DA charges attackers with hate crimes

Two white males beat, stabbed and nearly killed a black man following an argument in Goshen


TULARE COUNTY – A Goshen man was beaten, stabbed and nearly killed earlier this month partly due to the color of his skin. On Oct. 24, the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office announced two men arrested in connection with Oct. 22 attempted homicide in Goshen are now being charged with a hate crime.

At about 4 p.m. on Oct. 22 deputies were dispatched to the 7000 block of Avenue 310 regarding a male that had been stabbed. The victim, who has only been identified as a 60-year old man, was located with multiple wounds to his upper body. The African-American male was airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno where he has improved to stable condition.

During the course of the investigation, detectives with the Sheriff’s Violent Crimes Unit identified the suspects as 25-year-old Hadden Kennedy and 39-year-old Jodan Peck who lived near where the assault took place. The two were originally arrested on charges of attempted homicide and booked at the Adult Pre-Trial Facility. It was later learned that the two men were using racial slurs during the attack and had been involved in arguments with the men in the past.

This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information is encouraged to call 800-808-0488. Anonymous information about this crime can be reported via Tipnow email [email protected] text or voicemail at 559-725-4194 or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones.



Friday, Oct. 27
At 10:30 p.m. in the 16700 block of Avenue 168 in Woodville, officers responded to the Woodville Liquor store in regards to the report of an armed robbery. Witnesses told officers that an unknown male subject entered the store armed with a firearm and demanded money. The cashier gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of money from register before the robber fled the scene. No injuries were sustained by store employees.

Detectives conducted an investigation that resulted in the collection of evidence. Leads were developed and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective R. Gunderman with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Investigations Unit at 559-735-1898. They can also call 24 hours a day at 559-733-6218 or anonymously, by accessing the TipNow page at [email protected].

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