Crime Lines: Nude man arrested in downtown

Officers convince homeless man to put his clothes back before fighting with officers


VISALIA – A middle-aged man went streaking last Friday, but it wasn’t Old School’s Will Ferrell headed for the college quad.

At about 4:45 p.m. on Feb. 9, officers from the Visalia Police Department were dispatched to the 1400 block of W. Center for a report of a nude transient standing in front of a local business.

The naked man, later identified as 48-year-old Shane Masters, was still nude and acting erratic when officers arrived. Officers were able to convince Masters to put his clothes on; however, upon attempting to detain him for an evaluation, he began to struggle with officers. While on the ground, he tried to kick officers but was eventually detained without further incident. Masters was transported to Tulare County Pretrial Facility where he was booked for resisting arrest with force.

Visalia Police Log

Sunday, Feb. 11
At 7:45 p.m. in the 500 block of S. Encina, officers responded to a report of shots being fired. Upon arrival, officers located a victim suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound. The victim was taken to Kaweah Delta Medical Center for treatment. The case will be followed up by Violent Crimes Unit detectives. Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to contact the Anonymous Tip Line at (559) 713-4738.

Saturday, Feb. 10
At 7:22 p.m. in the area of Dinuba Boulevard and Prospect Avenue, officers were dispatched to a robbery which had just occurred. The victim told officers he was sitting on his bicycle food cart when he was approached by the unknown suspect. The suspect displayed an unknown object in his waistband and demanded money. The victim turned over money to the suspect who fled on foot. No injuries were sustained during the incident. The investigation is ongoing.

Wednesday, Feb. 7
At 8:30 a.m. in the 2300 block S. Verde Vista, the Special Enforcement Unit, Narcotics Unit and T.A.R.G.E.T. served a narcotics related search warrant at a residence. During the search, officers found an ounce of methamphetamine. Arrested was 49-year-old Kimberly White. She was booked at the Tulare County Jail for narcotics sales.

At 3:45 p.m. near the Visalia Convention Center, a security guard contacted a young woman creating a disturbance and hitting her head against a wall. The suspect, whose name is being withheld for positive identification, became violent toward the guard ultimately striking him with a stick and a rock causing a cut near his eye. The guard tased the woman who was then taken into custody and booked at Tulare County Jail for the assault.

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