On Tuesday, detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit arrested 52-year-old Dale Williams Watson of Porterville for the murder of Dynasty Alexander. 

Dynasty’s body was discovered in an orchard near the 19700 Block of Hosfield Drive in Tulare Sunday. Over the last few days, investigators have followed up on numerous leads and obtained evidence linking Watson to the crime. He was arrested during a traffic stop in Porterville.

Man arrested for stabbing in Save Mart parking lot

On February 28 at 7:59 p.m., officers from the Porterville Police Department responded to a reported stabbing in the parking lot of Save Mart, located at 900 West Henderson Avenue. Upon their arrival, they located the victim suffering from a single stab wound to the chest. The victim was transported by ambulance for medical treatment.

Witnesses reported that the victim and Crescencio Perez Jr. exited a vehicle and engaged in a physical altercation. Evidence and witness statements indicated Perez stabbed the victim during the altercation. 

Perez was contacted at the scene and arrested without incident. He was booked at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department for attempted homicide. His bail was set at $500,000.00.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to contact Detective Crystal Vang (559) 782-7400.

Visalia gang member found guilty of gas station murder 

Late Monday in Department 10 of the Tulare County Superior Court, Judge Kathryn Montejano found Apfu See, age 28, guilty of first-degree murder, attempted murder, and shooting at an occupied vehicle. Each count is enhanced with the special allegation that a firearm was used. See was also convicted of arson of a vehicle. See possesses a prior strike for assault with a firearm in 2008. 

Just after midnight on October 17, 2016, Visalia Police Department officers responded to the Flyer’s gas station on Mineral King Avenue and Ben Maddox regarding a shooting. Two male victims were discovered in a car; one was deceased from a gunshot wound to the head and the other was shot in the knee. 

Video surveillance showed the deceased victim walking out of the store followed by another man, later identified as See. When the victim got in the car, See produced a handgun from his waist and began shooting into the car. 

See jumped into a white van driven by co-defendant Edgar Cardenas, age 20, and fled the scene at a high rate of speed. A short time later, the California Highway Patrol and Tulare County Fire responded to Road 112 in Visalia and found the van fully engulfed in flames. 

Through investigation, detectives identified See and Cardenas. See was arrested at a Hanford restaurant on October 21, 2016. Immediately after the crime, Cardenas fled to Tijuana, Mexico, but returned a short time later at the behest of law enforcement. He pleaded no contest on June 15, 2017, to arson with the special allegation of street terrorism and accessory after the fact with the special allegation of being armed with a firearm. He was sentenced to 8 years and 8 months in prison. 

Sentencing for See is scheduled for April 16 in Superior Court, where he faces up to 118 years-to-life in prison. 

Inmate found unconscious in his cell, pronounced dead at hospital

On Wednesday at about 7:49 a.m., correctional deputies at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Pre-Trial Facility found inmate Albert Balderas unresponsive in his cell. 

Deputies immediately administered first-aid and then rushed Balderas to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. 

Albert Balderas has been in custody and in a cell by himself since his arrest on July 11, 2018. No obvious signs of trauma or foul play were observed. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday March 12, 2019.  

This case is still an active investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Unit Det. Greg Burns or Sergeant Gary Marks at (559) 802-9563 or (800) 808-0488.  Anonymous information about this crime can be reported via Tipnow email tcso@tipnow.net, text or voicemail at 559-725-4194, or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones. Refer to case 19-2745.

Prolific visalia identity thief sentenced to state prison 

Tuesday in Department 6 of the Tulare County Superior Court, Visalia Division, Judge Gary Paden sentenced Jessica Murphy, age 27, to 12 years in state prison for financial and drug crimes. 

On January 29, 2019, Murphy pleaded to 84 counts of identity theft with the special allegation of having been convicted of a prior identity theft, one count of mail theft, one count of possession of a controlled substance, and one count of possession for sales. Each count is a felony. Murphy possesses a prior strike conviction for first-degree burglary in 2018. 

On November 10, 2018, officers from the Visalia Police Department responded to an abandoned car in an alley on Garden Street. During a search of the vehicle, officers discovered numerous pieces of personal identifying information meticulously organized in binders along with checks, vehicle registrations, cell phones, a smart tablet, various keys, and a mobile card reader. On November 20, 2018, officers performed an unrelated traffic stop on a car containing Murphy. In the car, officers discovered syringes, glass pipes, pills, and methamphetamine, along with additional personal identifying information. 

During a subsequent police interview, Murphy explained to officers her history of being a “profiler.” Murphy stated she would receive stolen mail and other stolen personal identifying information, put the information in binders, and sell the profiles to other people to help support her drug addiction. In the course of the investigation, multiple Visalia Police Department detectives were able to contact 85 victims whose personal information was in Murphy’s possession. 

“With many of our personal transactions happening online, we sometimes forget the importance of protecting physical, hard copy information. This case is an important reminder to watch our mail boxes and the personal information that we put into our garbage and recycling cans,” said District Attorney Tim Ward. “Identity theft is a growing crime that touches many people. I commend the Visalia Police Department and our Financial Crimes Division for their diligence in finding the victims in this case and bringing this individual to justice.” 

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Paula Clark of the Financial Crimes Division and investigated by Detective Brian Young of the Visalia Police Department.

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