St. Patrick’s Day vandal faces 8 years in prison

Man broke windows and glass doors at nine downtown businesses

@TheSunGazette

VISALIA – A Visalia man faces eight years in prison after causing $400 worth of damage breaking windows in the downtown area on St. Patrick’s Day.

On March 26, the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office announced criminal charges against 29-year-old Frank Higareda of Porterville related to a series of vandalism incidents on March 17. Higareda is charged with nine felony counts of vandalism for breaking windows and glass doors at nine downtown businesses.

Officers with the Visalia Police Department’s Commercial Policing unit arrested Higareda at his home in Porterville on March 22. If convicted on all counts, Higareda faces the possibility of over 8 years in prison. Higareda was arraigned on March 26 at the Adult Pre-Trial Facility in Visalia. Higareda will return to court for a preliminary hearing confirmation on April, 9.


Visalia Police Log

Thursday, March 22
At 5:44 p.m., officers with VPD’s gang and drug units served a search warrant in the 2600 block North Bradley. During the search, an AK-47 style rifle and a pistol grip 12-gauge shotgun were located. Officers also located 12 gauge ammunition, half an ounce of methamphetamine, and methamphetamine sales indicia. John Yarbery, 44, was arrested for felon in possession of firearms, felon in possession of ammunition, unlawfully possess methamphetamine while armed with a loaded firearm, and possession of methamphetamine. Nisha Finney, 30, was arrested for two arrest warrants. Both were booked at the Tulare County Jail. Christopher Vercruse, 47, was cited and released for possession of methamphetamine.

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