Parolee drives into waiting arms of the law

Rickey Ray Lawrence drives home to waiting Visalia officers who arrest him for parole violation

VISALIA – It’s not often that police actually have criminals driving up to them but last Thursday that was exactly the case.

According to the Visalia Police Department at 1:16 p.m. their narcotics unit, with the assistance of the Tulare Area Regional Gang Enforcement Team (TARGET) went to Rickey Ray Lawrence’s residence to conduct a probation compliance check.

While officers were searching the residence, Lawrence, 51, drove up in his vehicle. He was contacted and found to be in possession and transporting narcotics. As a result of the search, officers located approximately a pound of methamphetamine, a digital scale, packaging material, 5 vials of steroids, a firearm and a large amount of currency. Lawrence is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing ammunition and firearms. He was arrested and booked into the Tulare County pretrial facility for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition; possession of narcotics while armed; and for possession and transportation of methamphetamine for sales.

Visalia Police Logs

Saturday, Sept. 12

At approximately 7:43 a.m., Visalia Police Department patrol assisted a victim who had located their stolen motorcycle on Facebook Marketplace. The victim, acting as a buyer was able to make arrangements to meet the suspect in the 1300 block of N. Park Street. Patrol officers responded to the area and were able to recover the stolen motorcycle and make contact with the suspect. Investigation revealed the suspect had switched license plates for the stolen motorcycle in an attempt to conceal that it was stolen. Suspect was booked at the Tulare County adult pretrial facility on the listed charges.

Tuesday, Sept. 8

At approximately 11:15 p.m. the Visalia Police Department responded to a report of a shooting in progress in the 600 block of S. Santa Fe Street. The investigation revealed that the victim confronted a male who had vandalized his property. While the suspect was fleeing the area he produced a handgun and fired several shots at the victim, who was uninjured. The suspect in this case remains unidentified at this time. 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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