Deputies track down alleged molester in San Diego

Tulare County Sheriff’s Office with help from US Marshals track down alleged child molester who fled to San Diego in 2016


VISALIA – The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office can take one man down off their wanted board after a weekend arrest netted an alleged at-large child molester.

On April 26, detectives with the Sheriff’s Department CATTCH Unit conducted an investigation into Buddy Joe Sabedra, 40, and found out he was possibly in the San Diego area. Detectives then requested help from the U.S. Marshals Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force. As a result, surveillance was conducted and Sabedra was found and arrested in the 4700 block of Wilson Street in San Diego. He was booked into the San Diego County Jail and will be extradited back to Tulare County.

In December 2016, deputies with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office were called to the Tule River Reservation for a report of lewd and lascivious acts on a minor under 14. As a result of the investigation, a $250,000 war investigation, a $250,000 warrant was issued for 40-year-old Sabedra of Porterville in November of 2017.

This case remains under investigation and anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of wanted fugitives is encouraged to call Sergeant Steve Sanchez with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 559-733-6218. Or anonymous information about this incident can be reported via Tipnow email, text or voicemail at 559-725-4194 or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones.

Sheriff’s Log

Wednesday, April 24
A Tulare County Sheriff’s deputy was in the area Avenue 326 and Lincoln Road in Visalia when a good Samaritan waived down the deputy. The Good Samaritan told the deputy that a man, who had just run off, had walked up to a 6-year-old girl and touched and groped her after she got off a school bus. The deputy found the man and immediately arrested him. Detectives with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit were called to the scene and took over the investigation. During the investigation, detectives identified the suspect as Luis Roque, who lives in the area of where the crime happened and is known to deputies. 

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