Man convicted for hostage offense in Visalia home

(Rigo Moran)

Jury finds Guido Vientresca guilty of taking a female hostage in 2019 before fleeing scene, then later fleeing from police before 2022 arrest

TULARE COUNTY – A jury found a Visalia man guilty of attempted sexual assault and false imprisonment of a woman in her home in 2019 before he fled the scene; then twice eluding law enforcement before being arrested three years later.

Guido Vientresca, 53, was convicted on Aug. 8 in Department 5 of the Tulare County Superior Court for taking an adult woman hostage in her Visalia home the evening of Sept. 22, 2019. He beat the woman, threatened her with a knife and attempted to sexually assault her. Vientresca briefly barricaded himself in a bathroom and verbally threatened officers, but when the woman was able to escape the scene he also fled from law enforcement.

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Guido Vientresca (Tulare County Sheriff’s Office)

Officers entered the woman’s home during the abduction, she was able to run out of a closet in the back of the house and escape the scene. While he was barricaded in the bathroom, Vientresca continually threatened officers and himself with a knife, and also made improvised torches out of aerosol spray cans and a lighter. He escaped when law enforcement left the residence to set up surveillance.

Vientresca eluded authorities for nearly three years, but an operation was set up to arrest him when police learned he intended to return to the victim’s residence in July 2022. Officers attempted a felony traffic stop, but he again fled arrest by smashing a police cruiser and eluding officers before heading north on Highway 99. Vientresca ultimately was arrested in Madera County where he unsuccessfully attempted to flee law enforcement again.

Vientresca was convicted on counts of attempted sexual assault by use of force, assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence, false imprisonment by violence, three counts of resisting an executive officer, two counts of assault on a peace officer, and fleeing a peace officer. Multiple counts are enhanced with special allegations that he used a deadly weapon.

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