K-TIP leads to arrest in shooting

By Reggie Ellis

Thanks to a timely interview on a local radio station, Woodlake police officers were able to capture a man suspected of killing his neighbor.

Sabas Cisneros, 24, was arrested on Nov. 1 for shooting Jose Maldonado, 31. Both men were living in the 200 block of Riverside Avenue where the crime occurred at about 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 31.

Police arrived a few minutes later but Cisneros managed to elude Woodlake officers, Tulare County Sheriff's deputies and a helicopter from Kern County by hiding in thick brush along the St. John's River. Maldonado was transported to Kaweah Delta Hospital where he later died from multiple gun shot wounds.

&#8220It's open country out there but there is some heavy brush,” Lt. Ron Hughart said.

The following morning, a foreman for another olive picking operation just south of the crime scene was listening to K-TIP 1450 and overheard an interview with Hughart who provided a detailed description Cisneros: Mexian adult, 5'6” tall, 140 lbs., brown eyes, short black hair, light complection, an earring in his left ear, a tattoo of &#8220Magarita” on his left breast and &#8220Sinaloa” tattooed across his upper back and shoulders last seen wearing a black ball cap, black jacket, black shirt and brown pants.

&#8220The foreman identified a man that matched the description that he had noticed was wandering in and out of the field,” Hughart said. &#8220Apparently he was trying to blend in but stayed close to what was familiar.”

The foreman called Woodlake police who came out for the arrest. Both Cisneros and Maldonado were fieldworkers picking olives in a field near where they lived in separate rooms.

According to witnesses, both were drinking heavily which lead to an altercation about an unknown subject, however, there is no motive as of yet for the crime. No weapon was recovered, according to Hughart.

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