methamphetamine separately packaged for sales, as well as a glass pipe commonly used to ingest methamphetamine.

Guillen was subsequently arrested and he was booked into the Tulare County Porterville Substation on the aforementioned charges. Three of the warrants were listed as no bail.

Inmate death to be investigated as homicide

California State Prison-Corcoran (CSP-COR) officials are investigating the death of an inmate as a homicide.

On Saturday March 9, staff were conducting security checks in a housing unit at 7:30 a.m. They found inmate Luis Romero deceased in his cell. His cause of death is under


Officials have identified Romero’s cellmate, Jaime Osuna, as a suspect. Osuna has been placed in the long-term restricted housing unit.

CSP-COR’s Investigative Services Unit has launched an investigation into the incident, along with the Kings County Sheriff’s Department. The Kings County District Attorney’s

Office and the Office of the Inspector General have also been notified.

Osuna, 31, was received by CDCR in May 2017 from Kern County with a life-without-parole sentence for first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and assault with a

deadly weapon.

Romero, 44, was serving a life-with-parole sentence after being convicted in Los Angeles County in 1992 for second-degree murder with the use of a firearm.

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