Cops take down the house in illegal gambling sting

Visalia police special enforcement bureau cracks down on illegal gambling, arrests four

The Sun-Gazette

VISALIA – Visalia police hit the jackpot when they dismantled a makeshift gambling spot in town last week.

According to the Visalia Police Department officers assigned to the special enforcement bureau (SEB), with the assistance of patrol units, served a search warrant at a residence in the 800 block of N. Leslie, last Thursday at 1:36 p.m.

The investigation began approximately one month ago when officers received an anonymous tip reporting illegal gambling at the residence. When officers arrived, they contacted George Licon, 44, Keo Ornpaeng, 37, Crystal Bermudez, 33, Tauhid Ivory, 45, and two other people. They were participating in illegal gambling. 

During the search narcotics, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and gambling machines were located. Licon and Ornpaeng were cited for illegally gambling and for two outstanding arrest warrants. Bermudez was also cited for two outstanding arrest warrants. Ivory was booked at the Tulare County pretrial facility on an outstanding arrest warrant for domestic violence. 

Code enforcement responded to the residence and found numerous building code violations. Southern California Edison responded to the residence because of an illegal electrical bypass. The residence was posted “unsafe to occupy.”

Visalia police logs

Friday, May 1
At approximately 11:52 p.m. the Visalia Police Department responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon at 7 Eleven located at 111 W. Walnut Ave. The investigation revealed that the suspect, Daniel Correa, 38, of Visalia, entered the business and started a disturbance. As employees were attempting to get him to leave the property the suspect retrieved a screwdriver from his person and threatened the employee. An employee armed himself with a bat as the suspect advanced on him and was able to repel the suspects attack. The suspect was taken into custody by responding officers and booked into the Tulare County Adult Pretrial Facility for assault with a deadly weapon.

Thursday, April 30
At 6 p.m. patrol officers responded to the 1100 block of W. Seeger for a report of an assault with a knife. Officers learned the suspect came to a residence and confronted the victims over an unknown domestic issue. The argument escalated and the suspect cut one victim’s hand with a knife and attempted to cut another victim. The suspect was arrested at the scene by responding officers and booked in jail.

Wednesday, April 29
At approximately 12:12 a.m. patrol officers responded to a report of a robbery in the area of Jefferson Park. Officers learned the male juvenile victim was at an apartment complex in the area of the park when he was confronted by the three suspects. The victim advised that they demanded his property and threatened him with a knife. The victim dropped his property and fled to notify police. The suspect descriptions were given to assisting officers and all three were located in the park boundary. The weapon was recovered as well as the victim’s bicycle. The suspects were booked for the listed charges.

At approximately 12:48 a.m., Visalia Police Department patrol responded to the report of a suspicious vehicle at Ferguson and Plaza. When officers arrived on scene they located a stolen pickup truck occupied by two individuals. A traffic stop was conducted and both suspects were arrested for auto theft and possession of stolen property. The suspects were booked at the Tulare County Adult Pretrial Facility on the listed charges.

Tuesday, April 28
At approximately 1:57 a.m., the Visalia Police Department received a report of a commercial burglary alarm at the Bethlehem Center located at 1638 N Dinuba Blvd. Upon arrival, officers discovered that entry was made into the business after smashing the glass front door. During a search of the building officers located suspect, Khamvone Phaphon, 41, hiding in a clothing rack with a backpack full of jewelry from a display case located in the business. Phaphon is on probation for burglary. Phaphon was booked for commercial burglary and burglary during a state of emergency/looting.

At approximately 12:34 a.m. the Visalia Police Department responded to a report of a burglary alarm at Visalia First Assembly of God Visalia located at 3737 S. Akers St. Upon arrival officers discovered that an unknown suspect smashed a window to gain entry to the closed business and fled with an undetermined amount of property. The investigation into this incident is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Visalia Police Department. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the tip line at 559-713-4738.

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