Police arrest man after short pursuit, find cocaine

Visalia Police arrest man with 9 grams of cocaine near Cameron and Stonebrook 

The Sun-Gazette

VISALIA – Running from police is never a good idea. They will eventually find you and the nine grams of cocaine you’re hiding.  

Last Friday, Jan 3 at approx. 11:51 a.m. officers with the special enforcement unit attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle at Walnut Avenue and Court Street. The vehicle initially stopped and then drove away. A pursuit was initiated and was later terminated in the area of Cameron Avenue and Stonebrook Street. 

A detective in an unmarked vehicle located the Edgar Veliz’s vehicle abandoned in the area of Mooney and Caldwell. Officers were in the area searching for the Veliz, 26, when they observed the suspect run north across Caldwell where he was taken into custody without incident. Veliz was identified and determined to be from Tulare. Officers located 9 grams of cocaine individually packaged for sales and over $3300 in cash. There were no injuries or collisions as a result of this pursuit. Veliz was booked at the Tulare County Pretrial Facility on multiple charges.

Visalia Police Logs

Saturday, Jan. 4
At approximately 8:52 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Wienerschnitzel Restaurant on E. Noble Avenue regarding a robbery that just occurred. Employees of the business told police four men armed with handguns entered the business, and demanded money, and property. One suspect struck an employee in the face with his fist. After obtaining an undetermined amount of U.S. currency and a cellular phone belonging to an employee, the suspects fled from the business leaving in two separate vehicles. They were last seen heading south on Ben Maddox from Noble Ave. The suspects were described as being young black males, wearing masks to conceal their faces. One of the vehicles was described as a gray or silver four door Nissan sedan. The employee that was struck during this incident was uninjured, and did not require medical attention. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Visalia PD Anonymous Crime Hotline at 559-713-4738.

Wednesday, Jan. 1
At 10:39 p.m. Visalia PD’s special enforcement unit officers were conducting enforcement operations in the area of N.E. 5th and Houston. Officers located two known juvenile gang members who are on probation with curfew restrictions. Upon contact, a can of spray paint was located on one of the juveniles. A search of the area was conducted and officers located multiple locations that were spray painted and linked with the juveniles’ specific gang. A vehicle, private business, and the Village Park located next to the Wittman Village Community Center were all targets of the two juveniles. Additional evidence was located tying the juveniles to the vandalism. Both juveniles were booked at the Tulare County Juvenile Facility for charges of vandalism and promoting a criminal street gang.

At 4:43 a.m., Visalia patrol officers responded to the report of subjects trying to get onto Mt. Whitney campus. As they were responding, faculty was getting to the location and reported that there were subjects on the second floor. Three male juveniles were found in one of the rooms and they had been moving computer equipment. They were taken into custody and booked without incident. All property was recovered and school officials secured the building. 

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